Category Archives: Feminism

International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, I wait in the waiting room at the Flinders Medical Centre Eye Clinic for my mother to come out of cataract surgery. Most of the people waiting for relatives are women, ranging from one who might … Continue reading

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Today’s Google Doodle: Lottie Reiniger and her magic scissors

How I love Google Doodles! I would probably have missed out reading about Lottie Reiniger otherwise. She was a German film maker, who was making films before Walt Disney and whose influence is clear in the work of Tim Burton, … Continue reading

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Tell me, which village is that?

Your father lives in this village Your husband lives in that Which of them is yours woman Tell me, which village is that? All your life you cooked in pots bought by someone else And lived in someone else’s house … Continue reading

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Caroline Herschel, star woman

  “However long we live, life is short, so I work. And however important man becomes, he is nothing compared to the stars. There are secrets, dear sister, and it is for us to reveal them.” ~ Caroline Herschel (In … Continue reading

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Some proverbs are more fluff than pith

‘Jini rnadhen, tini chul-o bnadhen’ This Bengali proverb means that the person who cooks also does her own hair. That is purely the literal meaning though. What it really means is that she who has to cook is also the … Continue reading

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Swarnakumari Debi

In the year 1876 the December chill in Calcutta was suddenly stirred by the appearance of an anonymous novel. Its title was ‘Deep Nirbaan’ or the Extinguishing of the Lamp. Its readers were amazed by the maturity of the unknown … Continue reading

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Yeh Lijjat Ka Sawal Hain or A Lijjat Papad is anything but hot air!

We ran out of these yesterday. As I picked up new packets of the lentil flour biscuits for want of a better word, I thought of a brand loyalty that has lasted for over thirty years at least in my … Continue reading

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