Tag Archives: women

Navaratris of my childhood-Kolu, haldi-kumkum, sundal and more!

The Navratri kolu itself is a showcase of the artistic and aesthetic sensibilities of the people and is a combined effort of all the members of the family.celebrated in different ways around the country.

She is always a woman to me

A Women’s Day photo feature celebrating the indomitable spirit and dignity of our sisters from rural India.

Old customs, new names – 1

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, .

Opening that window and breaking free!

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.

When the ‘handyman’ came to my help

The L&M saw how hassled I was and decided to pitch in with other things without being told — like cleaning the house. I made the tactical blunder of telling him not ask me where to put what and use his discretion while doing it.

Give them a hand – of support and applause

The power of mobility can’t be quantified. In the early 90s, Sheela Rani Chunkat, the then district Collector of Pudukkottai, in Tamil Nadu had brought about a virtual revolution by providing the twin impetuses of mobility and literacy. And armed with the two, the most downtrodden of women – mostly stone quarry workers had formed cooperative societies to become owners of the very same quarries they mined as underpaid labourers!