An open letter to Amitabh Bachchan
It has been a while since I blogged and Boy!, does it feel good to be back.
These are some articles I wrote for a newspaper called Vijay Times in Bangalore.I worked for them as a reporter, and an art reporter,during my college years.
I hope that you enjoy them. Some of these articles were written because Bhavya Thimmiah, my editor at the paper gave me the lead, and I respect and acknowledge her.
And about the name, that was me then, misspelt and a bit warped.
published in Chay magazine, January 2009.
“Whenever, in the history of the world, in times of darkness, a woman stands up against patriarchy, speaks about emancipation, tries to break free from her chains, she gets called a
‘fallen woman’. Many years ago, in the preface to my book, A Fallen Woman’s Fallen Prose‚ I
wrote about how I delighted in calling myself a ‘fallen woman’. It was because I knew that whenever
a woman has protested against oppression by the state, by religion, or by society, whenever
she has become aware of all her rights, society has called her a whore. I believe that in
this world, for a woman to be pure, to be true to herself, she has to become a ‘fallen woman’.
Only when a woman is called a ‘whore’ can she know that she is free from the coils of society’s
diktats. The ‘fallen’ woman is really a pure and pristine human being. I truly believe that
if a woman wants to earn her freedom, be a human, she has to earn this label. This title, coming
from a fallen, degenerate society, should be seen as an honour by every woman. Till now,
of all the prizes I have received, I consider this honour to be the greatest recognition of what
I have done with my life. I have earned it because I have given a mortal blow to the decaying,
rotten body of patriarchy. This is the true measure of the worth of my life as a writer, of my
life as a woman and the long years of my struggle to be the person I am.”
–Taslima Nasreen, in an autobiographical piece called ‘Homeless Everywhere: Writing in Exile’ *.
Raand is a blog created in order to record some of my observations and ideas about practices of sex-work.
The work shown here will also be presented in other forms such as performances, installation, film or a publication depending upon the course that it takes.
The perspectives on this blog come from a feminist’s view about the body, sex and sex-work.
I’m a writer and artist, and deeply interested in examining and stretching the issues of morality that inhibit as well as define women’s existences.
To know more about me visit my blog, Kauntext .
*-’ Homeless Everywhere: Writing in Exile‘ ,Contesting Censorship, Sarai Reader 2004: Crisis/Media, also part of ‘Fearless Speech’, a compilation of censored texts, music, articles, prose, video and poetry put together by the Alternative Law Forum.