Dark Skin Is Dirty

Ever since I was a little girl, I remember the cosmetic industry in India would prey on the insecurities of women—manifested by the society obsession with pale skin—and promote the use of skin-whitening cream. Ayurvedic Vicco Turmeric cream, made with turmeric and sandalwood, was considered the smell of marital bliss for “good” women. Fair & Lovely, another skin lightening cream, promised visibly …

Motherhood – A Norm Enforced by Patriarchy?

It is somehow inconceivable that there could be other things that matter more to her. We don’t focus on the fact that she could have simply chosen to lead her life another way. She just didn’t feel the need to go down that road. It doesn’t mean she is less caring, considerate or even ‘feminine’ as an individual. I recently …

Tips to stay safe

June 10, 2013 by Gayatri Dhumatkar While nothing can guarantee absolute safety for women, there are certain precautions women can take to reduce the risk of crimes against them. Trust your instinct Many women ignore their intuition because it is so quick and doesn’t take place at a conscious level. But it can save your life. When that little voice …

Helpful books on self defense

In our post about tips on staying safe, we talked about the importance of trusting your gut and defending yourself. Here are two must-read books that address those tips in great detail. While every situation may not apply to our lives, there is much to learn from both books. The Gift of Fear Author: Gavin De Becker Gavin De Becker’s bestseller …

The Night that Changed Everything

She walked back home as usual on what was an ordinary night, It was a long walk on a lonely road with no one in sight. The sense of loneliness and uncertainty made her feel queer, But she held her head high and kept walking muffling her fear. Lurking in the dark, sat a beast disguised as a man, He …

Queen: A Fresh Perspective on Women

Bollywood movies are usually about heroism where a man rescues and comforts the female character and takes responsibility to fix all problems. Most sucessful Bollywood films have a male superstar in the lead role. However, looking at the recent trends in Bollywood we can see that there is a small shift from the typical movies to a new kind of …