The Quest of Control: Interview

MAHAVIR SINGH BISHT AND VEDIKA SINGHANIA

Surviving life becomes difficult for a transperson in a society that looks down upon an effeminate man. Mahavir Singh Bisht and Vedika Singhania speak to Pavel, a transperson from Manipur, who grew up in a conservative family and society, but accepted his queerness with the love his grandmothers showered, and fell in love with a senior student in his college in Baroda.

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Aesthetics Of A (Wo)man

DIVYA NAGAR

Aesthetics is commonly understood as the visual characteristic that appeals to the onlooker. So, conventionally, men are thought to be fond of blue while women like pink. But, can men like pink? Or women like blue, the manly ones? Divya Nagar explains if aesthetics can free itself from the conventional gender norms and whether we have taken our first step in that direction.

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Forbidden Love

SHUBHAGATA MITTAL

The world has been divided by walls and map lines- a country is considered a superpower when it possesses nuclear know-how. A man is knowledgable when he displays his wit by analysing the actions of others. Let us break this building that has been built without a foundation for it will crumble and fall as our egos cannot be mightier than love.

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Change From Within

SAHER MOTIWALA

Gender stereotypes are being broken with self-realization, the duality of gender and the gender norms are now challenged with more understanding of the individual. Padma Shri awardee Urvashi Butalia is a renowned champion of the fight for gender equality, feminism and human rights.

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A Woman in an All-Boys Club

OMISHA DHATWALIA

A typical teenage boy spends his days and nights over video games. It would be quite out of place to see a girl on the same couch with a gaming console in hand, agitating over a deadly game of Assassin’s Creed. Omisha Dhatwala from ALTR speaks to Malini Singh (name changed on request) about her experience as a game designer.

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Dancing Queer

SHROUK EL-ATTAR

Shrouk El-Attar is an electronics design engineer who was born in Egypt and has been living in the United Kingdom as a refugee since 2007. She is an activist for refugee rights in the UK, and for LGBTQ rights in her native Egypt.

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The Khadi Journey Of Pearl

AMBIKA MAGOTRA & ANITA BORA

“The women of India should have as much share in winning Swaraj as men. Probably in this peaceful struggle woman can outdistance man by many a mile.” This statement of Gandhi clearly indicates the role that the Indian women were going to play during the Freedom Movement

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Catching Up To The Queer Icons

DIVYA BERI & UJJAINI DUTTA

Indian mythology is replete with characters and deities who do not conform to the accepted gender norms of the society. They are hailed in high regard and even worshipped as God. However, in real life, members of the LGBTQ community have a tough time, except for the ramp where queer fashion is going from strength to strength. Divya Beri highlights the Indian queer icons overshadowed by those from abroad.

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