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Articles by & about South Asian women
Identity and Home in Meira Chand's novels. by Anu Kumar, for Sawnet. 22 Jul 2011.
Greetings, Aunt Flo. Aravinda Pillalamarri writes about the comfort and practicality of menstrual cups. In Manushi and IndiaTogether.
I like women like me!. Sruti Bala writes about the first and only Palestinian gay women's association Aswat, how it tries to link together different forms of discrimination, and how this could be relevant for the Indian/South Asian context. In countercurrents.org
Samina Ali interviewed by Shauna Singh Baldwin. May 2005.
Tsunami Help -- a list of organizations accepting donations, plus links to news reports and blogs.
In Memoriam: Shama Futehally. Anu Kumar in the Economic & Political Weekly.
Survival Guide for Write-at-Home parents, by Sujata Massey. The author of 8 mystery novels and parent of two toddlers talks about survival strategies.
Strength through SEWA. A women's cooperative in Lucknow. The Hindu.
The Hijab and I. The word 'Hijab' is relatively new for me. It was not a part of my vocabulary as I was growing up. I learned it much later, when I began to read literary and religious Urdu texts...C.M. Naim in OutlookIndia. 2 Sep 2004.
Out of India. Anita Desai talks about why she set her new novel in Mexico, and how she missed out on feminism -- twice. The Guardian, 2 Sep 2004.
Through the Looking Glass. Sangeeta Ray writes about diasporic writing, in the Diaspora issue of India Seminar.
A question of pronouns. Shauna Singh Baldwin reviews Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11'.
The Legacy of Women Sherpa Mountaineers. Lhakpa Sherpa has scaled Mt. Everest twice, and is aiming for a third time. Pasang Lhamu, one of Nepal's 15 national heroes, died in an earlier Everest expedition. PBS Frontline.
A Rebel in the Mosque. Asra Nomani writes about her attempt to get equal accomodations for women in her mosque in West Virginia.
Stranger in a familiar land. Kamila Shamsie in Madras. The Guardian, 18 Feb 2004.
The Failing Light.
Why did a rising young poet plunge into despair, taking her own life and the life of her 2-year-old son? An article about the memorial service for Reetika Vazirani, in the Washington Post. 15 Feb 2004.
Dowry and demands: Beloo Mehra summarizes a discussion on dowry from the IndDiaspora e-group.
do you determine the sex of a writer?. Shreekumar Verma discusses
the new women authors like Abha Dawesar and Shinie Antony who do not
fit into neat categories. NewIndpress.
With contempt or love?. Shauna
Singh Baldwin discusses exoticization in diasporic Indian writing.
Montreal, 24 May 2003.
Representation, Feminist Practice: Perspective from South Asian
Anthropology Ravina Aggarwal in womencrossing.org.
Vijay: tee off, don't sound off. Roopa Unnikrishnan writes a
response to Vijay Singh's dismissal of women in golf. Rediff, May 21 2003.
Uganda: a personal viewpoint on the Expulsion, 30 years on, by
Jameela Siddiqi in Information for Social Change. Summer 2002.
An Assessment of Human
Rights Violations in India as a result of Son
Preference. V.G. Julie Rajan.
abortion in India. A lengthy analysis summarizing a mailing list
discussion on the topic, which highlights the responses to this issue
in the Indian-American community. Beloo Mehra, in Sulekha.
women continue to be abused in the US. Rediff special on domestic
violence. March 2003.
survived for ages, is the sari dying?. The demand for salwars is
far greater than for saris. Outlook, Jan 2003.
Garden of Epic Longing. Nabaneeta Dev Sen in Outlook.
Women farmers in India. Ground
Beneath her Feet. Indian Express, 1 Sep 02.
God of Literary Trends. "Wanted: South Asian beauties to pen
delicious tales of kitchen squabbles and sparkly saris, imbued with
quirky, food-based exoticism." Noy Thrupkaew writes about literature,
exoticism, and the new South Asian writers, in Alternet.
Afghan women Sonali Kolhatkar points out that activists who claim
to be speaking on behalf of Afghan women often have their own
agendas. Zmag, 9 May 02.
Hijras of Pakistan, a photo essay by Dennis Drenner in Queer.
Business. Renuka Viswanathan discusses the opportunities and
obstacles for women entrepreneurs in India. At indiatogether.org
of Matriliny. Empowerment still eludes Meghalaya's women. At
Whole She-Bang. Women film directors in India. From Outlook.
inter alia. Is it my writing that's rootless, or is it I? A letter
to some fellow-writers, by Shashi Deshpande. See also the
At home in the world photoessay, with a marvellous
picture of Githa Hariharan, Nayantara Sahgal, and Shashi Deshpande.
Dispersed Radiance: Women Scientists in
CV Raman's laboratory. By Abha Sur, in Meridians. Reproduced here
with permission. PDF file, 3.2 Mb!!.
stir wherever she goes. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, profiled in
the New York Times. Quote "nostalgic identatrianism of the
leave it to the experts?. Arundhati Roy in The Nation.
Veil. A photojournal about women in Afghanistan, with accompanying
commentary by Ruth Fremson, the photographer. Requires signing on at
at the nytimes.com website, unfortunately.
Algebra of Infinite Justice. Arundhati Roy in the Guardian, 29 Sep
01. See also counterpoint by Salil Tripathi.
a Pakistani friend not to stand up in the plane. Kamila Shamsie in
the Guardian, 27 Sep 01.
not the enemy. Reshma Memom Yaqub in the Washington Post, 13 Sep
I want to
be protected from the intolerant. Radhika Yeddanapudi in Rediff,
13 Sep 01.
Aravinda Pillalamarri is a longtime activist for AID and the
Narmada Bachao Andolan. A collection of her photographs from
the Narmada area.
Lankan author Mary Anne Mohanraj talks about her erotic writing.
was sold to a man... Pakistan's military ruler has failed to
combat the murder of women who resist forced marriage. Guardian, July
trouble with thin. Eating disorders in the South Asian diaspora,
"Only the setting is
Indian". Abha Varma responds to Kai Friese's contention that
recent Indian English books tend to exoticisation.
"Indian writers are now
with confidence", says Anita Desai in an interview.
of violence against women in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Amnesty
International Report, 2001.
Sari. Kai Friese writes about NRI writers, in Village Voice.
Sindh: an American journalist returns to Larkana. Arnold Zeitlin
writes about his experience running a seminar on journalism for
women in Sindh. From the News, 8 Feb 01.
the Sun. N. Ram interviews Arundhati Roy in Frontline, Jan 2001.
the sudden reveal. Sheela Raval and Anshul Avijit on the emerging
bisexuals in Bombay. India Today.
Gender: Trans Liberation and Our Lesbigay Movements. P. Seshadri
and L. Ramakrishnan in Trikone, July 99.
Rights Researcher for focus on Dalit issue. Smita Narula, a senior
researcher with the Human Rights Watch Organization, wants the issue
of discrimination against the Dalits to be discussed at the World
Conference Against Racism in Sep 2001.
Why on earth would an
Indian choose to write poetry in English?. An article by
Nazia Hassan's song is reborn. Remember 'Aap jaisa
koi..'? Nazia Hassan's 80s hit is reborn in a hugely popular Caribbean
chutney-soca mix, 'Real Unity'. You can even hear it online.
thos who have not sinned.... A three-part Rediff special by Shobha
Warrier on prostitution in India.
of IT, a Rediff article about the wives of the Indian IT leaders.
Frail ties unite
us. Anders Sj÷bohm writes a moving essay about being the father
of an adopted Sri Lankan boy.
clothes dispute. Another article on 'appropriation', from the
Detroit Free Press.
Going home. Surina Khan writes about going home to Pakistan when
her mother developed cancer, and how coming-out as a lesbian has
changed (and not changed) her relationship with her family. In Boston
Phoenix, Oct 99.
it me or was it my sari?. Shoba Narayan writes about wearing a
sari for a month in New York City. Newsweek, Mar 00.
Objects of Desire. Chitra Divakaruni on the changes in
marriage ads in the last 3 decades. Atlantic Monthly, Mar 2000.
clips of Mahasweta Devi. Parts of an interview with Devi about
tribal welfare, courtesy of Betsy Delmonico.
writers of diaspora create a big impact. Rediff.
the US. Shobha Narayan reflects on immigration, choices and
being a model Indian, in Rediff.com. [More
about Narayan at the SAJA site]
The Habit of Ex-nomination: Nation, Woman and the Indian Immigrant
Bourgeoisie, by Anannya Bhattacharjee. At the Women of Colour Web,
to Poland, by Nina Mehta. An essay about growing up
bicultural and biracial, at the SAJA site.
Crime or Custom?. Violence against women in Pakistan. A report
from Human Rights Watch, Aug 99.
The Dilemma of the Woman
Writer, by Shashi Deshpande. Excerpted from 'The Fiction of
Arrangements. Jaishri Abichandani thinks that adultery in the
Indian context may be reasonable. Ms magazine, April 99.
far-flung clan gathers online to put Aunt Sheila to rest. Shoba
Narayan describes an internet memorial service. New York Times, 19 Aug
Sam's Sisters. Article on three women authors of Indian origin --
Jhumpa Lahiri, Sujata Massey, Bharti Kirchner. India Today, 21 June 99.
Mukherjee on Mother Teresa, as part of Time's 100 important people
of the century.
The Greater Common Good. An article about the Narmada Dam,
in the distinctive Arundhati Roy
style. Originally in Outlook India, May 2000.
Largescale trafficking of
Is there any hope for women
in Pakistan? -- Tabinda Aufaz in Dawn.
Good Girls and Bad
Postures -- by a Pakistani woman who lives in New York City.
To Sex or Not to Sex. Junglees and
Behnjis in South Asian America. Ginu Kamani.
The End of
Imagination -- Arundhati
Roy on India's Nuclear Bomb. Outlook, Aug 98. (There used to
be a critique and counteropinion in Earth Times, Oct 98, but the link
is now dead).
interview with Mahasweta Devi, in which she talks about her
work with the tribals.
by Kamala Das, Manjula Padmanabhan, Farzana Vecsey.
What I've learned from Writing,
Shauna Singh Baldwin's keynote speech at the Great Lakes Writers
Conference, June 1998.
Practices and Social Problems in Ontario. By Abdullah Hakim Quick
women in Toronto, by Prabha Khosla in Currents.
Arundhati Roy on Shekhar Kapur's
Bandit Queen -- a pair of controversial articles that led
to a court case, after which she retired (temporarily) from
public life to write her book.
on India and World Literature, Aug 1997.
is a valid South Asian struggle? -- a report on the
annual SASA conference, by Sunu Chandy.
Women, Sex and Marriage:
as a feminine strategy. By Madhu
Kishwar in Manushi
Pakistani Women in a Changing Society
Last Will of Prof. P.C.Sen --
This scholar left an unusual will asking that his wife ignore the
behavioural customs for widows.
the World -- an interview with Bharati Mukherjee in Jouvert.
A wife's letter to her husband --
letter and followups about arranged and green-card marriages that
appeared in Dawn, the Pakistan daily, in June 1997.
The South Asian Woman's List of
Good Resolutions, by Bisakha Sen and Shauna Singh Baldwin.
Terrible Hurt, by Ginu Kamani. About Mircea Eliade's book
'Bengal Nights', and the rebuttal by Maitreyi Devi 'It Does
Not Die' -- two versions of their interactions in the early 30s
AIDS among the middle-class in
India -- an article from India Today, Feb 97.
Shobha De's new book, Surviving
Men, has just been released in Madras.
American Dreamer -- Bharati Mukherjee in Mother Jones.
by a photo of Ms. Mukherjee draped in a sari made of the American
Towards Stronger Women --
Shamita Das Dasgupta talks about domestic violence,
westernization. Femina, 15 Sep 96.
Indian writers writing in English are gaining acceptance in
as well as in their home country. But how good are they?
An article from
Indo-English writing -- an article about Shobha De from
Penny -- how much do writers like Shobha De and Vikram Seth earn?
From the Week.
Mystery. Indrani Aikath-Gyaltsen was a promising novelist
destroyed her career by plagiarising an entire book by Elizabeth
Goudge. She died in suspicious circumstances.
NRIs: Newly Returned Indians. An
article about NRIs who return to India, from India Today. (1 Dec 96)
vs. Acquired Ones -- about the process of defining and identifying
oneself as a woman or man, a Punjabi, a Hindu, a Muslim and all the
other multilayered identities. By Madhu Kishwar, from
When India "Missed" the Universe --
about beauty contests, Miranda House politics, westernized
elite in colleges, perceptions of beauty, and the mother-sister role
for women in India. By Madhu Kishwar, article from
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