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13th March, 2014

This is the whole video of Kalki’s monologue on International Women’s Day from the photoset earlier. It is a great piece and worth the 20 minutes of your time. 

Here are some striking bits from it:

  • "I’m not a little girl, who’s been lied to that she’s a woman. I’m not a little girl who’s been raped before she’s kissed."
  • "Does she even ask to be free, does she even dream, when her husband enters her, is it Shah Rukh Khan she tries to see."
  • "Enough of a woman who has to make space for child and lover, who has to occupy what space is leftover"

25th January, 2014

18th September, 2013

1st September, 2013

12th August, 2013

Let’s start with a figure: 60 million. That is nearly the entire population of the United Kingdom. That is also the approximate number of women “missing” in India. They have either been aborted before birth, killed once born, died of neglect because they were girls, or perhaps murdered by their husband’s family for not paying enough dowry at marriage.

That number isn’t a wild exaggeration or a figure thoughtlessly plucked out of the air, but a matter of demographics. As far back as 1991, the economist Amartya Sen pointed out that Asia was missing 100 million women because of sex-selection and the poor attention paid to women. In 2005, it was estimated at 50 million Indian women in the New York Times. But this isn’t a new problem.

In 1991, the Indian census showed an unprecedented drop of women in the sex-ratio. After running tests to check whether women had been under-counted, they found that a massive explosion in sex-selection during the 80s had led to a sharp drop in the number of girls being born. A report by Action Aid in 2009 (“Disappearing Daughters” [PDF]) found that in some villages in the state of Punjab, there were as few as 300 girls for every 1,000 boys.

Overall, India had 37.25 million fewer women than men according to the 2011 Census. To match the sexes equally and then increase the number of women to match the natural sex-ratio would require around 60 to 70 million women. That is the number of women missing. This phenomenon cannot be called anything less than genocide.

India’s 60 million women that never were - Opinion - Al Jazeera English 

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21st July, 2013

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Samode Palace - Jaipur, India
Popular among celebrities, royal families and discerning travelers willing to discover North India, the staggering Samode Palace is a feast of marvelously decorated rooms, pools and shaded courtyards connected through picturesque narrow stairways. Its magnificent Indo-Saracenic architecture along with the lavishly furnished suites and the outstanding facilities provided, create a very special environment, one that redefines comfort and luxury in all its aspects.
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Samode Palace - Jaipur, India
Popular among celebrities, royal families and discerning travelers willing to discover North India, the staggering Samode Palace is a feast of marvelously decorated rooms, pools and shaded courtyards connected through picturesque narrow stairways. Its magnificent Indo-Saracenic architecture along with the lavishly furnished suites and the outstanding facilities provided, create a very special environment, one that redefines comfort and luxury in all its aspects.
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Had the distinct pleasure of staying at this palace when I traveled around Rajasthan! Gorgeous! luxuryaccommodations:

Samode Palace - Jaipur, India
Popular among celebrities, royal families and discerning travelers willing to discover North India, the staggering Samode Palace is a feast of marvelously decorated rooms, pools and shaded courtyards connected through picturesque narrow stairways. Its magnificent Indo-Saracenic architecture along with the lavishly furnished suites and the outstanding facilities provided, create a very special environment, one that redefines comfort and luxury in all its aspects.
Website | TripAdvisor

Had the distinct pleasure of staying at this palace when I traveled around Rajasthan! Gorgeous! luxuryaccommodations:

Samode Palace - Jaipur, India
Popular among celebrities, royal families and discerning travelers willing to discover North India, the staggering Samode Palace is a feast of marvelously decorated rooms, pools and shaded courtyards connected through picturesque narrow stairways. Its magnificent Indo-Saracenic architecture along with the lavishly furnished suites and the outstanding facilities provided, create a very special environment, one that redefines comfort and luxury in all its aspects.
Website | TripAdvisor

Had the distinct pleasure of staying at this palace when I traveled around Rajasthan! Gorgeous! luxuryaccommodations:

Samode Palace - Jaipur, India
Popular among celebrities, royal families and discerning travelers willing to discover North India, the staggering Samode Palace is a feast of marvelously decorated rooms, pools and shaded courtyards connected through picturesque narrow stairways. Its magnificent Indo-Saracenic architecture along with the lavishly furnished suites and the outstanding facilities provided, create a very special environment, one that redefines comfort and luxury in all its aspects.
Website | TripAdvisor

Had the distinct pleasure of staying at this palace when I traveled around Rajasthan! Gorgeous! luxuryaccommodations:

Samode Palace - Jaipur, India
Popular among celebrities, royal families and discerning travelers willing to discover North India, the staggering Samode Palace is a feast of marvelously decorated rooms, pools and shaded courtyards connected through picturesque narrow stairways. Its magnificent Indo-Saracenic architecture along with the lavishly furnished suites and the outstanding facilities provided, create a very special environment, one that redefines comfort and luxury in all its aspects.
Website | TripAdvisor

Had the distinct pleasure of staying at this palace when I traveled around Rajasthan! Gorgeous! luxuryaccommodations:

Samode Palace - Jaipur, India
Popular among celebrities, royal families and discerning travelers willing to discover North India, the staggering Samode Palace is a feast of marvelously decorated rooms, pools and shaded courtyards connected through picturesque narrow stairways. Its magnificent Indo-Saracenic architecture along with the lavishly furnished suites and the outstanding facilities provided, create a very special environment, one that redefines comfort and luxury in all its aspects.
Website | TripAdvisor

Had the distinct pleasure of staying at this palace when I traveled around Rajasthan! Gorgeous!

luxuryaccommodations:

Samode Palace - Jaipur, India

Popular among celebrities, royal families and discerning travelers willing to discover North India, the staggering Samode Palace is a feast of marvelously decorated rooms, pools and shaded courtyards connected through picturesque narrow stairways. Its magnificent Indo-Saracenic architecture along with the lavishly furnished suites and the outstanding facilities provided, create a very special environment, one that redefines comfort and luxury in all its aspects.

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Had the distinct pleasure of staying at this palace when I traveled around Rajasthan! Gorgeous!

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