To porn or not to porn

“You’re such a good friend Abha.” A male friend texted me many years ago. “It can get lonely in a hostel. And I don’t really fit in here” “Why?” I texted back. It was late at night and I’d met this guy through Facebook. We had quite a few friends in common and it seemed…

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The Destabilization of an Institution

“Sakshi’s getting married?” I asked, stunned. “Yes!” There was a squeal of pleasure from the other end. A friend had phoned me up with the good news. “Isn’t that wonderful?” I wasn’t so sure. Sakshi was not yet 18, and even though I was no older than she was, I suspected her marriage wasn’t entirely…

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The woes of a Singleton

 At Christmas little children sing and merry bells jingle, The cold winter air makes our hands and faces tingle And happy families go to church and cheerily they mingle And the whole business is unbelievably dreadful, if you’re single. -Wendy Cope, Serious Concerns  If you’re Single and you’re reading this, then Christmas is not the…

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A feminist’s letter to Harlequin

Dear Mills and Boon I read your first book when I was 14. I think it’s safe to say that it was far more educative than fooling around with my boyfriend in the school parking lot. For years, nay, decades, Harlequin has continued providing us young, nubile, guileless women with fictitious happy endings which, the…

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Say ‘Not yet’ before you say ‘I do’ : Against early marriage

There are several noteworthy things that come to mind when one hears the words ‘early marriage’. According to me, all these things can be grouped into two categories which are, quite simply, a) Pros and b) Cons. A lot of girls my age and in fact even the younger crowd is of the opinion that…

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A gift to my mother

{ This really is what I wrote for my mother on her birthday. I wrote it about 35 minutes before she came back home from shopping} You were created from a light A light of generous  gifts You were born to be and fight And to stoically anchor shifts You did not want to come Because…

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