We hunkered down every time a vehicle passed by. Sitting inside a car on a humid September afternoon in Chennai, even with the windows rolled down, was stifling. The clock ticked ever so slowly towards 4 p.m. My colleague Satish Kumar and I had arrived at CIT Colony in central Chennai at 2.30 p.m. itself.… Continue reading When a cub reporter landed an exclusive with the CM
WHY NOW? ‘Politics hates a vacuum. If it isn’t filled with hope, someone will fill it with fear.’ NAOMI KLEIN Our current way of doing things – the ‘me culture’ – isn’t working. The world we all share is more divided and unequal than ever. Rates of anxiety, depression and self-harm among women are… Continue reading #WomenWhoWrite: An excerpt from We by Gillian Anderson
One afternoon, you get very upset. We are lying on the bed in the guest room. For some reason you’ve taken a fancy to this place; it’s like a cave you say. With the light falling through leaves, from the window. It’s a room I hardly use on my own, but with you here, I… Continue reading #WomenWhoWrite: An excerpt from The Nine-Chambered Heart by Janice Pariat
“Did you break up with someone?” At first the question made me angry. I thought it sexist, stereotypical, disheartening. There was no death of a relation-ship that made me so in need of freedom that I’d alter myself. The more the breakup question was asked, the more it made me think about my motives. I… Continue reading #WomenWhoWrite: An excerpt from Brave by Rose McGowan
‘It seemed clear to me that the history of the life on the earth presents an unbroken chain of evidence going to prove the importance of the female.’ Unconventional ideas can appear from anywhere, even the most conventional of places. The township of Concord in Michigan is one of those places. Home to scarcely more… Continue reading #WomenWhoWrite: An excerpt from Inferior by Angela Saini
It was the day of Diwali, around three in the afternoon. I was in the toilet, the common toilet between my parents’ bedroom – only in name, because they haven’t slept together for fifteen years – and the room that houses my ailing grandfather. I was masturbating thinking of Marie-Anne, and I was close. I… Continue reading Diwali in Muzaffarnagar: A Short Story by Tanuj Solanki
A wedding (vivah) in Hinduism is a rite of passage (samskara) that transforms a single entity into one half of a conjugal pair (dampatya). Being single, however, does not mean being incomplete. The idea of ‘wholeness’ in Hinduism is not necessarily a matter of the union of two bodies in marriage or even two souls in love; rather, wholeness or completeness in Hinduism can be understood as rising to the fullness of one’s true self and expanding the arena of one’s selfhood (brah – to expand, manas – the mind).
In your own town or village, everyone already knows your caste; there is no escaping it. But how do people know your caste when you go elsewhere, to a place where no one knows you? There they will ask you, “What caste are you?” You cannot avoid this question. And you cannot refuse to answer. By tradition, everyone has the right to know. If you are educated like me, if you don’t seem like a typical untouchable, then you have a choice. You can tell the truth and be ostracized, ridiculed, harassed—even driven to suicide, as happens regularly in universities.