Category Archives: Opinion

How an eight-year-old taught me all about shattering stereotypes

By Purva Grover

I have a super special girl in my life. She is 10 and possesses unicorn-like powers, or so I am made to believe. Just like all other aunts out there, I love my niece a lot. And just like all other 10-year-olds, she loves the Merrell Twins more than her aunt, or so she’d want me to believe. BTW, their names are Veronica Jo and Vanessa Merrell, and they are extremely popular with youngsters on YouTube. My niece likes to go by the name Frida (her current obsession is Frida Kahlo).

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Women run the world. Try to keep in step

By Ambica Sachin

From two little girls who survived the wilderness to the crowning of reality star Kylie Jenner as the ‘World’s Youngest Self-Made Billionaire’ by Forbes, the rise of the youngest-ever woman elected to the US Congress and, of course, the fall of Victoria’s Secret, we have much to cheer as the world celebrates International Women’s Day today.

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Hunting for someone to marry just doesn’t ‘ad’ up

By Sushmita Bose

As an Indian, I cringe a little when the subject of “arranged marriages” crop up among my non-desi friends. “So the man and woman are not allowed to choose their life partners? A life partner needs to be deemed “suitable” by others first?” is one question posed, even as I desperately (and not very successfully) try to reinforce the notion that a lot of Indians actually don’t have to stomp down the arranged marriage route, and are free to make their own life choices.

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Ask women about work, not when they’re getting married

By Sherouk Zakaria

On New Year’s Day, my grandmother, who flew in to spend the holidays with us, gave me a warm hug and said, “Happy New Year, darling. I hope to see you in your own house next year.” She didn’t mean getting my own place when I fly abroad to get my master’s degree or when I get a job with a pay decent enough to allow me to buy a house. She was referring to the house I would move into as a result of marriage.

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Share your loot with the poor, will you? No? How predictable

By Sushmita Bose

I was watching Season 10 of Friends, where there’s one episode when Phoebe (the crazy one — or the ‘wonderfully weird’ one, take your pick) and her boyfriend Mike Hannigan decide to not splurge on an expensive wedding. They visit a charity that caters to educational needs of poor children in New York City, and hand over a generous cheque — their entire wedding fund. And (rightfully) feel virtuous about themselves.

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