Standing on Shifting Sands of International Women’s Day

The documentary, India’s Daughter, is something I can’t seem to forget, especially when the director of the film says, she did it for women, and meant it as a compliment to India. This feels kind of strange, watching long movie-minutes featuring a rape convict and his lawyers spew venom against the victim and every woman…

2013 Road Run Organised by a School in Delhi

‘Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle, when the…

Visits from Delhi: Kolkata during Durga Puja, Part 3

Day 3 or Ashtami Puja My parents-in-law stay in a cosy neighbourhood of Kolkata, in the area known as Salt Lake. Every year residents of the Mahavir Vikas housing society, around a thousand residents, sponsor their very own Durga Puja. They not only perform all the rituals of the puja, or the offerings, they also…

Faceless Fear in the Underbelly of Delhi

The other day when my husband was coming out of a parking spot, in spite of being an extremely careful driver, was getting almost hit by a speeding motorcycle which had decided to throw caution in the winds. I agree, even after being careful, sometimes we are caught unaware when a speeding vehicle almost hurls…