Feminism India

2017 - Are We Really In The 21st Century?

“But she didn't respect her religion. People are angry she wore a dress and showed more flesh than what is accepted in her society" Mohammed Shami's wife was put under the spotlight on social media last week and for me to even attempt to explain what happened and why, I might just take off into space with the fire and anger that is bubbling inside me right now. So instead of sending myself off to space, I'm just going to leave this right here: This is the perfect time for me to just remind us all why Desi Outsiders was born and why this project holds... read more »

"Gurl, get yo ass up and work!"

Last week was a bit of a rollercoaster ride for both Ankita and I, the stress of producing content and releasing it on time is one which both of us really underestimated. Not to forget, that we also like to pretend we have a life outside the podcast. I have a very intimate relationship with my basketball shoes and Ankita, well, just watch her Instagram stories. Our souls are immersed in what we do and that's because we treat it like a delicate, year old child. Or in Ankita's case, a delicate, year old puppy. Watching an episode on Netflix makes me feel like I'm the... read more »

I Am A Younger Indian Daughter And This Is My Story

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen" - Winston Churchill This was the mantra that played in my head on loop any time there was a disagreement in my family regarding my actions or behaviour. So I listened and 'respected' my elders and perhaps even manipulated my own mind into thinking there was nothing wrong. So much so, that it wasn't a courageous act, it was cowardice. "Meenal, you've never come out for dinner with us, is it because you don't like hanging out with us?" "Meenal, what do you even do... read more »

You Are Your Biggest Investment

"I snapped the head off the barbie doll and used it as a tennis ball" - this was my explanation to Ankita on episode 4 as I tried to portray the extent to which I'm just not interested in the usual 'girly girl' ideology. My years in university have confirmed that I just cannot handle too much estrogen around me for long periods of time, here's why: "I feel so lonely, I wish I had a boyfriend who would take me out to a fancy dinner" "Czech Republic is so lonely at times, you need someone to spend time with, it's very difficult to survive here... read more »

Finding Purpose - Meet Our Extended Family in Kenya

How many Superwoman vlogs have you watched where you can tell she's got bigger circles under her eyes than your own friendship circle and yet she still says "gotta keep hustling". All this is somewhat inspiring, it gives you a rush which lasts for around a minute or so. Within that minute, your mind re plans your whole life and your daily routine and you create a pseudo version of yourself being productive, finding your passions and tackling them head on. A minute later, you say "Ok, I'll start working on it right after this cat video". Two weeks later, you watch another Superwoman vlog, she... read more »