About me

I smash the patriarchy for a living. Educator, writer, activist & translator. Occasional Surpanakha. One woman army. Non bra-burning feminist (because they are freakin’ expensive, duh)!

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On a less arty note..

I am a former M.Phil research scholar at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Though an expert in German Studies, I am very much interested in women, men and gender studies, politics and social inequalities. I am a feminist and supporter of LGBTQI… As a writer I believe in fighting back and I hope to bring a change, even if on a small-scale. I like to learn languages and next on my list are Spanish and Punjabi. I’m an avid reader, I have a catalog of my personal collection and I like to lend out books to friends and dear and near ones. I would like to open a public library-bookshop-café one day. I would also like to see myself as an educator, a social activist and a writer. I want to write feminist short stories for young children and want to publish a book on gendered language. Let’s see!

I am the Founder & Editor-In-Chief of Feminism In India.com, a social movement to learn, educate and develop a feminist consciousness among the youth. It is required to unravel the F-word and demystify all the negativity surrounding it. It aims to serve as India’s first feminist portal for resource & documentation purposes for everything related to feminism in India and a new media community platform for people to break their silence and raise their voices. The platform deals with themes like feminism, women, gender, sexuality, intersectionality and brings forth the minority, marginalized and powerless voices.

On the Travel section:

Been to over 14 countries. Next travel destination: Vietnam. Current mission: to visit as many place as I can while still in my twenties and have a friend from each country. I am not your regular photographer who has a Facebook page. I am not a professional. I don’t even own a SLR for that matter! I am just a traveller who likes to click and share some little stories, incidents or anecdotes attached to a photo or many.

I eagerly wait for feedback and I approve all comments regardless if they agree with me or not. I hope you enjoy as well as learn something from my posts. I also would like to learn something from you in return. Happy reading! 🙂

38 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hi Japleen
    Discovered your blog today and i totally loved it. Went on to read every post from your blog. Your thoughts & words are a replica of my own. Though with the same thoughts & attitude, i am still looking for a starting point to bring a change. I would love to help you in any way.

  2. Hi Neha,
    thank you for taking out your time and reading my blog, I really appreciate that. I’m glad you liked it. Why don’t you too pen down your thoughts. Just start writing and once you are in a flow, it will come naturally to you. I wish you all the best!

  3. Hi Japleen, I went through all your posts… i really appreciate for your effort on writing those points which all women face in India.. I hope the revolution you started with the help of this blog may change our Indian Women and their attitude.. Keep going all the best

  4. good! there is hope!- i came to your blog via facebook (post on marriage)… i work away from my hometown. initially, i used to call my mom daily; then, weekly. now, i shudder when i see a missed call – it is definitely about some relation for me! i sometimes wonder that our society would have been a much better place if all our parents used all their resources in teaching us to be a better person rather than teachng us to get married. i have had my fallings and am yet to reach a stage where i have made a positive contribution in this world. i am a male and i can’t ”protect” or ”take care” of myself, much less another soul. but no, i can’t make my mom understand that her son is not really the ideal one and that he still has a lots of growing up to do.

    • Hi Shashi, I’m sorry to hear that. I hope your mother understand this soon. Try talking this out with her, make her understand calmly. No communication will only lead to miscommunication. And, thanks for stopping by 🙂

  5. Hey Japleen, I learned about your blog when I saw the post “Au Revoir Freedom” somewhere on the internet. Beautifully written. I shared it with many. Read it out loud to my mom.. It is exactly how I feel about visiting India every time, after having lived in the US. I make films and like to tell stories from women’s POV. Very glad to see another feminist, LGBTQ supporter speaking up and sharing stories! Keep it goin! Cheers!

  6. Hi Japleen. I am from Kerala. Also a feminist. I thought I was all alone on views. You and I have almost the same opinion on feminism and LGBT.
    I loved your blog and I am also a member in your facebook feminism in India community.
    Keep blogging and we bring the best change we can.

  7. May Almighty bless you with much more wisdom and truth. Best of luck for your all future learnings and writings.

    ਗੁਰ ਪਰਸਾਦੀ ਵਿਦਿਆ ਵੀਚਾਰੈ ਪੜਿ ਪੜਿ ਪਾਵੈ ਮਾਨੁ ॥
    ਆਪਾ ਮਧੇ ਆਪੁ ਪਰਗਾਸਿਆ ਪਾਇਆ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਨਾਮੁ ॥੧॥

    गुर परसादी विदिआ वीचारै पड़ि पड़ि पावै मानु ॥
    आपा मधे आपु परगासिआ पाइआ अम्रितु नामु ॥१॥

    {By Guru’s Grace, contemplate the knowledge; read it and study it, and you shall be honored.

    Within the self, the self is revealed, when one is blessed with the Ambrosial Naam, the Name of the Lord. ||1|| }

    ~Guru Nanak Dev Ji (SGGS P:1329)

  8. Chanced upon your blog while keying in random things on google. Read an article, found it interesting and then just kept on reading through your blog. Of course there is no contesting that your writing is exemplary and I love the way you fuse satire with serious thoughts and issues. But what stands out for me is that of what i’ve read till now you’ve always refrained from imposing your views on your readers both in your blogs as well as your responses. You challenge the comments with calm, logical answers and not heated arguments. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to being a regular follower of your blog.
    P.S.: Could you please write something on satire or sarcasm soon? 😛 😉

    • Hi Jatin, thank you for stopping by, highly appreciated. I’m glad that you liked my articles, I try to put across a point without imposing it. I want to discuss ideas and not dictate them. More will be coming in, I hope not to disappoint you or others who follow my blog. Have a great day ahead! 🙂

  9. Hey! I discovered your blog today, I don’t know how.. ah yes, my cousin shared it on her Facebook on a post that I saw. I just wanted to say I will be following your posts from now on as they are bang on true and I wanted someone else (now i have found you 🙂 to reciprocate the same feelings I had towards subjects that you have discussed. Keep up the excellent work. Waiting to hear from you.

    • Hi Raveena, thank you for stopping by. I’m glad you liked my articles and I hope not to disappoint you further. And if you too feel like penning down that frustration, do it. Trust me, the experience is exhilarating. 🙂

  10. hey Japleen,

    I got here when someone shared your article on “Marriages in India- a social obligation?” on Facebook. I couldn’t stop myself from appreciating the research you did to write that article and how you could manage to cover all the angels as to why we Indians think of getting married. I must say, it was an amazing piece of work. So, along with logging into my outlook for emails, i would also be coming here everyday, looking for some more realistic and interesting blogs.Keep up the good work. :):D

    • Hi Parul, thank you so much for your kind words. I’m glad you liked my article and I’ll try my best to always engage you and all my readers. Thanks for stopping by, highly appreciated! 🙂

  11. I absolutely love your blog, love your writing style and agree with your thoughts! We share common passion too, that would be travel and writing unorthodox style. Great to have stumbled across your blog. Hi5 to not owning a DSLR! 😀

    All the best and keep them coming! 🙂

  12. Hey Japleen totally love your blog and your writing style. Looking forward to reading lot of meaningful stuff here. Keep them flowing.

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