Vida Manejo, India, Travel, Women, Women's Safety

Perils and thrills of a solo lady traveller in India

Many of our women readers often ask us what it is like traveling on public buses, trains and rickshaws in India, especially in remote and seemingly precarious regions. Reports of rampant gang-rapes, gropings, molestations can instill fear in even the fool-hardy. Being the most unsafe for women among G20 nations doesn’t inspire confidence, yet traveling solo as a woman in India has its perks – … Continue reading Perils and thrills of a solo lady traveller in India

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The Fall of Super Modi – India’s Lok Sabha Elections 2014

The Republic of India in it’s 64th year, elected Narendra Modi as it’s Prime Minister in May, 2014. The election was a historic one, with over 800 million eligible voters, the largest democracy in the world went to vote in months of April and May. The election of Narendra Modi was nothing short of controversy on steroids – his tainted human rights record was overshadowed by … Continue reading The Fall of Super Modi – India’s Lok Sabha Elections 2014

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Still undecided whom to vote? We have Rakhi Sawant for you..!

No pun intended here! We love Rakhi Sawant. Over the years she has managed to surprise  us with her “nautanki” or antics. This time, she is contesting for Lok Sabha elections in Mumbai North-West constituency. Needless to say, our gossip-monger media folks have gone berserk around her. No wonder, in no time, our Rakhi has managed to be amongst the top five high-profile women candidates in … Continue reading Still undecided whom to vote? We have Rakhi Sawant for you..!

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Satyamev Jayate Episode 4: How we are failing our Bharat Mata?

“Mera desh mahan nahi hain, par yeah dosh mera hain” (My country is not great, but it is my fault“) Aamir Khan’s guest Mr. Shailesh Gandhi (Former Central Information Commissioner) nailed it with this statement in Satyamev Jayate show. We, the so-called future of this country, are too eager to find faults and blame others for everything- be it 2G scam, sexual molestation, bad roads … Continue reading Satyamev Jayate Episode 4: How we are failing our Bharat Mata?

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Why Indians Are Failing Their Daughters – International Women’s Day Special

India – the land of colorful cultural heritage; the land where goddesses are revered as powerful protectors and preservers, is also the land where nearly 44 million women were reported missing as of 2001.  Female infanticide (murdering a girl child right after birth), female foeticide (through sex-selective abortion), neglect of a female child, and abandoning female infants at birth are the reasons why the child … Continue reading Why Indians Are Failing Their Daughters – International Women’s Day Special

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Satyamev Jayate Episode Review: Who is guilty- a rapist or a rape-victim?

**** Stories included in this blog are disturbing******* The first episode of Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate enlightened us about a rape victim’s journey. Rape is rampant in India. It is said that a rape takes place every 20 minutes in India. Incidences of rapists putting acid into victim’s eyes, tearing a girl’s body into two and cutting a girl’s tongue so she could not complain … Continue reading Satyamev Jayate Episode Review: Who is guilty- a rapist or a rape-victim?

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Forgotten treasure of knowledge – Nalanda University in Bihar, India

India surprises you, and it holds true when you accidentally discover an unexplored historical site.  And when you learn about its rich history, you just wonder how such a glorious history is so easily ignored. One of such places is the ruins of Nalanda University in Bihar, India Recently, while in rural Bihar, villagers asked us if we have visited the ruins. Wondering what everyone … Continue reading Forgotten treasure of knowledge – Nalanda University in Bihar, India

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When Valentine’s Day in India Sends you Running for Cover

As I recently read the article about Ancient India and our amazingly sensual and lurid past, I really couldn’t help but marvel at the state of LOVE affairs in India. India indeed has a very licentious relationship with sensuality. We pride ourselves for authoring the Kamasutra, which details descriptions of every form of sexual union imaginable between man-woman, woman-woman, man-man. We built temples in Khajuraho, … Continue reading When Valentine’s Day in India Sends you Running for Cover

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Why Karna’s death has lessons for modern society

Ask any ten followers of Mahabharat, who their favorite character is, invariably, most of them would say “Karna” – the valiant warrior who possessed all qualities of five Pandavas together. He had moral values of Yudhisthir, physical strength of Bhima, archery knowledge of Arjuna, good looks of Nakula, and knowledge of Sahadeva. Being raised in a low-caste household, he was a victim of caste-based discrimination all his life. Abandoned by his princess mother, … Continue reading Why Karna’s death has lessons for modern society