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Sh*T Heteros Say


  “I hate the word homophobia. It’s not a phobia. You’re not scared. You’re an asshole.” –Morgan Freeman “What is straight?  A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains.”  — Tennessee Williams, “A Streetcar Named Desire” “We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a …

Toss and Talk: What you need to know to combat violence against women

Combat violence against women

Early this week, we heard Maneka Gandhi telling a group of journalists that India’s rape problem is an exaggeration fuelled by the media. She also claimed that back in 2014, India ranked among the lowest four nations in rape cases. Anyone who knows India in the least bit will know, her statement can be treated as wishful thinking at best — certainly not the reality. The …

Toss and Talk: What does our surprise at Trump’s victory in the United States say about us?


Avantika: So, it’s been a helluva week, guys. All of us were following the US presidency for different reasons. And, none of us predicted this outcome. How does everyone feel about Trump 2016? Janani: Will kick off by saying that I was 100% sure that Trump wouldn’t win and then the margin with which he won left me reflecting a lot on my understanding of …

Uncomfortable Truths

Over Thinking “You can never trust the human mind anyway. It’s a death trap.” – Anthony Hopkins. Armchair Activist “Serve yourself” – Benjamin Franklin   Related posts: Sh*T Heteros Say On Beauty Fall in India: Expectation vs Reality I’m an Optimist

Crazy Day Jobs Famous Designers had Before They Made It


Having graduated in psychology and going totally off track to work as a stylist for more then 15 years and then a sudden transition into designing my own fashion label just goes to show that life is the most unplanned mystery you will ever experience. Trying to find my foothold in the fashion world I discovered that most iconic designers started of on a completely different career …

Pink reminded me how urban cities like Delhi browbeat working women


I’d put off watching Pink but tonight I felt brave enough to go watch it. It’s not perfect, but it doesn’t need to be. It makes its point well enough. And for the first time, I do think we needed Amitabh Bachchan, known for ensuring his daughter-in-law was first married to a tree before she embraced the family name, whose presence on any kind of …

The Mall Generation


If then this tendency toward collectivization is mutation there is no reason to suppose it is for the better – John Steinbeck, in Sea of Cortez Related posts: College: the best years of your life? AntzDoodles for Pyjama People #4: Learning from Pain AntzDoodles for Pyjama People #5: Needles are a girl’s best friend Sh*T Heteros Say

#InHerWords: My workplace was so sexist, I had to quit my job


For the first few years of my career as a journalist, I kept saying “no J-school ever prepares you for the real deal,” when, my J-school did actually prepare me for real life encounters at work. There were times my class would see our Dean flirt with his ‘favorite’ ladies from our batch. These women were also seen babysitting his kid at college get-togethers. Inevitably, …

Happy Teachers’ Day, RA


The 5th of September was Teachers’ Day in India. This is considered Teachers’ Week. Typically, when I would think of instructors, I would only think of school. And this I think is the case with most people. Even the Google homepage doodle this year was books and pencils. This time though, my thoughts were a bit different. Instead of my first teachers, my thoughts were on my …

#PyjamaReviews: Things that must be said, Ms Roy


“This! Just arrived at my doorstep and has thrown all other books off the shelf. Cannot put it down!” is what I said in the afternoon when the book arrived. “Arundhati Roy and John Cusack – Things That Can And Cannot Be Said.” Bold type on a cover that looks a bit like an LP. I was very excited. I’ve been a fan of Arundhati …