Freedom- freely doomed

Sitting down and wondering what my first thought this morning was and what followed, I realized I have an extensive mental checklist that can give a running to even the president’s checklist of scheduled meetings. As I begin my day, I am involuntarily ticking imaginary boxes. [...]Read more
 

Stalking- what and why?

Stalking is a very common word nowadays. It’s heard everywhere, from news channels to everyday language; especially by youngsters (they use the word when they go through people’s internet profiles), and in many different contexts. But what exactly is stalking? According to the [...]Read more

Don’t touch me

A profound poem on Child Sexual Abuse by Malini Rai Don’t Touch Me Smooth as satin Shimmering as gold… Skin begging his touch And feel of her folds Arrested in mind She stood tongue tied She was too far gone Unable to come this side Tender trembling hands Slowly collected [...]Read more

Chain-snatching: A manifestation of violence against women

Maltitai checked herself in the mirror. The gold of the long laxmihaar and that of the choker made of coins shone as brilliantly today as they did on the day she received them from her mother in law, thirty years ago. Her mangalsutra with its black beads linked to textured balls [...]Read more

A story of day and night

How safe is my city? To answer that I have to tell you a story of a day and a night.   I was at one of my regular bus stops waiting for a bus home one day. I had already let go two extremely crowded buses threatening to tip over under the weight of […]Read more

Small town safety

This happened in Silchar (in Assam) a few months ago, right on one of the centrally located streets of the town, in full view of the people on the street and in the busy shops lining both sides of that street, at 12 noon on a weekday. A young woman from a local women’s college [...]Read more

Things have changed……….

People are crazy & the times are strange,   I’m locked in tight, I’m outta range,   I used to care but things have changed.   Yes my friends,  I completely agree with Mr. Bob Dylan when he talks about the crazy strange times. I had one such crazy experience few [...]Read more

How safe is my city?

In Lagos, Nigeria, as I was threatened with loss of life and limb if I dared roll down the windows of my cab in forty-degree heat, I thought longingly of my Bombay, where taxi drivers gave gyan and the wind whipped through broken windows, wiping out the stench of the city. In [...]Read more

Sexism is alive and well. Just ask Google.

Type ‘women should’ into Google search and its autocomplete option throws up a few stomach-churning suggestions, including ‘women should be slaves’ and ‘women should stay in the kitchen’. Conversely, type ‘women shouldn’t’ and once again autocomplete steps in with recommendations [...]Read more

Freedom- freely doomed!

Sitting down and wondering what my first thought this morning was and what followed, I realized I have an extensive mental checklist that can give a running to even the president’s checklist of scheduled meetings.  Having ticked these innumerous imaginary but very-much-there [...]Read more
 

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