I was speaking to an Aunt over the phone but after a point, she seemed quite distracted. When I asked her if she was busy and wanted to disconnect the call, she sighed and agreed. Later, she called me back and apologized for cutting short our conversation. She mentioned that she had been having an argument with my Uncle over a saree that she had purchased.
Hidden emotional abuse in a marriage (no scar, no swollen eye!) often goes unnoticed. This normalizes the insidious violence, and can cause the affected women to hide things from their spouses.
A few days back, on one of the parenting forums on Facebook, a woman had posted about how she asks the courier delivery man to come some other time with her online shopping parcel if her husband is at home at that point. Continue reading Emotional Abuse in Marriage – Real Stories
He tenderly caressed her cheeks which had turned crimson red. Her heartbeat had accelerated and sweat ran in rivulets down her back. And then, all of a sudden, panic slithered inside her. She felt a gnawing, stomach-churning twinge and turned around to scurry out as fast as she could. But, her body seemed to betray her emotions and her legs froze. Continue reading The Homecoming
Something incredible happened today! A man chanced upon my article on the Myths of Feminism and after reading it, he dropped a message in my inbox. He mentioned that he was someone who used to quite often mock the concept of feminism and though he did not intend malice, he enjoyed flouting at his feminist friends. Continue reading Nothing will change if we believe nothing will change
The alarm kept ringing unremittingly but Reeti woke up from her deep slumber only after her mother’s squawk reached her ears. She shot a hasty glance at the clock while she dived towards the bathroom to freshen up. She was late for office again and she knew she would have to face her mother’s wrath as this had become a routine off late. Continue reading Beauty does not lie in the eyes of the beholder
Bhavya traversed down the memory lane as the classic patriotic numbers played out one after the other in her locality. The reminiscences of her humming these songs along with her friends in their school bus brought the rare authentic curve on her lips. She recollected how she used to wait ardently to gorge on the delectable laddoos offered by her school on the occasion of Independence Day post the flag hoisting event. Her heart yearned for those idyllic days. Continue reading Are we worth it?
“Oh, poor thing has been scarred for life.”
“She has become a big blot on the family’s reputation.”
“That is really sad… but she should have been more careful.”
“Why were you out so late in the night?” Continue reading Sexual Abuse Survivors – The Ugly Reality
“Mom, are you free now? As I had told you, I need to discuss something very important with you.”
The nervousness and sense of urgency in Kavita’s voice was evident now. Aradhana Aunty was at the bank when Kavita had called her earlier in the day. Continue reading Can we please stop advising couples to have a baby to solve their marital woes?
While scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed with my sleeping baby on my lap, I read a news article about an eminent cricketer whose family got his newly-wed bride’s name changed post marriage. I glanced at the comments section of the post curious to know how the masses had reacted to this news item. Continue reading Feminism – The Facts and the Misconceptions