Bollywood’s Twisted Love Stories: Misogyny in Disguise

By Sohini Kumar Imagine a woman traveling alone when a stranger approaches her on the street. Insisting on having lunch with her, he starts making suggestive comments during the meal. The woman clearly expresses her disinterest in him and leaves. But she keeps running into the man after that. Even when she leaves the country,…

Motherhood: A Socially-constructed Virtue of Patriarchy?

By Zeba Kazi Biological claims are often used to explain motherhood as a fact and an experience. Feminists have shown that the concept of motherhood is socially, historically, legally, and politically constructed. Many of them have refuted the claim that motherhood is innate to women. Associating motherhood as inherent to women coalesces biological and sociological…

Landing a Punch on Sexualized Conventions in Sports

By Vidya Rajagopalan It is not uncommon for women to be objectified, it is done in every sphere of life. When it is concerned with sports, the sexualisation of women athletes dehumanizes them and downplays their talent. The male-dominated sports institutions want women’s bodies to cater to the male gaze. They are viewed as attractive…

“The Curse: Stories”: tales of thousand choked voices

Reviewed by Abhra Roy “Writing is extremely political” – states Salma, the prolific Tamil writer and the author of “The Curse: Stories”, published in October 2020. So those who don’t hesitate to choose a not so ‘cozy’ reading, “The Curse: Stories” is definitely a perfect pick for them. Though based on the lives of rural…

TWI Interns Corner

Editorial Assistants: Vidya Rajagopalan Bhavana Kunnath Ananya Sankar Nafis Shariar Video & Podcast: Shreya Jha Campaigns & Lit Fest: Sohini Kumar Snigdha Jain Tasnima Yasmin Web Design & Social Media: Bijuri Dey Anushka Paul Domestic Violence, Children, and LGBTQ+ Issues: Kajal Jha Anandita Ralli Chanda Rani Mental Health, Woman Authors, and Publishers: Arundati Chaudari Tanya…

Sach Kahun Toh: An honest reckoning of a remarkable life

By Rituparna Roy Towards the end of ‘Sach Kahu Toh’, in Part 4, Neena Gupta begins a chapter (Bloody Mary) thus: “When I look back on my past, I see a recurring theme. Neena gets shot down. Neena rises from the ashes. Neena overcomes her obstacles. Neena reaches great heights (though still not as the…

Rejection Scars

by Roudri Bandyopadhyay The first time I got my nose pierced, my body rejected it. The body’s first reaction to anything alien is usually to reject it. People’s bodies reject blood or medicines; mine rejected a piercing. It was gold, supposedly suitable for my skin. My skin doesn’t react violently to gold and yet when…

What they said

by Jonaki Ray They said that you look like your mother, but you are shorter and have a darker complexion. She was a catch in her heyday. Even now her hair and skin are so good. You, on the other hand, are running around on the sports ground all day as if a bull is…

Unfreedom

by Shlagha Borah “Where do old birds go to die?”-The Ministry of utmost happiness ………………………………………………………………………….. “Pari, you’re like a colour, so go paint your skies however you want to. Pink, yellow, or you could stick to the more common blue, that is, if you like blue. You can paint your sun green, and make your…

The Mathurs’ Annual Picnic

by Poorvi Gaur It was a happy sunny afternoon at the Lodhi garden. The birds were flying high in the sky making circles and echelons while the dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals of the park soaked in the winter sun, running around, chasing each other. Rows of winter jasmines, marigolds and crocus outlined the…