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Whores Women And Titles

It was a particularly dry summer in Jodhpur this year. The air was still. The heat made Kalpana stay inside the house. Except for the occasional vegetable shop visits or the pharmacist…

FAT GIRL IN SLIM BODY

In college, everyone teased her about her weight. She was aware that she more fuller than the others. She defended the soft bullying by making jokes about herself. Most were drawn to…

Aparna Sen

Aparna Sen remains an extended crush since childhood. It is an unending fascination for the woman she is and her contribution to the Bengal film industry. I used to cut and glue…

SILK SMITA

For sitting comfortably opposite Shivaji Ganeshan with her legs crossed, she was branded as disrespectful and shunned by senior Tamil film artists, producers, and the media. Silk said, “she didn’t know that…

Who Cares?

“Who cares?”, said very few women. We are trained since puberty to care. Our self-esteem is based on how we are perceived as “women” in a society that is staring at us…

The Palace Hotel Called Ranvas

In the midst of the fortifying remnants of the Ahhichatragarh Fort in Nagaur, Rajasthan, lies a palace hotel called Ranvas. It was the palace for the erstwhile King’s sixteen queens. If you…

The Ideology called JNU

JNU has a very special place in my heart. I studied a year there & spent a very large part of my youth almost every evening inside the campus, drinking tea and…

When Will Women Get to Live Inside “Civilization”?

Again, yes, all over again the entitlement towards gratification and validation (which we call “patriarchy”, for short) raised its ugly head in Hyderabad, as they found the charred remains of 26 year…

The Sacred Shade Of Indigo

What begins as a soft tune in the heart and reaches a final crescendo of tunes, notes and the symphony is what some creations are all about. The indigo collection from Sunaina…