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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’.
The Singularity Of Kodagu’s Cultural And Social Identity

The Singularity Of Kodagu’s Cultural And Social Identity

Recognising the Kodavas’ singularity as a community is impossible without also recognising its strong matriarchal undertones. Kodagu women were and still are extraordinary in their commanding wisdom and hardiness.
Book Review: Mayilamma –The Life Of A Tribal Eco Warrior

Book Review: Mayilamma –The Life Of A Tribal-Eco Warrior

Mayilamma: the journey of a tribal eco warrior reveals the dark side of globalisation and consumption, and flaws in the logic of capitalism and development.
Brown Girls Is Unapologetically Honest About Queer Women Of Colour

Brown Girls Is Unapologetically Honest About Queer Women Of Colour

Brown Girls puts forth the absolute necessity of intersectional female solidarity in faces of distress and otherwise.
Meet Dr Aiswarya Rao: A Doctor And A Disability Rights Activist

Meet Dr. Aiswarya Rao: A Doctor And A Disability Rights Activist

Aiswarya Rao is a paediatrician, a disability rights activist and the founder of Better World Shelter a rehabilitation centre for disabled women in Chennai.

Generation Aami Offers An Empathetic Portrayal Of Mental Illness

Generation Aami encourages us to reflect on several taken-for-granted social issues which we may encounter at some point in our lives. We become aware of how not to treat a person with depression.
Sony TV's Patiala Babes And Its Refreshing Take On Patriarchy

Sony TV’s Patiala Babes And Its Refreshing Take On Patriarchy

With a simple and predictable storyline, Patiala Babes portrays a refreshing, entertaining, and also an impactful take on women bonding with each other to survive patriarchy.
Rewatching Gilmore Girls Woke Me Up To Its Problematic Truths

Rewatching Gilmore Girls Woke Me Up To Its Problematic Truths

I’ve always fondly thought of “Gilmore Girls” as the TV equivalent of comfort food, so waking up to its problematic truths wasn’t what I hoped would happen when I re-watched it.
4 Times The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Was Savagely Feminist

4 Times The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Was Savagely Feminist

These are 4 scenes from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel that have been marvelous enough to scream to the whole world, “Yes we are feminists and we are on the path to conquer the world.”

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Made in Heaven Unpacks The Politics Behind Marriages In India

Made in Heaven Unpacks The Politics Behind Marriages In India

While the centre of the series remains the rich and elite class of Delhi, the focus of Made in Heaven remains to be the issues which are often swept under the carpet and closeted.
The Burning Of Holika

Reading Caste In Holi: The Burning Of Holika, A Bahujan Woman

Every Holi, we burn Holika – a Bahujan woman. Our festivals are based on Vedic & Puranic stories which suppress stories of the lower castes.
A Not-So-Patriot Act The Undue Outrage Over Hasan Minhaj’s Show

A Not-So-Patriot Act: The Unwarranted Outrage Over Hasan Minhaj’s Show

Predictably, in this hostile environment, the newest episode of Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act was met with over-the-top and ridiculous outrage, complete with nastiness online, calls to boycott Netflix, and a harsh critique of Minhaj