July 2003: I was 16 and for the most part, ungainly and awkward. I had volunteered to assist the school librarian during the summer vacation to re-organize stacks of books in the library. My trade-off was getting books to read. One day, I took a shortcut on my walk home which meant passing through a … Continue reading Of Pink Pants and Eve-Teasing
Female Foeticide in India
If my family had been uneducated, entrenched in the patriarchal ways of thinking and steeped in the mire of traditionalist thoughts, the possibility of me not seeing the light of day would have been very high. Why? Because I am female. The sex ratio in India stands at 933:1000 (i.e. for every 1000 male births, … Continue reading Female Foeticide in India
My brother is autistic; what’s your excuse?
Labels are meant for jars, not people. With the words ‘mad’ and ‘retarded’ already accepted forms of insults, is the word ‘autism’ not far away from the dubious honour?
Discrimination in the Media [Part 2]
The lectures we had last week were interesting, to say the least. There was a particular lecture that focused on how the media changed after 9/11. My thoughts after sitting through that lecture: There's absolutely no doubt that after 9/11, people (and it started with the Americans; no offence y'all) wanted someone to blame. That … Continue reading Discrimination in the Media [Part 2]
Discrimination in the media [Part1]
I read a comment piece on a website today. I'm not going to mention the website, neither am I going to mention the writer. I feel doing so might lend credence to the ignorance and utter hatred perpetuated in that piece. I'm all for freedom of expression. I'm all for telling the world what you think. … Continue reading Discrimination in the media [Part1]