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

Stress Awareness Month: Paradox of Pressure in a Patriarchy – A Male Perspective

By Yash Kapadia for Twisted Tiara The idea that men could have it tough in a patriarchal society, seems counterintuitive. However, it doesn’t take movies like 3 Idiots, Peepli live and Udaan to remind us of the many forms of social pressures and stresses that most Indian men are subjected to. Barring the fabled hermits… Read More

7 Myths v/s Facts about Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a difficult time in a woman’s life; your body changes drastically, and starts to function completely differently. With so much going on, everyone’s going to claim to be an expert on the pregnant life but it is good to be a little wary. You may be experiencing the miracle of life, but… Read More

Contraception – Whose Responsibility Is It?

In an ideal world, both partners would be responsible for contraception, but this world is far from ideal. In heterosexual relationships, women often assume the responsibility for contraception because frankly, they have more at stake. According to the National Health Family Survey, only 53.5% of married couples use any type of contraception at all! It’s… Read More