October 29, 2009

Two poems


A curtain of rain separates My verandah from the hospital. On any other day a hundred Silent patients would pass through The OP clinic. Each of them Allowing us doctors to listen Feel, touch and question them. The warmth of their fever would Make us uncomfortably hot.

Today the air is chilled downpour […]

October 26, 2009

Becoming Woman

ALL I KNEW WAS that this non-profit group called MARAA was organising some sort of performance on gender and sexuality. A friend told me about it and even offered to pick me up. Work lay unfinished on my table, but what the hell, I decided, I could always catch up later. And that’s how […]

October 22, 2009

Single in the City

LEAFING THROUGH PICTURES mailed by a friend, I find one of me on the beach laughing uninhibitedly with my hair streaming in the wind, and I smile to myself thinking ‘this is so me.’ I am a single woman in her thirties, have never been married and have no ‘special relationship’ with any man. […]

October 16, 2009

Two poems

To Get Myself Some Water

~Translated from Ellen Lai’s ‘Grassland’, written in Chinese

Our love toils about one period. On the bloody and lusty grassland You transform me into your self-pitied crippled rabbit.

When you finally discard everything you have That is inside your permanently bulging equipment, You turn your back And ride towards […]

October 14, 2009

The Women’s Reservation Bill

THE INDIAN PARLIAMENT recently showed intense activity to promote women’s representation in decision-making bodies. Some months back, a bill was passed that reserves a staggering 50% of seats for women on the panchayat level. Currently under review and soon to be debated in the Lok Sabha is the Women’s Reservation Bill that promises 33% of […]

October 13, 2009

Time to listen to her voice

By Deborah Herbert of Population First

As the day of voting for the Assembly elections approaches, the political parties have been making their achievements and plans known to the voters of Maharashtra through their manifestos. With a lot at stake for the political parties in the fray, they are leaving no stone unturned to convince […]

October 05, 2009

It’s A Bad Ad World

LATELY, WHILE CHANNEL SURFING, I came across two advertisements, prominently aired in prime time slots that went something like this:

Ad 1: A little girl whines about how her hair isn’t as long as her mother’s was in her childhood. The mother apologetically mentions that she has to work while Nani (her own mother) […]

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