Why mom is still right
As a society, we have failed our women and their collective wisdom by blindly following “research” that contradicts
grandmother's heartfelt advice. Eating right is a family responsibility, so junk the packets
of the many
reasons why India is losing out on its native food wisdom is because
its primary carriers are women and their role in the kitchen has been
grossly misunderstood. Oops! Did I just say that? On International
Women’s Day where it’s all about "power talk", the
changing face and role of the Indian woman. But then right at the
start of my career I decided that my job was to be ruthlessly honest.
So stomach this.
kitchen has been the power centre, the place where all ingredients;
fresh, local and seasonal, come together through the intuitive
energies of these very upholders of our food wisdom and turn into
delicacies like kadhi chawal, makai ki roti sarson ka saag,
sidu, ghee etc.
That graceful presence
Women of high rank were ordinarily not portrayed as observed from life but as idealised beings. It was only those from the lower strata like performers, working women or attendants, who were painted from life
is incredible elegance, and refinement, in the manner in which
painters of the past treated the feminine form in India. For centuries
together. All those supple forms, those faces of porcelain beauty,
come rushing to the mind: nayikas languishing on moonlit
terraces, stepping out in the dark of stormy nights to keep a tryst,
haughtily glancing down with a bare look to spare for lovers massaging
the soles of their feet, peeping seductively from behind bamboo
curtains, daintily gathering flowers with henna-ed hands. It is a
magical world, as Coomaraswamy once wrote, in which "all men are
heroic, and all women beautiful and passionate and shy".
Nutritional needs change in various stages of a woman’s life
her lifecycle, there are several phases in a woman’s life. Puberty
and adolescence, pregnancy and lactation and menopause are three
stages marked by significant hormonal changes. At each stage, a woman
has special nutritional requirements.
Checks for healthy life
A woman’s body goes through many changes. A regular checkup at every age can help prevent specific problems during that period
Dr Umesh N. Jindal
MAny a times we take
our body for guaranteed, misuse it and still expect it to work
efficiently. The fruits of a healthy lifestyle, an appropriate diet,
activity and sleep pattern are appreciated in the later years of life.
Besides maintaining a healthy lifestyle, regular health checkups can
help to ward off or treat many diseases.
Despite the market's attempt to cocoon souls in their self-enclosed mesh, men and women are actually meant to love, not hate each other. They need each other to foster nurturing relationships
Relations between men
and women, if tenuous before, are even more fragile today. With the
hype on individuality and the consumerist boom promoting a panacea of
possessions, more men and women have been seduced by the spiel to end
up single, unhappy and lonely. Rather than realising that men and
women need each other to foster supportive, nurturing relationships,
the sexes have widened the abyss between them in the 21st century.
Marriages are floundering due to lack of adjustment. Many who are not
married as yet don't want to get into it. Ostrich-like they bury
themselves further in their work.
How he should reach out to her
Both women and men
have been made from the same thread. They are connected and they are
one. Lesser do we know that there is a man in every woman and the
woman in every man. In situations, the man can see the reflection of a
woman and the woman can see the reflection of her inner man. Take the
role of a father and that of a mother. The job of a father is to guard
and defend, while the job of the mother is to raise and nurture. At
times, you will see that roles are being swapped. The father would
raise and the mother would protect. Life is full of examples of single
mothers playing the role of both father and mother.
On the road less travelled
Women travellers are a fast-burgeoning demography. They are scaling new heights and even creating some unheard of peaks
Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu
is fun. Travel tales, even better. And trailblazers are the proverbial
icing on the cake. And if these pathbreakers constitute women, they
sure make it newsworthy.
From the hills of
Minakshi Chaudhry has
worn many a mantle in life: as a journalist, cancer survivor and
prolific author. But what defines her best is her endless love for
travel, especially in Himachal Pradesh, her home state. Born in Solan,
she was schooled in Nigeria before landing a job with a newspaper. The
travel bug bit her early on, for when her family returned from
Nigeria, her father booked hopping flights, choosing a different
destination to visit each time.
stature, big on heart, would be a fitting way to describe Galia
Moss, the Mexican sailor currently on a solo east to west
circumnavigation of Latin America — Mexico to Mexico — to be
Gender-benders of B-town
Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra are waging a battle for pay-package
parity for heroines in a male-dominated industry, some women working
behind-the-camera have also asserted that ‘not gender but talent’
matters. In an industry where only ‘heroes matter’, debutant
director Gauri Shinde broke not only the myth but also boxoffice
records with her heroine-centric English Vinglish starring a
50-ish Sridevi. The ad-filmmaker-turned director’s film about a
woman seeking linguistic dignity was inspired by her own mother and
the script dealt with an issue that was ‘right under our noses’
but only Gauri had the courage of the conviction.
Life behind bars
Bimal Roy’s Bandini, which has completed 50 years, is perhaps the first Hindi film to depict the story of
a woman prisoner, who was given life imprisonment for murder
Shoma A. Chatterji
outstanding film Bandini, celebrates its 50th year. It won the
National Award for the Best Feature Film (Hindi) in 1964. It won
almost all major Filmfare Awards — Best Film, Best director, Best
Actress (Nutan), Best Cinematographer (Kamal Bose), Best Sound Design
(D. Billimoria) and Best Story (Jarasandha). It was a big commercial
success. The film starred the smashingly handsome Dharmendra as the
jail doctor while Ashok Kumar portrayed a political extremist. Gulzar
entered into the world of lyrics in this film almost by accident.