A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South

Author: Japleen Pasricha

Travelling Solo In India

I don’t know if travelling has changed my life, but I can definitely say that it has altered my thought process for the better. Especially, solo travelling has given me a lot of courage and determination to do things I had thought I’d be unable to do.
Feminism in India founder Japleen Pasricha lying under the sun on grass. She is smiling, wearing goggles, earrings, necklace, and a tank top.

TRAVELLING SOLO IN INDIA

They say the world is a book and those who do not travel only read a page. I had a very un-travel-ish childhood. Like every other middle-class Indian family, my parents did not believe in travelling or even holidaying for that matter. The only vacation we used to take as an annual trip was to visit my maternal grandparents who thankfully lived in Dehradun – away from bad and polluted Delhi (my hometown).
A young woman in a blue saree and red blouse sitting in her office chair, with a laptop open in front of her. Skyscrapers are visible through the glass walls behind her. She has a short haircut.

How I Became a Feminist, and Other Mundane Things

I did not know what feminism meant, but I remember being told I’m too rough for a girl. Or, was it bold? Or, rude? I don’t remember – there were many words that I was associated with, and believe it or not, I actually used to like them. I used to like that I’m not…
Clip from an Axe Effect advertisement. A boy reading in a library, experiencing the "Axe Effect". Two girls are attracted towards him, hugging him from his shoulder. He is wearing blue tee shirt and glasses.

Male Gaze? What About Some Disco Balls?

I recently attended a talk titled ‘Streeshakti’ at the Jaipur Literature Festival. One of the speakers Lata Sharma, a Rajasthani writer, poet and critic, whilst giving examples of the corsets of the Victorian Era and the Okobo shoes still worn by Maiko (apprentice Geisha) in Japan asked a very simple yet thought provoking question, “सुन्दर…
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