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For a ‘Youth Icon’, from a Particularly Pissed Off Young Woman

GUEST COLUMN | When Chetan Bhagat writes ‘I’d like Indian men to have an open mind about choosing their life partners and revise their ‘ideal woman’ criteria’, one expects that he is exhorting many Indian men to finally realize that women are equal ‘partners’ in a marriage, and are also humans with their own ideas and aspirations both within and outside the home, which are not tied to being someone’s wife or mother. But no, Mr. Bhagat fails miserably, as in his narrow view of the world that ignores disturbing everyday realities for much of India’s population, women’s lives still revolve around men. Shreya Sen tells us why this is not just pissing off, but also extremely problematic, and hardly “progressive”.

The Best of Romance in the Written World: 2012

Blogger itchingtowrite @ The Reading Corner lists her favourite works of Romance from the written world, most of them works of fiction that were released in 2012. Have you read these books yet?

In the Middle of the Road

Streets in India bustle with life and are full of rich experiences. In a guest column for Spark, Kiran Keswani offers a glimpse of life on the streets as she has seen it, gently touching upon the diverse interesting aspects, particularly the myriad paan shops. Text and photographs by Kiran Keswani.

A Change of City, a Change in Me

Hollaback! is an international initiative that aims to spread awareness about street sexual harassment. It is currently active in 16 countries around the world. In India, Hollaback! operates in Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, and the Chennai chapter was launched in December last year. Aishwarya S, a project associate with Hollaback! Chennai talks about street sexual harassment and what she has learnt and done as part of Hollaback! Chennai.

The Silent Heroines of the Indian Growth Story

Venkatesh Krishnamoorthy, co-founder of a funding organisation, Social Investment Foundation of India, talks about the importance of reaching out to women to put India on a definite track to development.

Worries Go Down Better with Soup

Infosys founder N.R.Narayana Murthy’s recent statement about the quality of students entering the IITs created quite a stir. In this context, Priya Gopal raises a pertinent question – do school children eat healthy and nutritious food? The unfortunate answer is No. Read on.

Book Delight : Ten Must-Read Works of Fiction

There’s nothing that could be more delightful for a book lover than curling up with a good work of fiction. Vibha Sharma lists and reviews ten must-read novels that captured her interest and imagination for various reasons. It’s story time, folks!

Inflation Demystified!

Inflation. We come across the word ever so often in our day to day lives. But have you always been left with a vague understanding of what inflation is and how it works? Then this tutorial is for you. Viswanathan Subramanian demystifies this important economic indicator that is linked in a big way to your hard-earned money.

Mastering Wealth Creation

When we talk of creation, can you imagine something as money in the picture? Well we could and we call it wealth creation. Have you ever thought of making investments as an act of creation? Here is an interesting take on the art and science of wealth creation. Deepa Venkatraghvan will tell you more.

The CWG Journey

What was it like being part of the team organizing one of India’s biggest events in 2010? Nia recounts her experience working on the Commonwealth Games.

Cloudbursts and Sunbursts in Ladakh

Sanjani Shah visits Ladakh on a photography trip and ends up experiencing so much more than what was on offer. Text and pictures by Shah.