Homage to my great great grandmother, a child widow, during Pitru Paksha 2020

 Pitru Paksha is the fortnight of rememberance of one’s ancestors in India. I have often marvelled at the determination of my great, great grandmother, Radhika Devi. In accordance with customs prevalent in the late 19th century, she was married at the age of 9 to her young husband of 14. She was meant to goContinue reading “Homage to my great great grandmother, a child widow, during Pitru Paksha 2020”

Women of India & the Reality of Empowerment

There are some resonant sounds we hear daily in this pulsating, multi-tasking world we live in- listen to the myriad nuances of the word ’empowerment’.Do the words ‘empowerment for women’ reek of gender bias?I will begin with women in their mid – 50’s, born in the cities to well-educated parents and grandparents. Why have manyContinue reading “Women of India & the Reality of Empowerment”