April 30, 2013
[Editor's Note: Continuing with our Feminism & Humor series, here is the first of what we hope will be Lavanya Karthik's many comic strips for Ultra Violet. This was first published in the DNA, Bangalore, and can also be viewed on the cartoonist's website. Feminism and the funnies are not mutually exclusive. Come laugh with [...]
March 27, 2013
Mother did you not
hear him laugh?
Laugh as he watched us
rent the river apart
for our clothes.
Clothes he had gripped
in his hand.
Laugh as he broke our pots of milk,
let it pool over his feet,
let it pool over mine,
let its silken whiteness
leave darkened [...]
February 21, 2013
There is sometimes a woman inside me wanting to escape a cuboid.
Strange equations run from one corner of the mind to another, like schooltime math, they come in variables and unpalatable solutions. I grow flatulent with placenta; inside, fishes swim and corals grow.
When swarms of goldfish swam and mermaids rose to surface in [...]
February 07, 2013
And if you are a woman you learn early, how to draw yourself in, and survive on very little water, in fact, a few drops of dew will do.
Careful about smiles pulling them indoors if they happen to escape in the rain like errant children to dance, to soak, aimless paper boats.
Wearing a [...]
February 05, 2013
Women are rising to protest, to dance, to heal, to reclaim, to flaunt, to bloom, against violence, against cruelty… Join us at Mumbai Rising on 14 February 2013. Where: Bandra Amphitheatre, Bandstand, Mumbai. When: 5.30 – 8.30 PM.
This video was made for Mumbai Rising as part of One Billion Rising by the [...]
January 31, 2013
This is no movie[i] about the children of women, about wombs, the aftershock of them, the loving heave of them. This is no poem that can stitch tears in skin, bottle up blood or plasma, cauterise fears–but let me get away from known tropes and images. Children as beacon, children as hope, children as [...]
January 26, 2013
I’VE SAID IT BEFORE and I’ll say it again: feminism cannot and should not exist without men. Here is a video titled “Man Prayer” for One Billion Rising, by Tony Stroebel, with words by Eve Ensler. I couldn’t help noticing, though, that the powerful sentiments were scripted by a woman.
January 20, 2013
Keep your eyes and ears open for Anupama Raju, Dipika Mukherjee, Mridula Koshy, Kunal Mukherjee, and Priyamvada Puroshotham
Panel with Tabish Khair, Dipika Mukherjee, Germain Droogenbroodt and Kunal Mukherjee
The Hyderabad Literary Festival (18-20th January, 2013), now in its third year and growing in stature, rightfully prides itself on bridging the local and global. [...]
December 04, 2012
Dalits in America: Rendering Caste Visible in the Diaspora
Date & Time: Thursday, December 6, 2012; 7 pm
Venue: History Corner (Bldg 200), Room 203, Stanford University,
450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA
About the event:
“Caste exists wherever Indians exist and … manifests itself in a myriad of ways,” writes Thenmozhi Soundararajan [...]
November 21, 2012
NAYOMI MUNAWEERA IS A Sri Lankan-American author and artist. Her first book, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, was published in September 2012, and I interviewed her about her work–as a writer, a feminist, and a member of the South Asian diaspora.
DB: Hi Nayomi, welcome to Ultra Violet! Could you tell us about yourself [...]