For better and for verse
A woman of verse and verve. Not only did poetess and writer Kamala Das’ works articulate unconventional views and beliefs, but as a woman, too, she shattered stereotypes, writes Humra Quraishi
Das was one of those poets whose verse and words spread out. Maybe, it’s
because of the image she’d built or the unconventional views she
aired, not to forget the personal upheaval she’d been through –
falling in love with a Muslim doctor and converting to Islam.
filmmaker, publisher and poet, Suresh Kohli, had known Kamala Das and
her family from way back in the 1960s. He had also co-authored with
Kamala Das the volume Closure (HarperCollins), which dwells on
Chhavi Rajawat, sarpanch of Soda
village, near Jaipur, is an educated young woman, who wears jeans,
drives an SUV and rides horses. She is honest in her work and
transparent in her dealings, writes Renu Rakesh
is the first gram sabha (village council) meeting. The sarpanch baisa
(village council headwoman), dressed in handprinted kurta and
jeans, drives to the panchayat bhawan building, which is only half a
kilometre from her home.
During the Mughal rule, women
did not wear the burqa. Yet, today, in most Islamic
countries, they are required to wear the garment, says Vimla
across the westernised countries in the world, there is a huge
debate on whether their Muslim women citizens or residents/visitors
should be allowed to wear the burqa in public spaces.
The pull of
N. Murthy visits this tropical paradise in Queensland, which
has a huge variety of native wildlife and is home to northern
Australia’s largest colony of koalas
I booked my accommodation at Townsville, I was told the Youth
Hostel Australia (YHA) was situated at the nearby Magnetic Island off
the east coast of Queensland or the "Sunshine State" as it
is known as.
Old-age home for horses
Sugandha Pathak & Shweta Srinivasan
stallions and sturdy mares that once worked for the Delhi Police but
are now injured or too old have found a perfect retirement home at a
sprawling sanctuary on the outskirts of the national Capital.
award-winning documentary is a long journey of shocking discoveries
about the tragic reality, which is often brushed under the carpet,
writes Shoma A. Chatterji
Chatterjee’s documentary Understanding Trafficking, which
recently won the Best Documentary on a Topical Issue issued by
UNFPA-Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitivity 2009-2010, uses the
legend of Sita and the Lakshman Rekha that defined the limits of her
mobility as an analogy to encourage women to cross this line that
separates them from their legitimate desires, aspirations and
Kapoor is back
Ranjan Das Gupta
Kapoor, who remains the most under-rated actor of the Kapoor clan, is
all set to return to the big screen after a gap of about two decades
in Rahul Dholakia’s Society, which also stars his cousin
Aditya Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia.
The new action heroine
may be a man’s world but there are some films that would be nothing
— or at least a lot less — without a woman in the lead role.
Producers of a spate of new films and television series are ditching
male actors and casting women for roles originally written for men.