Intolerant in Delhi

‘You have to know somebody here, to be taken seriously’ was the first piece of advice I heard when I had reached Delhi five years back. Needless to say, it had filled me with trepidation about this city, a chill that had refused to dissolve for quite some time. And then I simply forgot all…

International Women’s Day Sounds Hollow

I got up from my bed, looked into the newspaper today, and found hordes of advertisements wishing women today, for International Women’s Day today. Such compliments galore, and I kept thinking, it’s these men who will be going home and abusing their wives, perhaps in the night. Today morning I also read in the papers…

Desperate in Delhi

In last fortnight my country, and my city, has been part of massive protest rallies against a recent gang rape, the viciousness of which has shaken our very core. In spite of all the medical support, the rape victim did not survive, which made us broken hearted, scared and shaken. If there was one thing…

Violence against Women in Delhi

October is Violence against Women Awareness Month Living in Delhi has made me more aware of my security. The fact that anything can happen to me, or my daughter anytime, is a sobering thought. No, that doesn’t mean that I live under a threat, or can’t step out of my house. No, certainly not. But…

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…