Category Archives: India

Interviews with my Grandmother: Part II

My grandmother’s name is Snehlata. It translates to “a vine (lata) of love (sneh).” I would say that she is rather a “a vine of strength”, who has succeeded in keeping her ever spreading family together. Today, her children and … Continue reading

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Interviews with my Grandmother: Part I

Pushtimarg is a sect within Hinduism (and under Vaishnavism) that my family follows. It has been translated loosely as “A path (marg) of Grace (pushti)”, but I would translate Pushti rather differently. In my childhood, pusht, the root of pushti, was used to … Continue reading

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Putting on class to save my gender

Every time I go back home to Ahmedabad, I suddenly become conscious of my social class in a way I never do here in Paris. Every act, every movement suddenly becomes a path to negotiation of my place in the … Continue reading

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Men, Cows, and Sluts: Public Space in Ahmedabad

I am a woman. I happen to come from a middle class family and live in a rather middle class Hindu neighborhood in Ahmedabad. The Shiv Sena colony of apartments lies right opposite to my apartment. Ahmedabad is divided into … Continue reading

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Bribing for deterrence

After a year of a run around Paris, here I am in Ahmedabad. Besides the multiplication of stores named after Narendra Modi, I find nothing to shock myself or surprise myself with. With the mercury dancing above 45 degrees and … Continue reading

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India’s obsession with purity

I have been coming across arguments again and again about how Mr Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate from the opposition party BJP fills the void of charisma and orator-ship that India greatly lacks. I find in this sentiment a … Continue reading

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Of constitution and freedom: Where do I stand as a woman?

It was in 1930 that Purna Swaraj (complete self-rule) was proclaimed by Indian National Congress on this day. After a bloody partition in 1947, India and Pakistan were created. As a new nation-state, the first breaths of India were supported … Continue reading

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