A different kind of Indian wedding

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So many brides in India get married in a system that still follows the appalling practice of dowry. After the ‘kanyadaan’, there is a ‘vidai/bidai’ ceremony where the bride leaves behind her maternal home to take the husband’s home as her own. But there is no ritual where the groom does the same. The bride’s family also supports the wedding expenses.

Though times are changing now, but I was recently quite surprised to find out that these are fairly common practices in both rural and urban India.

I don’t think either bride or groom should be subject to any of these processes, but it’s amusing to think of a role reversal.

Happy Holi!

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Every year, I’m fascinated by the riot of colours that spring brings. As Holi celebrates harvest, colour, and the beginning of this beautiful season, let’s leave behind some long-lasting colour for the world to enjoy!

Women’s Day 2017: Choice is empowerment

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Being a woman is hard in any part of the world. The biggest weapon that women can wield is the power of choice, the choice to make our own decisions, the choice to marry or reproduce or not do both, the choice to simply be.  The ability to live without fear, the freedom to live without being judged. There are way too many expectations and demands of women, too many stereotyped casts that we are expected to fill.

A lot of women do succumb to pressure, it’s easy to give in. Ever so often, I hear an unhappy woman tell me, “I don’t really have a choice.” I hope that all of us realize that our lives are ours to lead, and that we get to make our own choices. This International Woman’s Day, here’s to empowering woman all over the world with choice.

Happy New Year!

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2016’s been a pretty bad year overall, and it’s a big relief to say goodbye to it once and for all! Let’s welcome 2017 with a resolve to do our bit in making this big bad world a more peaceful place.