Diaries

Life

5 things that happen when both you and your mom are severely addicted to shopping

Guilt tripping after shopping is always fun when you have a partner to do it with.

Life

The helplessness of being trolled online

Being an opinionated woman comes at a cost, especially if you use social media.

Life

A case of misunderstood feminism: How an accidental graze in a supermarket made my husband a molester

He grazed her hand with his watch, and got labelled a rowdy molester.

Life

I would rather travel the world than have kids. Deal with it

Choosing globetrotting over motherhood does not make me a bad person.

Life

Teej to Karva Chauth: Here's why I refuse to fast for my husband

I refuse go to hungry voluntarily in the name of tradition and sexism.

Life

A few thoughts about women who judge me for wearing a short dress in public

Stop looking at my legs like they are a piece of tangri kebab!

Life

India's obsession with having a male child has made me fearful of pregnancy

Yes, it's my oven. But, I have no control over the baby's gender.

Life

5 things I wish I could tell every guy my parents set me up for an arranged match

Dear stranger, if it wasn't for my parents, I would have walked out of this awkward meeting already.

Life

I like going on overnight journeys alone. But, I have to arm myself like I'm going to war

Travelling alone can be very liberating. But, if you are a woman--you've got to take extra care.

Life

My breasts are a sign of my weakness. I don't want them anymore

Because if you grope my breasts, it's I who is shamed.

Life

The essential traits of an ideal Muslim woman, and why I'll never be her

Religion should not define a person's existence. But, being a Muslim woman I can't afford that luxury.

Sex & Relationships

He doesn't listen to me because I am a woman: A tale of every wife/girlfriend out there

God has blessed men with many powers. Not listening to women is just one of them.

Life

The shopping woes of a woman who just refuses to wear anything feminine

No, I don't suffer from identity crisis. I just love androgynous fashion.

Life

The India vs Pakistan ICC Champions Trophy final is a nightmare for me

Why does the India vs Pakistan cricket match have to be a bigger celebration than anything else in the world?

Sex & Relationships

What does it mean to be a feminist in a relationship?

We feminists are not cold-hearted, man-hating witches that we are assumed to be.

Life

I hate being called a lesbian. Call me queer instead

Being queer is very different from being a lesbian.

Life

"Don't wear yellow, you'll look like a taxi" and other ridiculous advises no dusky girl ever signed up for

As if there weren't enough problems in the world to deal with, that I have to consider my complexion a problem.

Life

Apparently, I can't wear black because I'm newly married. Why doesn't the same rule apply to my husband?

Marriage can't dictate my choices and that includes my love for the colour black.

Life

Wearing a bra in this heat sucks. But thanks to lecherous men, I have to wear it everyday

It's difficult to breathe in a bra but the shame is too much to bear.

Life

"Your husband will feel he's married a man," and other things I've been told for having small breasts

Please stop paying so much attention to my breasts. It's none of your beeswax.

Health

This is what the life of an insomniac looks like

The exhaustion and the frustration can't be put into words.

Beauty

Getting my hair coloured is the best thing I have ever done for my tresses

I feel more confident leaving my hair open, now.

Life

Summer heat makes me want to chop my hair, but I am a woman and log kya kahenge...

"Women are supposed to have long hair," is what I have been told for years.

Life

I don't fast during Ramzan when I am on my period because I care about my health. Stop calling me unholy

I am not fasting during Ramzan, but it's not because I am a pariah.

Life

I am a newly-married woman, and I don't see the point stepping out wearing my marital status on my dupatta

Why should I start dressing up like a Christmas tree just because I am married?

Life

I hate waxing. But, I would rather endure the pain than show my body hair

Waxing hurts. But, I am a woman and pain is a gift, right?

Life

I window shop when I am stressed--and it's the best therapy ever!

The best part about window shopping is that I don't have to spend a dime to make myself feel better.

Life

My ex-boyfriend is now my best friend--probably because I'm gay

You can be friends with your ex--terms and conditions applied!

Life

Watching make-up tutorials ruined my self-esteem

No matter the make-up products you employ in your arsenal, the results will never be as good as you see on the screen.

Sex & Relationships

Confession time: Rejecting men gives me sadistic pleasure

I'll quit playing games with their hearts, when they quit playing games with mine.

Life

This is what it's like to be an Indian woman on a nude beach

Nude beaches are great fun, but only if you're the one confidently donning a bikini.

Beauty

Make-up woes of a woman with large pores: Here's why I hate wearing foundation

Thanks to my crater-like pores, flawless foundation face is a distant dream.

Life

I am a tomboy and I am not happy about wearing a lehenga on my wedding day

I would rather wear plain jeans than look like a decorated Christmas tree.

Life

A letter to the nosy aunty who gossips about me coming home late at night

You can make a superb spy. Please don't waste your talent on me.

Life

An ode to my moustache: I really wish I could let you go

You are, and will always be, my one true love.

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