Stains

A lament flickers the evening lamp For nine nights the Goddess carves herself in beige and jewels draped in silk and strapped with silver- foiled cardboard weapons ‘I am a mannequin’ she says tongue tied with paper flowers Her geometry does not rest on mythology and offerings The revolving disco lights decorate her avatars in…

TWI invites photo essay submissions

Do you like photography? Is there a photographer lurking inside you? If so, then it’s time to unleash your talents! TheWomanInc invites photographs on the theme of women empowerment as we celebrate a photo essay special feature from October to December 2018. Last date for submission 31st December 2018. Rules: 1. All photos should relate…

Supreme Court in India throws open Sabarimala temple to women.

The News Circle ⭕️ The Times  Of India carries front page headlines on the landmark judgment of the Supreme Court. According to the SC verdict, the Sabrimala Temple which hither to only allowed men to enter, will now also permit women  access to this place of worship. Sabrimala is revered temple of Lord Ayyapa in…

Paper Asylum by Rochelle Potkar

  I am not a reader who can be enthralled easily. Anything can distract me: a film, a phone call, a friend, a better plan, the aroma of food. But here, within 250 pages were 120 Haibun, sketching universes of revelations in synopsized depth—summarized lifetimes, told with lucidity, in a frame no longer than a…

The Crooked Order Of Things (From Mother Goose)

  There was a lonely lady, and she walked a lonely mile. She was found in a lonely old-age home, instead of her now lonely age-old home. She made lonely friends there, who were only themselves too. And they all lived together in a lonely little world. *** -Priyal Panchal For Priyal Panchal poetry &…

Sunset Hues

My window overlooks a slice of our lane by the corner stands a gulmohor ; bursting in flames My weary eyes take a sip of the scarlet , scarlet; as … Continue reading

Bondage

  Arranged marriage   is like buying a crate of  mangoes   They stare at your body  from head to toe   Touching the soft supple skin of the mango   They look at your dark complexion, disappointed   Shoving the green mangoes away for the sunshine yellow ones   They look at your breasts,…

Sakhi Awards Special Mentions

Things That A Bra Contains  By Kanupriya Dhingra Mobile phones, candies, shopping lists, stretch marks, your gaze, cash and coins, cuss words and their meanings, and, at times, also, a pair of breasts — Things that a bra contains Because there were never enough pockets in our bonnets and blouses. *** Kanupriya Dhingra is a…

Sakhi Awards Special Mentions

Keep me burning By Preeti Vangani  I practiced crossing my legs the way my father daggered his eyes at mother if I wore shorts. Twin openings exposing more than what they could hold inside. It took me three sex-ed classes & a crushed pamphlet to know that I must fold and hold my body like…