Feminism and Sex Work

Written by Zeba Kazi Mainstream women’s issues tend to be more marketable, that can be worked in a capitalist environment. For example tackling period stigma while advertising for their own products. The issues that do get attention, we cannot ignore the machinations that are behind propelling an issue into the mainstream. Even for combating body-shaming,…

Decolonisation

Written by Zeba Kazi “For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change…I urge each one of us here to reach down into that deep place of knowledge inside herself and…

The Woman Ink: Conversation with Geeta Chhabra

Interviewed by Tasnima Yasmin Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I was born and raised in Amritsar, Punjab-India. I did my primary education from Sacred Heart High School and my matriculation from Alexandra High School. I then went to Simla (now Shimla) for higher studies and joined St. Bede’s College – where…

A LISTICLE OF CHOICES

VIDYA RAJAGOPALAN My mother casually tells me “When you get married, have a child and start a family, you’ll understand how hard and excruciating it is to be a mother” I want to reply “Amma, I know, I know I can never be a mother, not as good as you for certain because motherhood is…

THE LATIN QUARTER WALK AT PANJIM

By Rituparna Roy  ‘The Latin Quarter Walk’, by Soul Travelling, on a bright Sunday morning in March, turned out to be my most memorable experience of Goa, rivaling a quiet sunset at Benaulim Beach the previous evening. I must confess I simply fell in love with the Goan houses in the (less than) three days…

Book Review: Shanti Panna by Varalika Mishra

Reviewed by Tasnima Yasmin Moving, mysterious and gracious, every word of Shanti Panna is dedicated to the soul of the reader. The idea behind writing this collection of long and short poems came up in the poet’s mind when she observed that every individual goes through a similar set of emotions. These emotions are universal…

Review of Tongue in Cheek by Khyrunnisa A.

By Tasnima Yasmin Whoever thinks that humour isn’t a woman’s forte hasn’t read Tongue In Cheek by Khyrunnisa A. Cheeky, quirky and everything witty, this is a light read, one to lift up your mood, to take you through bursts of giggles and chuckles around all that is mundane and humdrum about life. Imaginative with…

What’s in a rose?

By Prajakta Paranjpe I was the rose, or was Ibecause was it only those whose bloodmatched mine who saw me in rosy colorbecause my own crimson tears burned as I was unlovedbecause I wanted to be morethan a beautiful partto be played by nothing but a body,the beauty fully my own, nor my only petal.Plucking…

Feminism and Sex Work

Zeba In society, mainstream women’s issues that can be worked in a capitalist environment tend to be more marketable. For example, tackling period stigma while advertising for their own products is something consumer companies do. We as consumers cannot ignore the machinations that are behind propelling an issue into the mainstream. Another example: for combating…

Rose day 1995*

By Anu Mahadev Why do we celebrate the rose –Cut, shorn of thorns and placed in the handsOf the most beautiful Why do a select few get to define beauty Who cries for the lost pulchritudeOf petals, rapidly losing their heady scentExcept for the ones whose hands are bereft Of sweetbriar velvet – The ones…