June 23, 2011

Two poems

Being Belindas

(a response to Pope’s Rape of the Lock)

The mirror hangs before me My long face stares back at me a pointed chin whose rounding I dread A tiny forehead gleaned from the thick mass of black hair surrounding it. At the black hair now streaked with red I oscillate between […]

June 05, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the politics of rape

A FEW MONTHS AGO, I was outraged by the French reaction to the Roman Polanski case. I am similarly outraged with the French reaction to Dominique Strauss-Kahn or DSK. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the powerful International Monetary Fund, is accused of sexually assaulting a housekeeping staff in the posh Sofitel hotel in Manhattan. The […]

June 01, 2011

The unbearable lightness of skin color

WHEN THE VERY FIRST group of white men landed in India, they must have been regarded with overwhelming curiosity and incredulity; not to mention, awe. Awe, that mix of wonder and admiration, is the perfect word to describe an Indian’s perception of the white man. Never before had they set eyes on such pinkish, delicate, […]

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