Watching "India’s Daughter"

Rape is not a sex crime: it is a display of power. It is a group of socially powerful people saying, “You have transgressed the boundaries we set for you: see what we can do.” It is a “punishment” for daring to breach and an example for those who continue to do so.It is a…

Discovery of Non-India

(Image souce: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31698154) This has been a tough week for India- at least the secular, modern, egalitarian India of my perhaps impractical dreams- and it ain’t getting any better. Usually I start these letters-to-a-stranger thing with a “hi” and a “how are you”, but today, I’m honestly not in the mood. When you think about the…

Goddesses #4: Nirbhaya

They were a quiet, religious family of five.   The father, Mr. Mukherjee, ran a chain of sari boutiques in the para. They had three daughters: Durga, the eldest, and Lakshmi and Saraswati, the twins. All three sisters were gifted, but Durga- oh, she was in a different league altogether. Tall, fair, and doe-eyed, she…