A complete mockery of gender equality: Draft of the Constitution of Nepal

As I try to understand the Draft Constitution of Nepal (as tabled by the Constituent Assembly on July 7), I realize how vulnerable I am as a woman in my own country. Clearly, the Constitution is treating me as a ‘second class citizen’ just because I am born a girl. First- a mother- I have no power to provide citizenship to my own child if … Continue reading A complete mockery of gender equality: Draft of the Constitution of Nepal

Movie Review: Hidden messages of Dil Dhadakne Do

Dil Dhadakne Do (DDD) has many flaws – Zoya Akhtar is no Rajkumar Hirani (Munnabhai series, 3 Idiots, PK) when it comes to narrating stories about social problems. Her movie’s characters cannot shout out loud like what Paresh Rawal’s character did in Oh My God. Nevertheless, Zoya has her own style of making you wonder about our problematic patriarchal culture and superfluous obsession with social … Continue reading Movie Review: Hidden messages of Dil Dhadakne Do

Fun Blog: How a mother finds a bride for her son

(Disclaimer: I might have exaggerated incidences to create a story. My intention is to highlight parents’ anxiety, excitement and obsession about their children’s marriage in our “arranged-marriage” culture ) Eight years ago, my mother had undertaken a task of finding a bride for my cousin. She incessantly muttered, “Why didn’t he find a girlfriend? Is  that not easy?” She had been reaching out to all … Continue reading Fun Blog: How a mother finds a bride for her son

Movie Blog: What we can learn from Aamir Khan’s PK (PeeKay)

“Who is God after all?” That is what an alien (portrayed by Bollywood megastar Aamir Khan) asks in the recently released Hindi movie PK (or Peekay). He innocuously explains, “There are two types of God. The first one created the Universe. He is loving, forgiving, omniscient, protective and unprejudiced. There is another God whom People created. He is forgetful, wrathful, prejudiced, and might punish you … Continue reading Movie Blog: What we can learn from Aamir Khan’s PK (PeeKay)

A night with the dead celebrities in a haunted hotel

I spent a night in a renowned haunted Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel at Hollywood Boulevard last night and experienced the most irking experience of my life. First, I had a nightmare, and I could sense a strong negative emotional response from my mind. Awakened in a state of distress in the middle of night, in my hypnagogic state, I began to experience a strange sensation in … Continue reading A night with the dead celebrities in a haunted hotel

Because I am a girl….!

We always wonder how we can make a difference to the lives of others?  What can we contribute for the better future of the next generation?  How can we be involved? With these questions in my mind, I have been trying to understand the complexity of poverty for the past few years.  I am now convinced that it is the gender discrimination in education amongst the poor … Continue reading Because I am a girl….!

Can’t stand me? Three mantras to deal with it

You cannot stand your friend’s offensive spouse, yet, you need to meet him/her because you truly enjoy hanging out with your friend; you want to kill your husband’s relative as she has nothing good to say about you, yet, you need to be pleasant because she is ‘his’ ‘relative’; you are enjoying your Friday ‘after-work’ drinks at work, and that ‘one’ colleague joins who is … Continue reading Can’t stand me? Three mantras to deal with it

Enough of Deepika’s Cleavage! Let’s Move On!

Not that it is wise to indulge in Bollywood gossips, particularly when it is about the tabloids and movie stars’ marketing stints and gimmicks. However, when the nation’s leading “newspaper”, Times of India (TOI), is absurdly obsessed with a woman’s anatomy and her private parts (read: Deepika Padukone), it is time to get alert. Before I go further, let me first get the juicy story … Continue reading Enough of Deepika’s Cleavage! Let’s Move On!

Messed up ideal women of Indian television

Remember those five crazy sisters of the popular television sitcom Hum Paanch and their hapless father who found solace debating with a picture of his dead wife, a head-strong Shanti who fought for her and her mother’s rights, and several other independent, modern and career-driven women of popular soaps  such as Banegi Apni Baath and Tara in the 90s. Thanks to mighty TV producer Ekta … Continue reading Messed up ideal women of Indian television