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Belonging, the old way

I visited the “other” Aurangabad today. No high-rises, no closed doors, no pretensions. In this older Aurangabad, single storey row houses stood erect on the banks of narrow lanes that cut through the neighborhood. No cars could pass through, only … Continue reading

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Old world socials

Dusk falls. Children play in the dusty roads, chasing cricket balls. In the near distance, women, in pairs and trios, stroll towards us, snatches of their chatter and laughter reaching us through the air. I turn to smile at my … Continue reading

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The Feminine Mystique and Indian women

I’ve just finished reading The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan. I know, I’m a bit late to discovering this powerhouse of a book, and it’s a big miss on my part. It was published sometime in the 1960s, I think, … Continue reading

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Are you bored yet?

“Are you bored yet?” Family and family friends peer curiously into my face as they ask me this, searching for affirmation. They wonder, how can a city-bred like me be happy in a place like Aurangabad? It has been a … Continue reading

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Breaking boundaries by covering up?

Young women, in their early 20’s, zip around Aurangabad on their scooties, cousins of the Vespa. They’re everywhere, en route to meet friends, reach college or the office, or do errands for the family. Sometimes, there’s someone sitting behind them … Continue reading

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Walmart in Aurangabad

Walmart has arrived in Aurangabad. It’s called EasyDay here, because of the foreign investment laws in India that require Walmart to partner with a local player. I guess having a new identity is also part of the deal. I’m not … Continue reading

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