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9 Young Adult Books With Diverse Leads That You Shouldn’t Miss

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This year’s New York Times Bestseller Lists have boasted 40-50% young adult books by authors of colour, and the message is clear: readers want more than just your cookie-cutter, cishet white stories.
Traveling To North India: To Travel Is To Smash The Patriarchy?

Traveling To North India: To Travel Is To Smash The Patriarchy?

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"North India is not safe for two girls to travel alone" were words we often heard from almost everyone.
A Playlist For Anyone Who Wants To Celebrate A Good Or Bad Day

A Playlist For Anyone Who Wants To Celebrate A Good Or Bad Day

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This playlist is just a personally curated list of songs that I like to listen to on a particularly bad day or just to feel good. I hope you find a song, or better if a song finds you.
Sahiyo

Sahiyo: Empowering Dawoodi Bohra Communities & Putting An End to Female Genital Cutting

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Interview with Sahiyo, an international organisation united against female genital cutting among the Dawoodi Bohra community in India.
The Poison Of Love Review

The Poison Of Love Lays Bare The Toxicity Of Emotionally Abusive Relationships

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K.R. Meera’s ‘The Poison of Love’ lays bare the confusing realities of abuse, toxicity and the crushing oppression of gender roles.
magical women

Book Review: Magical Women – An Anthology Of Indian Women-Written Fantasy & Sci-Fi

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Published by Hachette India in 2019, the Magical Women anthology brings together 14 stories by well known contemporary Indian women writers, each drawing from the women that already exist in our Indian mythology and folklore, but also adding their own eccentric touch to it.
Patriarchy And The Perils Of Solo Travel: Notes From An 'Older' Woman

Patriarchy And The Perils Of Solo Travel: Notes From An ‘Older’ Woman

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My decision to travel literally saved my life and helped me escape the shackles of Brahmanical patriarchy. I will to solo travel until I die.
Book Review: Crafting The Word: Writings From Manipur Ed. By Thingnam Anjulika Samom

Book Review: Crafting The Word: Writings From Manipur Ed. By Thingnam Anjulika Samom

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Crafting the Word: Writings from Manipur edited by Thingnam Anjulika Samom explores Manipuri literature by women to bring out the stories untold in the mainstream.

15 Books You Must Read To Understand Same-Sex Sexuality In India

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Here's a curated – by no means exhaustive – list of books you can read to deepen your understanding of same-sex sexuality in India.
A Feminist Reading Of Dear Zindagi

A Feminist Reading Of Dear Zindagi

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Dear Zindagi is a film of our times about Kaira (Alia Bhatt) leading a life on her own terms and trying to cope with the difficulties that arise due to not conforming to a more traditional gender role, including working a fixed-salaried job, getting married, not expressing opinions before elders and being with a single partner for life.

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Scrapping For Glitter: The Dark Side Of The Cosmetic Industry

Scrapping For Glitter: The Dark Side Of The Cosmetic Industry

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Mica is used in eyeshades, lipsticks, mascara, nail polish, blush and many such cosmetic products. 60% of the high-quality mica that goes into the cosmetic industry is sourced from India and most of it comes from scrap mining.
The Impact Of Covid-19 On Assam's Women Weavers

The Impact Of Covid-19 On Assam’s Women Weavers

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In a world that is marred with COVID-19, India has been in a lockdown and the practice of physical distancing is in practice. This has severely impacted these women weavers who have lost their livelihood and space of solidarity.
Housework And The Normalization Of The ‘Clueless Man’

Housework And The Normalization Of The ‘Clueless Man’

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When the cluelessness of the man with respect to housework is normalised, the actual burden is thrust on the woman.