Sexual Harassment in the Classroom

First published on Feminism in India. When I was in 8th grade, there was a new ‘joke’ spreading in my school. “Sone ka bhaav kya hai?” (What is the value of “sone”?) the boys would ask us girls, sniggering. The joke hinged on a crass pun, you see. Most of the girls would assume that ‘sona’ meant gold, and would respond accordingly. But ‘sona’ also meant sleeping. So … Continue reading Sexual Harassment in the Classroom

People Ruin Beautiful Things

Travel and tell no one, live a true love story and tell no one, live happily and tell no one, people ruin beautiful things. – Khalil Gibran She wore her pink earrings. The bright pink ones, that looked like tic-tac clips hanging from her ears. She wore her yellow kurta and her white leggings, her blue eyeliner and her red lipstick. And after she was … Continue reading People Ruin Beautiful Things

I’m a Prisoner of Kaajal, and I Love It!

My tormentor has many names; eye pencil, eye liner, eye color. Sometimes it looks like a pen so you can’t call it eye pencil, and the advertisements call it kaajal, but it’s apparently not kaajal. But let’s not delve into the confusing world of eye makeup more than we have to. For the sake of my sanity, and yours, let’s just call all of it kaajal. Because I’m … Continue reading I’m a Prisoner of Kaajal, and I Love It!

From Tongue Twisters to Mind Twisters

Feminism. Femininity. Feminine. Feminist. Feminazi. These words keep ringing in my head. Over and over like the constant ringing of bells at a temple. String them together and try repeating them over and over, and they sound like the tongue twisters we used to struggle with as kids. She sells sea shells on the sea shore. Feminism. Femininity. Feminine. Feminist. Feminazi. What do these words … Continue reading From Tongue Twisters to Mind Twisters

Sita Sings the Blues: A Modern Ramayana

Adaptations mean different things to different people. Some like them, some don’t. Some do not care enough to have strong opinions about them. Personally, I dislike adaptations; especially book to film adaptations. They are either boring  and lack creativity, or they are too concise and unfaithful to the original. But what irks me the most is that the movie is never as good as the book. Since … Continue reading Sita Sings the Blues: A Modern Ramayana

Why India needs Feminism – Part I

A few days ago, I was talking to a friend, and the conversation somehow turned to sexual harassment. (Yes, that does happen!) I asked him if he’d ever been sexually harassed. “Not as far as I remember” he answered. I began narrating my first encounter with sexual harassment, as one of those incidents in your past that you look back and chuckle at. Before I knew … Continue reading Why India needs Feminism – Part I

Feminism: The Flip Side

Four years ago, I was tagged in a note on Facebook. It was written by a girl from my school; one that I had never really spoken to before. Girls are so special. I was surprised and curious, and not sure what to expect. ‘Probably something feel-good,’ I thought, ‘like chocolate!’ It started off with ‘We can use tears as a threat…. most guys wont … Continue reading Feminism: The Flip Side

Pink: A Feminist Rant

Being a feminist can be really complicated. Anything and everything can piss you off! From people organizing rangoli making and threading the needle competitions for Mothers’ Day (how dare the emphasize outdated gender roles?! Is that all women are supposed to do or be good at?!) to women having to take their husband’s surname and live in his house (just shows how strongly patriarchal our … Continue reading Pink: A Feminist Rant

Happily Ever After…? Part II – The Beauty Ideal

There are so many things wrong about fairy tales, that we don’t even realize. I don’t even know where to start! P.S. If you’re confused, you should probably read my previous post on this topic – Happily Ever After…? Part I If you already have, carry on. Take the Beauty ideal, for example. What do these women really do in their lives, to have such happy endings? … Continue reading Happily Ever After…? Part II – The Beauty Ideal

Happily Ever After…?! Part I

Fairy tales. Stories of magic and happy endings. We all grow up with them. Especially the girls! Dreaming of colourful dresses and glass slippers, of being the fairest in the land and dancing with Prince Charming! And with the Disney films, we don’t even have to imagine how beautiful it all is! We watch these movies with wonder and joy, imagining ourselves as the gorgeous … Continue reading Happily Ever After…?! Part I