Why should we empower woman if she is going to be even more exploited?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I guess this depends to a large extent on what the term ‘women empowerment’ means to different people. Apparently, it means different things to different people. For some people, this is what women empowerment means… Or this… Or even these… Very empowered women all of them. But to me, this…

What does the word “overdressed” mean to you?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: While pondering over this question, I realised that the word ‘overdressed’ can actually mean different things to different people. I am a person who always tries to dress according to the occasion. So, to me, being overdressed would mean wearing loud or garish dresses and makeup to places where you’re…

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…

Who are some great Indian women that most people have not heard of?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Dr. Lalitha Regi Dr. Lalitha Regi (nee Varma) was born into the royal family of Cochin in Tripunithura, Kerala. All hell broke loose in her uber conservative family when she decided to get married to the love of her life Dr. Regi M. George whom she met while studying at…

Why are Indian women not considered attractive in the US media?

I see Hispanic/Asian/White/Black women portrayed as attractive in the US media. However, I rarely see Indian women fetishized in the media. And I never see Indian women with non Indian guys. Why is that? And I never see non Indians go to India to find a wife, unlike in Japan or Colombia. Why not? Answer…