Author: Payal Talreja

Sexism and Literature

Reading Time: 4 minutesPayal relooks at classics and popular comics to find how sexist in content these are, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Recently, I decided to recycle through all the old books that I loved as a girl. I was in for a big shock. It wasn’t that plots weren’t exciting, or the writing […]

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The Importance of Being Married: Karva Chauth and Attendant Hoopla

Reading Time: 5 minutesPayal takes a hard look at Karva Chauth fasting. She brilliantly critiques the tradition, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Yesterday was the popular day of fasting and prayer for the husband, celebrated all over Northern India, especially Punjab, called Karva Chauth. Millions of married Indian women would have got up at break of […]

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Simran and Other Bollywood Babes: Coming of age

Reading Time: 5 minutesEven though a slim minority, we are ready to own up to our hidden reality, rather than be the ‘good’ daughter/sister/wife that lives her lives for others rather than her own self, however fragile, flawed and mistaken it may be. It’s time to let us make our own mistakes, and let us pull ourselves out of […]

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Reclaiming Pink: The Story of Sampat Pal and her Gulabi Gang

Reading Time: 4 minutesPayel profiles Sampat Pal Devi and the lathi wielding Gulabi Gang that stood up against violence and other wrongs perpetrated by husbands, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Twelve-year-old Sampat Pal Devi was married off to a much older man in Banda district of UP.  Too young to protest, she succumbed to the […]

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Why should Criminalisation of Marital Rape Destabilise Marriage?

Reading Time: 5 minutesPayal takes a hard look at the issue of marital rape, its criminalisation and the argument that it would destabilise the institution of marriage. India should learn from other nations, she reasons, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Chief Justice Sir Matthew Hale in The History of the Pleas of the Crown stated […]

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Hokey Godmen and the Mask of Celibacy

Reading Time: 5 minutesSelf-styled guru and father-figure Huzoor Maharaj Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh ji, is the latest Godman, who simply put could not control his urges and felt that his status in the Dera Sacha Sauda gave him rape rights. Now, he has been convicted of rape and sent to jail for 20 years rigorous imprisonment, amidst courtroom […]

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The Perpetrator Beta vs. the Victim Beti: Tales from a Chauvinistic Society

Reading Time: 5 minutesVarnika Kundu, daughter of an IAS officer, was terrorised and almost kidnapped, in Chandigarh, by Vikas Barala, son of BJP Haryana chief. Our New Delhi-based columnist, Payal says that nobody has a right to shame a woman because she drinks, or drives out late at night, is independent, or does not have a protector. As […]

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Women and the Art of Saying No

Reading Time: 4 minutesWomen do not know how to say, ‘No’. They get into trouble for hesitating and not speaking their minds, clearly.  Here’s a bold and gutsy reaction to this problem by Payal, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. I’ve always maintained that anything men can do, women can do too, whether it be boxing […]

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Sex and the Indian Woman: More than Lipstick under our Burqas

Reading Time: 5 minutesGender roles are defined and given in a patriarchal society. The ‘good’ versus the ‘bad’ girl/woman mindset in the backdrop of the film Lipstick under my Burqa and marital rape. Payal takes a hard look and rips apart these assigned roles, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.  This is a coming of age […]

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Boys will (Not) be Boys: Towards a more Human Society

Reading Time: 5 minutesWe talk all the time about what we would teach our daughters, but we equally need to engage in reorienting that which is taught to our sons, not just for the future of the world, but so that they themselves can grow to their full potential as human beings. Payal takes a hard look at […]

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