On how to be a woman

About the piece: For the most part it is about how some people are morally compelled to think that your business is their business.

“If you are a woman in Southasia, chances are that you’ve been told how to be one. If you don’t have well-meaning relatives to tell you how, the media does the job instead. Recently, on a flight from Varanasi to Mumbai, I found myself being coached on the subject by an elderly lady. The topic, under discussion, slightly modified, was how to be a ‘married’ woman.

On How to be a Woman published in Himal Southasian.

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