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Time and Sexuality

A doodle of a woman hugging herself. At the top is written "and here you are living despite it all -rupi kaur"

Editorial: Time and Sexuality

Take Time. Add Sexuality to it. How does it move? In a straight line, in circles, or does it zig and then zag? Does it loop around to the very beginning? Move in spirals? Wind down and stop? Going by the articles this month, it seems to do all this and more. Most people consider…
Still from an Hindi film "Margarita with a Straw". A young woman with oily hair is laughing. An older woman wearing a blue nightgown is massaging her hair.

FILMS OF DESIRE/BODIES OF DESIRE

The Church says: the body is a sin Science says: the body is a machine Advertising says: the body is a business The Body says: I am a fiesta – Eduardo Galeano in Walking Words Bodies are central to human beings. And the way we experience our bodies is closely linked to how we experience desire. The desiring…

अपनी पहचान उजागर करने की मेरी कहानी

सहयोगी ब्लॉग के सौजन्य से लेखक अपनी पहचान गुप्त रखना चाहते हैं संपादक की ओर से - यह लेख सबसे पहले अंग्रेज़ी में व्यापक यौनिकता शिक्षा के सन्दर्भ में यूथ की आवाज़ मंच के सहयोग से तारशी द्वारा चलाए जा रहे #TalkSexuality अभियान के हिस्से के रूप में प्रकाशित हुआ था। इन प्लेनस्पीक के इस…
Two pictures are superimposed on each other. In the foreground is a picture of a woman standing on a beach. In the background is a picture of a little girl staring straight at us.

Nostalgia, Love and Desire: A Personal Narrative

I met Benjamin on a hot summer day in 20xx. I was still young, single, and blissfully unaware of the responsibilities ahead of me. Don’t get me wrong—I wasn’t just any young, single, middle class girl having fun. I had fought very hard to achieve that status itself. Let me rewind. It was the summer…
A black-and-white headshot of Savitribai Phule. She has covered her head with her saree, which has a white border. She is looking straight, expression-less. She has a big horizontal mark right at the centre of her forehead.

Feminism Through the Ages in India: An Empowering Journey

By Sanchari Pal about a year ago A hard hitting film that underlines a woman’s freedom to her body and sexuality, the recently released movie Pink has been making people sit up and ask questions that were long forgotten. Taking consent as its central theme, the film addresses society’s unmistakable double standards: the pre-conceived notions of male privilege, moralising and…

पीरियड का चिट्ठा ‘कुछ आप बीती कुछ जग बीती’

इना गोयल मेरी किशोरावस्था के दिनों में माहवारी के दौरान, मेरी नानी ने कभी मुझे रसोईघर में नहीं जाने दिया। माहवारी के तीसरे दिन वह मेरे बाल बहुत ही धार्मिक रूप से धोया करती थीं। इसके बारे में उनका कहना था कि इससे सिर से लेकर पांव तक मेरे शरीर की सारी अपवित्रता धुल जाएगी।…
A still from a video. A mother, a daughter, and a maid are coversing while working in the kitchen.
Photo Credit: YouTube

Video Page: Khaney Mein Kya Hai?

The engaging and humorous short film Khaney Mein Kya Hai (What's to eat?) focuses on a seemingly mundane conversation between a newly-wed woman and her mother during the couple’s first visit after their honeymoon. As mother and daughter prepare lunch along with their domestic help, their discussion about food quickly turns into something else… We curate videos…
Photo of Devdutt Pattanaik, with Shikhandi on Krishna's chariot in the background.
Photo Credit: Devdutt Pattanaik with Shikhandi on Krishna's chariot in the background

Interview: Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik writes on relevance of mythology in modern times, especially in areas of management, governance and leadership. Trained in medicine, he worked for 15 years in the healthcare and pharma industries before he focussed on his passion full time. He is author of 30 books and 600 columns, with bestsellers such as My Gita, Jaya, Sita, Business Sutra and the 7 Secret Series.
Photo of a Bharatanatyam artist Anita Ratnam in traditional bharatnatyam dance pose and dress-up.
Bharatanatyam artist Anita Ratnam. Photography by Vipul Sangoi

DANCES OF DESIRE: FROM DEVADASIS TO MODERN STORYTELLERS

It is not entirely impossible to imagine that classical Indian dance is timeless or that the stories narrated in these dances have been handed down untouched and unshaped from ancient unrecorded times. Through dance it is easy to seek kinship with the apsaras in the epics, with the devadasis and courtesans, or watch the sensual movements and mudras…
Sunset
Photo Credit: Ramya Anand

The Gifts of Time

Even negotiations related to the use of contraception or types of sexual acts in consensual relationships become difficult for a young girl because of her fear of displeasing her partner. But if one is fortunate, time helps us acquire some sets of skills and the language to speak up against violence and enforce decisions surrounding one’s sexual and social life.
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