Toxic Femininity: You Give Feminism a Bad Name

At the end of 2018, Oxford Dictionary declared the word ‘toxic’ as the Word of the Year, and rightly so. Originally meant to describe physically poisonous, the word has also started being associated with relationships and masculinity. Toxic masculinity has been a hot topic of conversation recently; it refers to stereotypically male traits endorsed by… Read More

The Population Problem and Inter-Relatedness of Things

With the world population set to hit 10 million by 2030, Indian population is estimated to rise to 1.8 billion in the same period. We must take stock of our treatment of the planet, for the sake of future survival. Let’s try to understand the population problem and how it intersects with all aspects of our lives. Read More

Changing times: A Father’s Role in the Modern Family

By Deepshikha for Twisted Tiara I’ve been married for a couple of years now, and I can still say with absolute certainty that my father was integral to my upbringing, and is still vital for my survival. Father’s Day got me thinking about what role a father plays in a child’s life; after all, it… Read More

Operation Flood: Women and the White Revolution in India

The White Revolution, changed the course of dairy industry in India and helped bring opportunities to the marginal farmers, especially women in rural parts of India. The Anand Milk Union Limited, more dearly known as AMUL was the first of its kind milk co-operative that set the milk pails rolling. The shift of focus from… Read More

Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know About It

Instances of ‘Cancer’, the scary illness, are on the rise across the globe. Even so there are some types of cancer that are more treatable than others, when caught in time. One such is breast cancer, which represents the most common type of cancer in  women all over the world, including Indian women. Research depicts that… Read More

Menstrual Hygiene is Important. Period.

Riddle us this: What is frequent, inevitable, completely natural and affects over half the world population and yet frowned upon and completely ignored by society? Menstruation. And all related issues and connotations. The M word, (for menstruation or mahavari in Hindi) has long been stigmatised in our vocabulary and society. It is not a topic considered… Read More

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

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

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

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