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Padmavati or Padmavaat? Conflating myth and history in social imagination

(As written on 27 February 2018) Women clad in bright-flowing red swarm together, unifying in a hymn to Hindu goddess Bhavani. In the baroque sets that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known for, Queen Padmavati leads these women in an act … 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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Educate a woman and you will educate a family?-Critique on the current feminist discourse in India

I decided when I was nine that I was not a feminist. I didn’t associate myself with the set of girls that shared my classroom in my single-sex convent back in India. I decided girl-hood or even woman-hood was never … Continue reading

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Imagining female menstruation through the shape of a sanitary napkin

I was 12, studying in an all girls’ convent in Ahmedabad, India, where we would have commercial sanitary napkin companies coming to my school showing videos of shy and giggly high school girls, as the girls surrounding me giggled. I would … Continue reading

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