Meetup 147: Writing about Emotions

Last Saturday, Kabir hosted a session at Write Club with a focus on emotion. Though good writing ends up evoking deep emotions within the reader, it does so without explicitly alluding to it. That is perhaps the hardest lesson to learn as a budding writer: the importance of understating the emotion and focusing on the […]

Questions on Female Feticide that We Must All Ask Ourselves

Feticide. Saving the girl child. Killing in the womb. I was at the movies the other day. Before the main reel began to roll, they showed us a short film of a female fetus singing from the womb to her parents. That she wanted to live. That she wanted to grow into a real person. […]

3 Kinds of Marriage in Hindu Mythology – and what they tell us

I think it’s safe to say that marrying for love is a recent phenomenon. Traditionally, marriage has always been a coming together of two individuals with the intention of having children. Love was neither necessary nor sufficient. Things like social standing, material riches, and good genes (read beauty) mattered a lot more – not only for […]

Come With Me, Let us Touch the Sky

This excellent sketch and poem have come to us from Priya Sridhar, who blogs at Kismi Toffee Bar. If you haven’t checked out her blog, you absolutely must. She’s got tons of cool stuff over there. Pink is for girls, blue for boys, they said. How would you like it, if you were packed into boxes, […]

Does Pornography Promote Male Domination?

I take it that the debate on pornography and its effect on society is at least a few centuries old. There have always been a certain group of people vying to define what is ‘good’ and to control what the others should or shouldn’t see. I’ve never given much thought to the matter, but have […]

Feminism Counterpoint 3: The Illusion of Equality

I wrote a couple of posts in the last few weeks on the feminism wave in India. More specifically, I linked to a Buzzfeed article which showed pictures of people who held placards which began with the words: ‘India needs feminism because…’ I was critical of the whole exercise, and also some of the responses […]

Why Bride Price is not quite the same as Bride Purchase

Recently I came across the concept of bride price (sociologists like to call it bride wealth), in which the groom pays a certain amount of wealth to the bride’s parents at the time of marriage. This is in contrast to dowry, where wealth is given to the daughter by her parents for ‘setting up the house’. […]

Feminism Counterpoint 2: Rape Numbers Will Not Come Down

For those of you who are here for the first time, maybe reading Feminism Counterpoint 1 will give some context. In that post I raised the point of judging one another by our clothes and how instinctive that behaviour is. Today we’ll take on another commonly held myth among feminists (evidenced by the buzzfeed responses, […]

Weekly Wrap Up – 12 July, 2014: Feminism, The Demise of Reading, Priyanka Chopra and more

Here are a few posts from last week that you (may have) missed. Sunday Shweta Taneja blogged here about the 7 pieces of advice that she got from insiders of the publishing industry. Be sure to check it out of you’re an aspiring writer. Or if you’re just curious. Monday A sneak peak into the […]

Feminism counterpoint 1: You will be judged by what you wear

First, some context. A few days ago I came across a list on Buzzfeed where forty-five people held up placards that spelled out reasons why India needs feminism. I was not an insider, so I don’t know it for sure, but it looks like Buzzfeed contributor polled a few people with the incomplete sentence ‘India needs […]