Category Archives: women

Kaande-Pohe Ritual in Maharashtra, India

In my cul­ture, when a prospec­tive bride­groom vis­its a prospec­tive bride in the con­text of an “arranged mar­riage”, it is a cus­tom for the girl to pre­pare “kaande-pohe” and the guy is sup­posed to then assess her cook­ing skills based … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Majida-El-Roumi “Kalimat” (Words)

In the ear­ly 1990’s I was intro­duced to Maji­da El Rou­mi. I call her the “Nightin­gale of the Mid­­dle-East” in def­er­ence to the “Nightin­gale of India”. I present to you her most pop­u­lar and beloved song (which is, unfor­tu­nate­ly, in … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Mentally Challenged, Raped, Pregnant. Abort?

While Barack Oba­ma pro­claims White House sup­port to the UN Con­ven­tion on the Rights of Peo­ple with Dis­abil­i­ties to which India is a sig­na­to­ry, the Indi­an Supreme Court has deliv­ered a land­mark judg­ment in a unique case of young woman … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Religion vs. Gender Equality & Feminism

How do reli­gions treat women? How do eman­ci­pat­ed women treat reli­gion? A sequence of events recent­ly has made my mind unqui­et over this sub­ject. Nita asked if Hin­duism was com­ing of age, with peo­ple per­form­ing the sacred ‘thread cer­e­mo­ny’ on … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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A to Z of Films Meme (M)

The most com­mon­ly uttered line in Eng­lish films is “Let’s get out­ta here” (or its vari­ants). The most com­mon­ly uttered sen­tence in Indi­an Hin­di films is “Dri­ver, us gaa­di ka peecha karo!” (“Dri­ver, fol­low that car!”). M Mirch Masala What … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Indian Women: Avoid Orkut, Switch to Facebook

One of the most fre­quent­ly googled post on this blog is Indi­an Women: Beware of Orkut. They use many dif­fer­ent key­words to land on that post: pho­to mis­use on Orkut, indi­an women abuse orkut, and so on. Some­times, Orku­tians post a … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Spooky Spock

This is the spook­i­est thing I’ve ever seen on the Inter­net yet. A rev­o­lu­tion­ary peo­­ple-focused search engine, Spock, launched into pub­lic beta today. About 30% of all search traf­fic is peo­ple relat­ed — about 20 bil­lion search queries per month. … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Indian inventor doctor’s breakthrough

After read­ing about doc­tors who become heroes for spend­ing some time in jail while being inno­cent, and doc­tors who inten­tion­al­ly fake crit­i­cal evi­dence in sci­en­tif­ic research, it is refresh­ing to read about an Indi­an doc­tor invent­ing a device that could help in … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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