Carol Rossetti’s Women Series Now Available In Hindi, Marathi And Bengali

Brazilian artist Carol Rossetti is popularly known as the creator of a fantastic, hand-drawn illustration series titled ‘Women‘,  depicting powerful, empowering and inclusive messages of identity and choice. She started the series in April 2014 and within a year, she drew 130 illustrations. Her initial goal was just to practice her technique with coloured pencils, [...]

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African Woman On A Motorcycle: Smashing All Stereotypes

Because a topless white man on a motorcycle is too mainstream. This is one of my favourite pictures on the internet. It smashes so many stereotypes at one time that it's hard not to love it. There is not much information available on the internet regarding the photograph, hence not credited. The only guess is [...]

An open letter to the Founder of IITIIMshaadi.com

Dear Dr. Ajay Gupta, Founder of IITIIMshaadi.com Dr., eh? That too from Delhi School of Economics? Pretty impressive! Just a quick question, did they also teach you something called mutual respect and equality? Oh wait.. I just stumbled upon a Facebook post which said now men from IIT and IIM have a place to find their [...]

India’s first ever “I Need Feminism” campaign at IGIT and AUD

Feminism in India Project is an initiative started by me last year to learn, educate and develop a feminist consciousness among the youth. It is a social media movement required to unravel the F-word and demystify all the negativity surrounding it. I have been working on this project since a year now and plan to [...]

Delhi says, welcome back!

It's been almost a month now since I'm back home. I have been hogging on all those missed food items like crazy and my Punjabi family is just contributing to it with their extensive breakfasts and dinners. I re-visited all my favorite places in Delhi which I missed much. But life back home also means [...]

The vicious circle of menstrual taboos

“Today I learned something new at school. Periods. Mamma says I'm a big girl now. I should be careful and should not talk about it in front of Papa and my brother. I should also sit with closed legs and behave properly.” These are some of the eternal statements that young girls usually get to [...]

The “Dark is Beautiful Campaign”. Why I think the name is unfit.

I recently stumbled upon this page and blog. Dark is Beautiful is an awareness campaign that seeks to draw attention to the unjust effects of skin colour bias as well as to celebrate the beauty and diversity of all skin tones. Nandita Das, an Indian actress is also involved with this campaign and is doing [...]

Sum Total

One Indian woman Plus a feminist Minus a fair, homely, beautiful eligible girl Plus determined and strong opinionated Minus tall, slim and a slender figure Plus independent and a critical-thinker Minus traditional, cultured, well-mannered and modest Plus anti-patriarchal and anti-misogyny Minus submissive, docile, adjusting home-maker Plus fearless and honest Minus faithful and God-fearing Plus rational [...]

I am born.

I am born. I hear cries of "it's a girl, it's a girl! Everyone is happy (I think...). I meet my mother. She looks at me with doleful eyes. Why the mixed emotions? Other people come to me and perform traditional and religious ceremonies. I am loaded with flowers, new clothes, gifts and shagun (money). [...]