Maids are an indispensable part of the Indian household. Anupama Krishnakumar’s story is about the equation a woman has shared with two maids at two different points in her life.
Tag: women issues
When a woman becomes a mother, the expectations from her go many notches up. And most of the times, there are two ‘shes’ battling within her. Here’s reflecting on the endless dilemma that a mother faces – her children versus her own dreams, accompanied by a guilt that never ceases to be.
Samhita Arni is the author of “Sita’s Ramayana”, a graphic novel developed in collaboration with Patua Artist Moyna Chitrakar and published by Tara Books. The book has spent two weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List for Graphic Novels. When she was eight, Samhita started writing and illustrating her first book. “The Mahabharata – A Child’s View”, (Tara Books, 1996) that went on to be published in seven language editions, selling 50,000 copies worldwide, winning the Elsa Morante Literary Award, and receiving commendations from the German Academy for Youth Literature and Media and The Spanish Ministry of Culture. Samhita talks about her book, ‘Sita’s Ramayana’ and women in mythology, among other things, in this interview.
Kalpana Sharma is an independent journalist and columnist whose columns appear regularly in The Hindu’s Sunday Magazine, on The Hoot and Infochange India. Her columns are about developmental issues, women, the media and the environment, among others. Kalpana Sharma is also the author of ‘Rediscovering Dharavi: Stories from Asia’s largest slum’ published by Penguin in 2000. In this interview, she gets talking about the Indian society’s attitude towards girl children and social issues such as female foeticide. Excerpts.
Time and again, we hear stories of how children are forced into prostitution by people close to them for the sake of money. The thought of a child being abandoned in a strange, cruel and unsafe environment and forced to live under despicable circumstances sends a chill down my spine every time. Meenakshi is the tale of a girl who grows up to be a woman that men come to for various reasons.