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The Modern Woman
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The Modern Woman

The modern woman is realizing why men have been workaholics and absent parents all these years. The modern woman is grappling with the Catch-22 of being equal and wanting to look up to someone. The modern woman is torn between the age-old power of her sexuality and the new-found one…

‘Courtesy Of’ Doesn’t Nullify Content Theft

Out of curiosity, I looked up the meaning of the phrase ‘Courtesy of’. Here’s what my favorite online reference resource had to say about it: done or performed as a matter of courtesy or protocol offered or provided free by courtesy of the management I think it’s abundantly clear from this…

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Indian Relationships: A State Of Anarchy

I saw a Hollywood movie about relationships and love. In one scene, a man and a woman meet in a department store and strike up a conversation over the cash register which continues till they walk out. Standing on the sidewalk, they talk, like any two strangers who’ve just met, of…

The Faceless Hand In The Crowd
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The Faceless Hand In The Crowd

Call it eve-teasing, call it street harassment or just talk about SlutWalk. I’m adding my voice to this cry. I live in Mumbai, famed for the crowds, the fast pace of life…and how safe it is for women. I am thankful for it. The city I call home, gives me…

The Best Kind Of Guy Friend

You know who the best kind of guy friend is? You can admit to being madly in love with him and he’ll look at you in the eye and tell you the truth if he is not. And after that, he won’t stop taking your calls or meeting you. If…

I Wear: Scarf It Up!
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I Wear: Scarf It Up!

Accessories fascinate me more than clothes. Through my college years, these took the form of jewelery, ranging from earrings to medallions, necklaces, anklets, rings, belts and every form of adornment I could find. When I started work, most of my jewelery had to be put away as it was too…

Marvin’s World: Angry Birds & Aporkalypse
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Marvin’s World: Angry Birds & Aporkalypse

Don’t Be A Bird-Brain, Be A Pig! Pop culture is a mystery. I’m stumped by the success of a game that involves catapulting scowling, winged creatures onto a building to destroy it. The movie Rio: Angry Birdsmay have contributed to its popularity but then again, most people I know went…

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The Married Male Friend

It is a fact that the social environment is very different today than the one in which my parents met and started their relationship. Neither mum nor dad really have independent friend circles, let alone know too many single people of their generation. I belong to several social circuits that…

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Meet The Parents & Their Expectations

A friend was saying that he’d decided that most women were cowards because they would not stand up to their families, not stand up for the men they wanted to be with. For a fact, I’ve seen a good number of relationships end because of familial opposition – on the…

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What Dexter Proves

A man would rather follow a serial killer’s day on TV than have an emotional conversation with a woman. I am definitely not the weaker sex. * Image from JuniorLayouts Free Dexter Images ** A version is posted to Yahoo! Real Beauty.

Marvin’s World: Tapestry
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Marvin’s World: Tapestry

This is a rather belated announcement but perhaps not so much considering my case. I have a new phone. Yes, I have finally joined the ranks of smartphone owners. Bypassing the Apple fad (yes, yes, I know their products are superior, I just don’t have the moolah, okay?), I’ve gone…

Everyone Wants To Get Into My Wallet
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Everyone Wants To Get Into My Wallet

Late one night, as I was driving down the city, I looked up at a huge billboard advertising a jewelery brand and featuring an aspirational-lifestyle model/actress. I exclaimed, “I really love that advertisement!” My friend smiled and said, “You would. It celebrates you, after all.” ~O~O~O~O~O~O~ My first luxury retail…

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The Dirty Boy Habit

My father does it. I remember my cousin doing it from the summer he stayed with us. And now, to my horror and disgust, I find my boyfriend does it too! I shudder to enter the toilet. No, this is not about that old seat up/down debate. Look higher. There’s…

The Sportswoman Takes Second Place

The Sportswoman Takes Second Place

There must have been as many women as men in the audience. The television was switched on an hour early, by my mother, not father. On Saturday night, the entire country, gender irrespective, celebrated India’s win of the World Cup 2011. Everyone on my Facebook and Twitter feeds was talking…

Wearing The Pants & The Apron In The Family

Wearing The Pants & The Apron In The Family

I have a friend, a guy who loves cooking and sometimes talks about the gender stereotype that he faces. He opines that men cook by rules, follow recipes to the step… wouldn’t know that you can dilute coconut milk powder in water if there is no coconut milk and so…

Inherited Relationships

Compartmentalization is the one thing that goes out of the window when you get into a relationship. I think that’s what most of us struggle the most with. We’ve spent most of our adolescent and adult lives learning to organize the world around us in a certain way. Then someone…

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Tangled Hearts

A friend of mine used to say that at his wedding, he’d play the following song by Julio Iglesias, “To all the girls I’ve loved before who’ve travelled in and out of my door I’m glad they came along I dedicate this song to all the girls I’ve loved before”…

A Good Catch
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A Good Catch

I met a young man last year who was smart, successful, charming and good-looking. He was also single and he explained why, saying, “There’s such a strong pressure on girls to land a good catch that I can never tell whether they like me for me or just because I’m…

How To Break Up
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How To Break Up

I read an article which touched a raw nerve. The article had tips on how to break-up while avoiding the discomfort of the whole process. Now, having gone through this so very many times, I can attest to the fact that practice does not make perfect. There is no easy…

Fallen Eve
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Fallen Eve

To ‘the one special woman’, You are the stuff of memories that never fade, rust or get forgotten. You are the overriding factor above everything hormonal, practical, emotional, logical and fair. Indeed, you must be special. I’ve been thinking about you a lot. Do you know who I am? I…