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Festivities for the deity

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Last week, Hindus in India celebrated Durga Puja, a festival where devotees offer their prayers to the Indian goddess. Our blogger, Debarati Mukherjee, sent us some pictures from her city, Kolkata.

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31.10.2012 | 16:20

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A promising future, conditions apply

The first time I met her, I noticed her branded handbag, her golden wrist watch, her light pink wrinkle-free coat and a black chiffon scarf carefully wrapped around her head. I wondered if that was what she was all about. In my next talk with her, I realised there was more to her than her impressive carriage and subtle, yet strong arguments.

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31.10.2012 | 16:07

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Housewife or hotshot?

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Bollywood actresses may be super sucessful, but once they're married, film producers, directors and even the audience seem to lose interest in these leading ladies.

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31.10.2012 | 15:28

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‘I can’t hold a gun in my hand and shoot’

Most of the women in Indian administered Kashmir never think of choosing theatre as a career option. Even if they want to be a part of theatre, the conservative set-up forces them to opt for a more “decent” career choice. In a place where no woman has ever dared to work for theatre, Ifra Kak took the first step. Born and brought up in Jammu, Ifra is the daughter of Mushtaq Kak, a well known theatre actor and director.

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31.10.2012 | 14:21

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Celebrity status saved Savile

There are reports of Jimmy Savile’s involvement in child abuse cases on almost every news site in the UK. Jimmy Savile, a famous TV personality, passed away last year. He is accused of sexually abusing nearly 200 girls and one boy. Most of the cases date back to the 1960s and the 1970s and complaints are pouring in nearly one year after he died.

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31.10.2012 | 13:22

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A veiled strategy

 

Western societies are often criticized for stereotyping Islamic culture, especially the Muslim women, who are often judged by the media based on their dress code. But where do these stereotypes come from? Perhaps Muslim societies themselves are responsible for strengthening these stereotypes. 

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25.10.2012 | 16:37

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‘Let me be myself’

 

I was once talking to an Afghan man about living in Europe and America, about the advantages and disadvantages. Very unexpectedly, he said something which surprised me. He said, “I would never choose to live in a foreign country together with my wife because I’d lose all control over her.”

Marina Zaffari talks about her search for her identity as a woman and a wife in Afghanistan.

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25.10.2012 | 15:42

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