I was introduced to Ismat Chughtai via her books when I was exploring Indian literature scene. Alongwith Satyajit Ray, Khushwant Singh, Sadat Hasan Manto; I found this jewel of a writer who was considered a rebel of her times. Title: Lifting the Veil Author: Ismat Chughtai Genre: Urdu Literature Publication: Penguin books Ismat Chughtai (1911-1991)… Read More [I] In the world of Ismat Chughtai #AtoZchallenge
Holi has become synnonymous with hooliganism in India with the rise in cases of molestation on this occasion across the country. Is this then whats left of our culture and tradition? Depravity and harassment in the name of religion/festivities? What have we become?… Read More Ho(o)li-ganism the new definition for the festival of colour – HOLI!
I grew up surrounded by love. Doted on by Dida and Dadu (my maternal grandparents), with Choto Mashi (younger maternal aunt), stitching clothes for my dolls; and the two of us eating chaat together in the evenings. Life was very, very good. Both Ma and Baba (my parents) were working, but I didn’t feel short-changed… Read More [ #Opinion ] Body Shaming | #Guestpost by Anonymous |
” We were just sitting around the bonfire and enjoying the guys playing the guitar while some of us sang along. I don’t know when it happened, but suddenly I was aware of my hand touching hers and she didn’t pull hers away. When I looked at her, she too held my gaze and then… Read More The Call of the Wind that tugs at the heart strings! | #barathon |
Body Shaming Growing up in a patriarchal, conservative family, one never realised that at the receiving end of our friendly banter around body types – the moti, kaali, chhoti labels was a real person. Thankfully with the education one received and the maturity and perspective one gathered; most of us were able to see the… Read More [ #Opinion ] Body/ Slut / Image shaming | #Guestpost by Unhotelier Manish Sinha |
When I wanted to flex my career wings and step out of the homely cocoon to find work in a metropolis like New Delhi, I faced vociferous objections from the parental authorities. “It’s unsafe for women!” “Men prey on a women’s vulnerabilities and coerce them to do things.” “Marriage and kids is a safer/better thing.… Read More Lord of the Files snips my work wings | #barathon |
If you think a bad marriage is akin to a war; wait till you make the decision to get a divorce – all hell breaks loose in every sense of the word from all quarters of your life – parents, siblings, cousins, friends, colleagues, neighbours…….. You name it and they all have an opinion on… Read More War and Pieces – A woman who asks for a divorce is branded worse than a slut | #Barathon |