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…

What do you wish was socially acceptable?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Solitude This is something I have had lengthy discussions with my friends about. I have always had people telling me how human beings are social animals, how we are all a part of society, and how society functions as a unit by always being there for each other, and blah…

What is the creepiest thing that society accepts as a cultural norm?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: As we all know, India is a land where arranged marriages are still commonplace. And India is also a land where friendships between people of opposite sexes are still heavily scrutinised (by the ‘kindly’ aunties in the family) and subtly discouraged. Choosing your own life partner has become tolerable to…

What are the higher castes in Tamil Nadu and Kerala?

Which castes are seen as higher castes and which are the lowest ones in Tamil Nadu and Kerala? Is he same rule applied in Karnataka and Andhra as well? Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I am not too sure about the caste break-up in other states. But I do know a bit about how it…

How do we stop racism and casteism in India?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Short Answer : We can’t. Long Answer : Racism Discriminatory practices like racism are an ugly truth that exists in society. There is little we could do to ‘stop it’ other than trying to make people aware that at the end of the day, we all belong to the same…

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…