How common are mistresses in India?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: :: Politically incorrect answer ahead. Proceed with caution :: Though I don’t claim to be an expert in this, I must opine that the mistress-culture is an open-secret in India, and has been so since ages. India is a land where marriages form the very fulcrum of society. Individuals are…

Who are the best aunties of Bollywood?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: There could be two ways of answering this question… Best actresses who have done the role of aunties in Bollywood movies Real life aunts who dote over their actor/actress sibling’s kids, or vice versa There are plenty of examples from both categories. Some of my favorite actresses who have already…

What are some ideas for Indian food items suitable for travel?

What are some make-ahead vegetarian Indian food items, which would stay good without fridge and can be eaten without re-heating. The items I can think of are: Parathas – can be stored up to 2 days Veg pulao – up to a day. Any other ideas please ? Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: When my…

Is there an ancient culture in which women were not treated as property?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Among the others mentioned on other answers is the one I belong to. I belong to the Hindu Nair community of Kerala, India. We follow a matrilineal system of inheritance. Although much has changed now regarding the inheritance of property, the social aspects still remain the same. The bloodline moves…

Why are flowers used to worship Hindu deities?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Thank you for the A2A. I’ll share what I was told when I was little. Maybe it was an elder’s explanation to an inquisitive child. Anyway… I was told that flowers are one of God’s most beautiful creations. They are not just beautiful, but they are pure and without a…

What do women think about polyandry?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Thank you for the A2A. Ah! Polyandry!! Whenever I hear this word, all I can think of is “How on earth do they manage?” I mean, the relationship women have with men is totally different from what men have with women, as we all know. As the age-old saying goes……