Author: Nikita Goel

Hinduism Never Considered Homosexuality a Disease or a Crime

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe lines dividing male and female, heterosexual and homosexual were blurred in ancient India. These tales have been passed on from one generation to another with pride. Perhaps they have roots in Indian heritage, which accepted all kinds of people without any judgment. Our history preaches that there is nothing unnatural in nature, analyses Nikita, […]

What Would Happen if Suddenly, Magically, Men Menstruate and Women Could Not?

Reading Time: 4 minutesMale-female role reversals have intrigued most of us. In a 1978 satire for Ms. Magazine, feminist pioneer Gloria Steinem answered the question that so many women have asked: “What would happen, for instance, if suddenly, magically, men could menstruate and women could not?” Nikita dwells on this interesting subject, in the regular column, exclusively in Different Truths. “What is […]

The Pros and Cons of Raising a Child in India

Reading Time: 5 minutesNikita talks about the pros and cons of raising a child in India vis-à-vis the US (and other western countries). Read more in the regular column, exclusively in Different Truths. Our world comprises of cultures, values, belief systems, and ideologies of over seven billion people. We can all learn something from each other. I have […]

Celebrity Marriages are ending: Is the Media Evil?

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhy are we becoming a society of stalkers? Why is the media feeding us personal stories of celebrities? It is a question we all need to ask ourselves. We are all guilty of relishing in the negative news about celebrities. Nikita takes a hard look at the media, rather a section of it that aggravates […]

Gori Bahu: An Indian Obsession for Fair-skinned Brides

Reading Time: 3 minutesFair skinned brides are an archetype of the Indian society. Everyone wants a Gori Bahu (fair daughter-in-law). From trophy wives to the beauty industry, fairness creams and soaps dominate with a large market share. Nikita analyses why this obsession with light coloured skin in our country, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. India […]

Being a Single Mother is very Romantic, not Easy: Sushmita Sen, Miss Universe 1994

Reading Time: 3 minutesBold and beautiful, Sushmita Sen, is a woman of grit and determination. She went against the established social norms and decided to be a single mother. There were challenges and long court battles. She, with her spunk, emerged victorious, to be a pioneer of women’s rights. Nikita profiles the model-actor, in the weekly column, exclusively […]

Women in Bollywood: A Journey from Sati Savitri to Mary Kom

Reading Time: 4 minutesFilms are an integral part of Indian societies. They have constantly shaped the beliefs and mindsets of Indian people for over a hundred years now. A few decades ago, women were limited to sari-clad damsels, who were perfect homemakers and exceptional mothers. However, the women’s role in Bollywood movies has drastically transformed in the last […]

How to Build Tolerance towards Behaviour of Other People?

Reading Time: 3 minutesIf some people do not treat others properly, they need love and help. We do not know anything about their pasts, their burdens and baggage. Nikita tells us how to be more tolerant towards people who are judgmental, rude or unkind towards us, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. “If we could look […]

Are Marriage Jokes all about Wife-Bashing?

Reading Time: 4 minutesIs marriage a bad joke in the patriarchal society? Nikita wonders why all marriage related jokes are about wife-bashing and why is it so deeply sexist. Here’s the narrative on this subject, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. We often come across the messages where wives are insulted and ridiculed in the name […]

What Women should Stop Wearing after 30: Does Expectations and Judgments of Others Matter?

Reading Time: 3 minutesHow long should women continue to live under the weight of the expectations and judgments of others? Is it necessary to behave in the manner the society expects women to behave in? It is high time women stop being straight jacketed. Here’s what Nikita has to say, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. […]