Nestled in my grandmother’s housing complex (usually called “the colony”), smack-dab in the center of town, was a tree. It wasn’t the typical banyan or coconut tree that one would expect in the warm climate. It was a Douglas Fir. It had been unusually hot and muggy this December, but the tree was ready for Christmas, dressed in tinsel, ornaments, more than 7,000 dancing lights, and a giant star.
TRAPPED BETWEEN CULTURAL TOLERANCE AND FEMINISM – featured on Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls
My mother had once mentioned to me an old tradition in South Indian villages where women were supposed to refrain from housework during their period. Apparently, the practice had started during ancient times, when women performed labor-intensive tasks. They were expected to fetch water from the well, cook meals for large, extended families and perform a battery of household chores that required a great deal of physical exertion. So, when their “chums” time came, this blanket ban on work was supposed to give them a few days’ rest. I figured this was literally ancient news, though. There was Midol now! And heating pads!
THE PIPELINE PROBLEM: WHERE DO THE WOMEN GO? – featured on Upworthy
THE TIMES OF INDIA
IN HIGH SPIRITS – 19102013_TNMYLP_MP_02_1_COL_R1.qxd
Mylapore locals are mobilising to close down TASMAC “wine shops”. Their efforts might be futile…
DIVERSE DIWALI – 01112013_TOICH_SPB_02_1_COL_R1.qxd
Despite the presence of wildly disparate communities in the city, people come together during the festive season to celebrate
CHENNAI ON WHEELS – 01112013_TNVL_MP_03_1_COL_R1.qxd
Fifteen-year-old Tejeshwar Ashok is on a roll. He was first, and youngest, inline speed skater to be chosen to participate in India’s world championship team. The sky is the limit for this ambitious teen.