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Author: Surbhi Dewan

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Finding Feminism

As I began to read about feminist methodology in academic research, it felt like I finally found words to articulate my experience. Feminist methodology addresses problems in traditional forms of scientific and social research, such as giving high regard to objectivity and rationality, and the power equation in the researcher-subject relationship.
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संदिग्ध महिलाएँ 

मैं उत्तरी दिल्ली के एक कमर्शियल कॉम्प्लेक्स में एक छोटे तंग से ऑफिस में हूँ। यहाँ बाहर किसी भी कंपनी या व्यक्ति का नाम नहीं लिखा है। मैं एक लैपटाप कम्प्युटर पर आँखें गढ़ाए एक विडियो को देखने और समझने की कोशिश में लगी हूँ। विडियो में दिखाई दे रहे दृश्य धुंधले हैं और कुछ…
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Finding Feminism

Standing behind the camera, with a microphone in one hand, I have felt this power imbalance first hand. The camera may humanise the person in front of it more than a text analysis would, but the modes of production remain in someone else’s hands.
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Suspicious Women

In this age of surveillance, for the sake of convenience/safety/communication, nothing is sacred anymore. Our lives are exposed, and wholly accessible to whoever is willing to pay a price for it. What keeps these women detectives going is their faith in the value of the work.

बंटवारे की कहानियाँ : जब मेरी दादी ग़ालिब को सरहद पार ले आयीं

गुमशुदा घरों से जुडी कहानियाँ आज दुनिया के कोने-कोने में मिलती हैं, लेकिन फिर भी देखा गया है कि लोग इन्हें जानना नहीं चाहते, इन्हें सुनने से डरते हैं, या फिर कभी बयान करने के लिए इन्हें छोड़ देते हैं ताकि वे अपने और अपने बच्चों के लिए वह ज़िन्दगी तैयार कर पाएँ जिसका सपना…
Its a still from the movie, Khamosh Pani,featuring Kirron Kher, standing with her back towards two men, one is a Sikh wearing a red turban offering something to the woman and the other man is looking towards them. Screen reader support enabled. Its a still from the movie, Khamosh Pani,featuring Kirron Kher, standing with her back towards two men, one is a Sikh wearing a red turban offering something to the woman and the other man is looking towards them.

Review: Khamosh Pani – What heaven is there for me?

Who fights, who flees and who flows with the tide? Branching off from the community, with all the comforts that it offers, can become a true test of character.This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India – a significant chapter in our history when millions of people were faced with this dilemma.


I was a shy kid, coming into my element only at home with my sister. I didn’t like being at social gatherings; large groups of peers or family made me go back into my shell. I never thought this would change, but like everything else, it did. I was surprised to find myself becoming a very sociable young adult, creatively inclined, and the life of any party.
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Yellow Light

Invitation cards had been printed. Her parents wanted to get the best of everything for her. She knew that all this generosity came more out of them trying to put up appearances than out of their love for her. Instead of trying to make sense of it all, or to reason with them, she was told to just enjoy this special life event. Once the whole family had arrived, all of her father’s financial worries and her mother’s emotional ones got drowned in the festivities that took place each night. The bright strings of lights flickered all around the house, announcing the upcoming marriage to the world.
Photo of a piece of paper from an autograph diary. It has signatures of Indian cricketers Vinod Kambli, and Sachin Tendlkar.

The Girl Who Dreamt an Impossible Dream

The dream soon turned into an obsession, fuelled by my kind and supportive father who would’ve done the same for me no matter what I had decided to obsess over. Before I knew it, my whole life revolved around cricket. I had a room full of posters of men who played cricket, and a brain full of cricket facts and trivia. The posters covered every inch of my room. I remember picking up new ones every other week from the street-side sellers of Connaught Place in Delhi, and found one with every new issue of The Hindu’s sports magazine called Sports Star.
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Seeking Moksha

It could be your best friend, a partner, a sister or a parent. Hurting and getting hurt seem to form the basic universal nature of relationships. I have always wondered about why we like creating these connections, and why we need this social network.
The staging of a Ramleela performance, with actors dressed in costumes representing mythological figures

The Magic of Travel

When the opportunity to work on a documentary film shoot about mapping Ramleela (a dramatic folk re-enactment of the life of Ram(a), an avatar of Hindu god Vishnu, and his wife Sita, an avatar of goddess Lakshmi) performance traditions across the state of Orissa presented itself, I had three thoughts in my head.
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The Confidence of a Married Woman

I envy confident women. It could be the way a woman speaks her mind, the way she dresses, or just her self-assured body language in a room full of people that blows me away. In my view, there is a confidence that comes naturally, and one that strengthens with one’s upbringing. I seem to lack…
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Mirroring Reality: A Conversation with Sabiha Sumar – Part 2

In continuation of Mirroring Reality: A Conversation with Sabiha Sumar  – Part 1 Sabiha Sumar presents the harsh reality of women’s lives in a poignant film ‘Saving Face’ – a documentary about survivors of acid-attacks in rural Pakistan. This time wearing the producer’s hat, she explained, 'Acid throwing is both an urban and rural phenomenon.…
A picture of Pakistani feminist filmmaker Sabiha Sumar. Her dark hair has specks of gray in it, and she is wearing thick-rimmed glasses and a checked t shirt.

Mirroring Reality: A Conversation with Sabiha Sumar

[Editor’s note: This Women’s Day, we have Surbhi Dewan talking to Sabiha Sumar about her films Good Morning Karachi, and Saving Face. She also talks about her journey as a successful Pakistani filmmaker over the last 20 years. The article has been published in two parts. Part two will be released on March 15th 2014.]…