Identity Politics

“I am a South Asian woman who writes about experiences of immigration and womanhood from and in South Asia” I am liminal. I am limited. I am defined by geography and colour and a history that follows me with a shame I must constantly erase. I must identify. I must delineate. I must be loud…

Delhi (1): The Myth of Public Space

Access to public space is a problem one is forced to confront living in Delhi. It is self-evident that women must hide themselves, cloistered in groups, evading the gaze of the many men that revel in judgement and lechery as a woman passes by. I don’t like going outside here. It makes me uncomfortable. The…

Body (2)

Should we cover up? It is an unwinnable fight. The familiar look of discomfort, the lingering tension that persists every time we leave the house wearing anything that leaves hints of skin exposed. The hushed Chinese whisper that invariably turns into a large scale blowout when we refuse to conform. The constant bone of contention…