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Alienation through education

John Edgar Wideman, in a talk this weekend at the literature festival Écrivains du Monde organized by Columbia University Centre in Paris, mentioned the gap he felt in his literature classes while studying at the University of Pennsylvania. There was no … 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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Morality as a Battleground between Women and their Right to Will

Everywhere I go, I seem to be welcomed with the same question: why are there so many rapes in India? I have been harassed to a point where I was forced to accept that there was some form of evil … Continue reading

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The Odd Rise of Moral Class in India

The “society” of apartments, where I spent most of my life, continues to be one of my standing landmarks in sociological understanding of middle-class. My family moved there when I was around 9, where the neighborhood was (and continues to be) Hindu middle-class … Continue reading

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Being a Brown Ugly Immigrant: The Other Side of Expat Life

I spent a year in Beirut, between 2012-13. I was studying there at the American University (AUB), a place that had a mythical existence in my head ever since I got to know about it. Hamra, where AUB is located, … Continue reading

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But what is a toilet paper?

I happened to have a discussion last night about cultural shocks, and hence my head went flying back to a decade ago when I, as a nerdy looking high school kid, decided for all random reasons to go on an exchange … Continue reading

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