August 22, 2012

Oprah’s Women of India




‘I thought I was in a movie,’ reflects a teary-eyed Oprah Winfrey as she sashays through groups of women at the Radha Vallabh temple in Vrindavan. Decked out in a marigold garland and enough tears for the entire ‘city of widows’, the cinematic surrealism of Oprah’s performance does not elude her […]

July 03, 2012

Children as Agents of Change: one Bangalore Activist’s Vision

8-year olds reviewing vocabulary at Jayanagar School

It is certainly unusual to walk away from a high paying and extremely prestigious job to form an NGO, particularly when you are one of the highest paid female corporate heads in India. Yet, in 1997, that is just what Shukla Bose did. Ms. Bose, known […]

May 19, 2012

Sidhartha Mallya ne tweet kiya: The sameness of response to molestation

On the 18th of May the Delhi Police arrested Luke Pomersbach, an IPL player owned by the Bangalore team, on charges of molesting a woman and assaulting her fiancé. This incident was followed by Sidhartha Mallya, ‘director’ of the Bangalore Royal Challengers, tweeting the following:

“The girl who is accusing Luke is saying he […]

April 06, 2012

News Flash: UV has a new team

Some weeks back, I had published a post here saying that I needed help with running Ultra Violet. The response has been fantastic and we now have a brand new team in place. Please go here for more details.

Contributed posts are welcome as always and still need to be sent to

For all […]

January 29, 2012

Apologies and a request for help

As you may have noticed, this site has been on unofficial hiatus for the last few months. A host of life changes including pregnancy, a move from Bangalore to Mumbai and huge amounts of work have left me short on time and more importantly, on mind space. My sincere apologies to those who have had […]

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, […]

August 27, 2007

Launching Ultra Violet

IT’S A TIME of intense and rapid change in India. Women are stretching their wings, exploring new spaces and testing the boundaries of old ones. With more women working, traveling, living on their own or managing high-powered careers, new challenges have emerged. Some women are coping with increased independence or living alone. Others are […]

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