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What 'Gully Boy' Got Right

What ‘Gully Boy’ Got Right

Gully Boy is a story of dreams, of falling down and getting up, of following your passion so it heals all of your pain caused by mistakes being made, by wanting to break free and through it all, it is a treat.
Period. End Of Sentence. Wins An Oscar For Its Sensitive Portrayal Of Menstrual Stigma In India

Period. End Of Sentence. Wins An Oscar For Its Sensitive Portrayal Of Menstrual Stigma...

The way local women channel anger at menstrual taboos into their work — making sanitary pads to improve female hygiene and earn a living — is the focus of the film 'Period. End Of Sentence.'
How Tamil Cinema Normalises And Promotes Rape Culture

How Tamil Cinema Normalises And Promotes Rape Culture

When it comes to rape, Tamil cinema cannot seem to get the message right. There are hundreds of movies where rape is reduced to just a joke.
7 Progressive Women In The Stories Of Rabindranath Tagore

7 Progressive Women In ‘The Stories Of Rabindranath Tagore’

‘Stories by Rabindranath Tagore’ is a television series based on the novels and short stories of the Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. All of the women created by Tagore have one thing in common – their rejection of the subordinate status of women in Bengali society.
How Qissa Portrays Patriarchy And Its Gender Dynamics

How Qissa Portrays Patriarchy And Its Gender Dynamics

Qissa draws light on Margaret Mead’s argument that it’s the child-rearing practices which try to establish certain differences between sexes.
All That Is Good About Sex And The City – Here Are 4 Reasons Why

4 Reasons Why All Is Good About Sex And The City

Fifteen years ago, with its last episode, Sex and the City gave a whole new definition to female solidarity. While the underlying flaws in the series cannot be overlooked, it can also not be denied that the show has been an integral part of the popular culture.
How Being Body-Shamed Left Me Traumatised

How Being Body-Shamed Left Me Traumatised

After being body-shamed to such an extent I grew so dejected and downcast, that I avoided interactions with my classmates, opting to spend my recess in the library after grabbing a quick bite. However, little did I imagine that body-shaming would continue to dog me even in adult life.
Book Review: Motichur Volume 1 & 2 By Rokeya Begum

Book Review: Motichur Volume 1 & 2 By Begum Rokeya

Motichur is a collection of essays written by Rokeya, originally published in Bengali, consisting of volume 1 (1904) and volume 2 (1922). Rokeya addressed an array of issues in the essays – the ways religion oppressed women, linked women's emancipation to India’s independence, women’s confinement to the home, women's lack of educational opportunities, and many more.
Book Review: Chokher Bali – A Grain Of Sand By Rabindranath Tagore

Book Review: Chokher Bali – A Grain Of Sand By Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore's 1903 Bengali novel Chokher Bali is often referred to as India's first modern novel, where he highlighted the issues of women's education, child marriage and the treatment of widows in the 19th and 20th century Bengal.

Don’t Let Marriage Hold You Back: In Conversation With Anita Peter

Anita Peter is a Mohiniyattam performer and the founder of Lasya Drutha, Center for performing and fine arts foundation in Telangana. In May 2017, she did an 8000 km expedition from Kashmir to Kanyakumari riding her Harley Street 750 to carry her social initiative ‘I Pledge- Awareness for change’.

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Darshan Ranganathan: Self-Made Pioneer In Organic Chemistry | #IndianWomenInHistory

Darshan Ranganathan: Self-Made Pioneer In Organic Chemistry | #IndianWomenInHistory

Darshan Ranganathan was the most distinguished organic chemist of her times in India, with multiple publications in The Journal of the American Chemical Society, Journal of Organic Chemistry and many notable others.
Thoughts While Reclaiming The Ladies' Seat In Metro: Space, Accessibility, and Entitlement

Thoughts While Reclaiming The Ladies’ Seat In Metro: Space, Accessibility, and Entitlement

It doesn't matter if one is menstruating or not, that the ladies' seat is for women, and that alone is the criteria.
To Kill a Mockingbird

Gender Roles And Stereotyping In ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

To Kill a Mockingbird covers several themes that are often uncomfortable to encounter and explore, such as racism and loss of innocence.