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 are the biggest ironies in the world?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: This one’s my favorite… Although cooking is traditionally considered to be a woman’s ‘department’ in most households (especially Indian ones), almost all of the world’s greatest cooks are men – Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Wolfgang Puck, etc. Yes, there are famous women chefs too, but the men are clearly way…

Can women live without a man?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: It’s difficult…very difficult. I don’t think I can live without a man at all. In fact, I need more than a man…I need lots of men in my life! If not for men, who’d go out there to the wild seas and bring in fresh fish. Or who’d man the…

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…

A Sainik and a Maharaja

All over the later part of last week, Indian TV channels were agog with incessant reporting about how a politician assaulted an Air India official and how they had taken it upon themselves to see to it that the ‘goon’ is sent behind bars. There were TV channels calling people to file an online petition…

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…