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How are organizations dealing with #MeToo

When the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 mandated the setting up of the policy on Sexual Harassment (POSH) most organizations obeyed the letter if not the spirit of the law. Due processes were put in place, ICCs or Internal complaint committees were set up and training conducted for …

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Why is everyone objecting to being called a feminist ?

These days whenever I meet any senior woman and the talk turns to diversity, the first thing she starts the conversation is by saying in a half apologetic-half defensive manner “I am not a feminist”. I don’t understand when feminist became a bad word and being one, considered akin to being part of a clique …

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Women Superheroes are out to save the world, we should too

History is proof that literature, movies and theatre have all portrayed gender roles the way we have popularly known it – women are homemakers, men are breadwinners. In superhero terms, men are supposed to save the world while women are the passive facilitators. But winds of change are upon us and we have none other …

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Japan – Love in Tokyo

For the longest time, my perspective of Japan was distorted by the cinemascopic lens of Asha Parekh and Joy Mukherjee (of the pink lipstick and drain pipe trouser fame), cavorting on the flyovers of Tokyo amidst perplexed looking Japanese men and women, lustily singing about Love in Tokyo with neon signs psychedelically blinking away in …

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Little Black Dress – An Epitaph*

  “Here rests my LBD upon the back of the closet In youth it served me well, to fortune and to renown Fashion frown’d not on its simple classic lines, And stylists mark’d it for their own. Elegant was its cut, and its silhouette full of grace, Heav’n did a recompense, my XL size it …

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Nahi. Kyun nahi lagta sahi? (Why ‘no’ doesn’t feel right)

In the last year, we’ve seen so much of retaliation the world over around sexual harassment at the workplace and elsewhere too. Here in India, we’ve also been very socially vocal about the #MeToo campaign and taken up the “No Means No” movement that Brazilians have during their world-renowned carnival. While resonance with the issue …

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“And Greet with Joy the Dawn of a Golden Age”

Age is but a number, so say the wise. And in this swashbuckling era of Botox and Photo-shopping where medical science is labouring hard to ensure that 50 is the new 30 and 70 is but another name for 50, and however knobbly knee-ed you may be, wearing a mini skirt is completely acceptable, the …

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Hope and Grace!

As we move into the New Year with its inevitably uplifting message of optimism, how should we use this memo to heal the feeling of despair that has been pervading us as we hear about yet another tragedy or a sickening display of hatred and racism or deal with the complete loss of faith in …

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What’s that?

I am surrounded by some fabulous men at home and at work. Intelligent, kind, charming and some of them quite funny too! But the only male I can have a conversation with, amongst all of them is my son. Because he is the only one who actually listens to me when I speak. A large …

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Thhoda dhania dena Bhaiyya!

We, the 60s born are what I call the cusp generation, although unkinder people may end up calling us confused and a bit lost. Born of hardworking, thrifty parents with limited means, we grew up in an environment of wearing hand me down clothes, safety pin augmented sandals, borrowed books and second class train rides …

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