Break the Taboo, Ask What Can We Do: HIV Awareness in India

2.1 million people in India are living with HIV, making up 0.22% of our population and the third largest HIV epidemic globally. In 1986 when AIDS was first detected in India, Tamil Nadu, measures were taken to ensure detection, prevention and awareness regarding HIV and AIDS in India. From 2001 to 2017, India has managed… Read More

Meet Bossypants: Tina Fey is the Feminist Icon We Need

Who is Tina Fey? There are a few people who haven’t heard the name, but for the millennials who have grown up without the wisdom of Liz Lemon, here is a short introduction. Tina Fey is a 49-year-old writer, comedian, producer and actor who still remains very relevant in the entertainment industry despite the blatant… Read More

A Letter to my Unborn Child: My Hopes for the Future Generation of India

by Deepshikha for Twisted Tiara To my Unborn Child, I’m not sure how to begin this letter; there is so much I want to say to you. The world is an interesting place, but it can also be dark and full of terrors. I want to protect you, but I also want to give you… Read More

Fierce Women Who Stood up to Terrorism in the 21st Century

28 years ago, on 21 May 1991, India was rocked to silence. Our Prime Minister, beloved at the time, Shri Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in a public terrorist suicide bombing by the LTTE. Since then, India has been commemorating 21 May as National Anti-Terrorism Day. With regions of India, including Kashmir, North-east and east-central areas,… Read More

This will only Hurt a Little: Overcoming Lies about Pregnancy and Motherhood.

By Ranjani Aravind for Twisted Tiara If we are to believe every book ever written on pregnancy and child rearing, including the brochures on family planning at your doctor’s clinic and your basic instamoms, the day your child is born is supposed to be magical. It’s supposed to be filled with rainbows, unicorns, skittles and… Read More

Women: Is Technology our Saviour?

When the first computer was built, neither Ada Lovelace nor Charles Babbage would not have imagined it to evolve into smartphones and the endless range of gadgets we have today. The scientists of yesteryear couldn’t have imagined what technology would look like today, nor what it would be used for. Snapchat probably wouldn’t even have… Read More

Intersectional Champion of the Month: Rabindranath Tagore

Remembered as the composer of our National Anthem, Rabindranath Tagore was a philosopher, a poet, author, musician, painter and an activist for social change in colonial India. The first Asian to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for ‘Gitanjali’, he spread the Indian ideology globally through his works and music. For generations, historians and… Read More

Eating Disorders: India Needs to Pay Attention

Western countries, with their strong associations between slimness and beauty, have a significantly higher rate of widespread eating disorders in their population. Statistically speaking, the proportion of India’s population suffering from eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating is a lot lesser than that in western countries, but that doesn’t mean that the… Read More

The Women of Star Wars: May The Force be With Them

Star Wars has been a cultural icon that has carried over from the last century. When it first came out, it blew minds with its immersive visuals and its story line full of hope, bravery and sacrifice, and the new movies have just concretized its fan following. Now that we’ve introduced the franchise, we’re delving… Read More

Purdeh Mein Rehne Do: A Ban on Burqa in India?

The latest uproar in the political sphere is ‘banning the Burqa’. Shiv Sena demands the government to act quickly and ban the Burqa in India as they have done so in Sri Lanka, saying ‘after Ravana’s Lanka, let’s ban Burqa in Ram’s Ayodhaya’. Hopefully when he gains his composure, he realizes that in global politics, decisions are… Read More