Our great-grandmothers and grandmothers could control the entire family, hold the purse-strings and keep the menfolk in their places without demanding an international ‘Day’ to celebrate their womanhood and empowerment, without stepping out of the house or getting a modern education.
Post the economic liberalisation of 1991, India had suddenly become the biggest market for FMCG and beauty products. And what better way to consolidate the market than to give, not one, but two beauty crowns to Indian girls in the same year? How else could one explain the fact that there was not a single winner after 1966 — when Reita Faria had won the Miss World title — till the ‘double bonanza’ of 1994?
We need a saree revolution that would showcase the SAREE itself, as a great dress, if we have to stop the saree going the kimono way.
S was all excited about visiting ‘Shabarimala.’
Being confident about oneself means not finding the need to make proclamations about loving one’s body or such! Where is the need to justify anything? The confidence should be speaking for itself.
When there is a spark inside you, it will burst forth into a flame one day, no matter your social standing or circumstances. The idea is to light that spark, stoke it and not let it get extinguished.
A Women’s Day photo feature celebrating the indomitable spirit and dignity of our sisters from rural India.
If only we didn’t sneer at everything traditional as being regressive and patriarchal!, we would find much wisdom – especially pertaining to health – in many customs, if not all of them, .
The churning of the defining decades of the 60s and 70s produced not just the economic classes but also created distinct groups of women in the middle and upper ends of the social spectrum. These groups were formed as a result of the lessons that the events and experiences threw up, from which they learnt, learnt wrongly or didn’t learn at all.
There was a time when issues concerning women were near similar for all classes of women across the social spectrum. It was only later that class demarcations began tearing the social fabric asunder and the concerns began diverging too, so much so that the classes could have been populating different planets.
The issues confronting women were and still are infinitely more serious and life-changing than making choices about the size one wants to be, go pubbing or have sex outside marriage.
The ways men and women react to stressful situations can be so varied. Take at look at some.
An entire nation held its collective breath for a win in a sport other than cricket when Mary Kom, took on Nicola Adams in the semi-finals of the inaugural event at the London Olympics earlier in the evening. Her loss still earned her the bronze medal and gave the country its biggest haul of medals in an Olympics.