Mademoiselle

  Note: Written as a poetic tribute to Emma Bovary, the voluptuous, beautiful, forlorn heroine of Gustave Flaubert’s novel Madame Bovary, also later adapted into an Indianized version in Ketan Mehta’s film ‘Maya Memsaab’.     A whiff of smoke brewing in her eyelashes, A touch of the wet earth, her body, a failed, blurred…

Tainted Love

When is it okay to walk out of a marriage? At what point does self-preservation become more relevant than a so-called value system? These are some of the deep-rooted questions that we as a society need to confront, especially those of us coming from conservative cultures. I outline one such case below. When one thinks…

Submission Call : QuillsEdge Press

QuillsEdge Press Calls for Submissions to 50/50: Poems & Translations by Women Over 50 QuillsEdge Press, expanding on our mission of bringing to the page more of the vital poetry of women over fifty, is pleased to announce a new and vibrant anthology of women’s voices in poetry. Each of the poets selected will see two or three of…

We don’t need no validation

By Mahevash Shaikh Don’t expect a woman to feel validated just because you gave her a compliment! It is said that men compliment women more than women compliment men. But are compliments on something you have no control over–say your physical attributes–even compliments in the first place? And even if they are legit, what is…