As the world's largest democracy heads to the polling booth, I sit watching thousands of kilometres away, nibbling on strudel and wishing I could be part of the process. When election fever grips India, temperatures go off the charts, adding even more heat to the already scorching Indian summer. I scroll through news articles, read … Continue reading Suffrage and the Muslim woman.
A few days ago, I found myself befuddled by certain happenings on the great and magical world of social networking. Now, we all know that social networks are our Number One go-to choice of activity when we want to stimulate our senses and intellect, and encourage people's constant need for validation, which of course, is a … Continue reading Saving the world, one selfie at a time.
If your knee-jerk reaction to Malala Yousafzai's speech at the UN did not involve you violently pumping your fist in the air, yelling "YOU GO, GIRL!!", checking yourself for yelling like a crazy person and possibly waking up the neighbours in the middle of the night, dabbing your damp eyes, engaging in some quiet introspection, … Continue reading Go, Malala!
The open page of today's newspaper had a pleasant surprise in store for me. The Western media salivates and greedily laps up stories of "Islam oppressed me but now I'm liberated so yay" by Muslim women who choose to give up religion. While the Ayan Hirsi Alis and Taslima Nasrins of the world hog the limelight … Continue reading Liberty isn’t just a hippie name for girls.