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…