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A Brown Woman’s Version of Kipling’s If…

By Rhijuta Dahal/@RizDh 

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This piece is inspired by British writer Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem If (1910). He is also the author of The Jungle Book.  Continue reading “A Brown Woman’s Version of Kipling’s If…”

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Diaries of a British-Nepalese Bride: One Year

By Bandana Upadhya

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My husband and I celebrated our one year anniversary recently. It was a celebration of not only love and commitment, but also endurance and perseverance. Yes I know it was only a year! But even a year of staying married is a big deal these days; we are living at a time where if you master the art of flicking your thumb to the right, you will be sorted! My apology for offending those who enjoy the right-flicking scene and have miraculously found true love through it. Of course at the other extreme there are marriages that face unavoidable tragedies and circumstances which are hard to resolve, so no offence there either (by the way, here is a glimpse at my incessant and annoying need to apologise for having an opinion). Continue reading “Diaries of a British-Nepalese Bride: One Year”

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The Battles We Fight

By Richa Pokhrel/@richapokhrel

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I have written a piece before about how we should have more courage to stand up to the atrocities we see in our societies, but lately I have been thinking about battles within our families and  communities. Recently when I was at a relatives’ house, their youngest daughter told me a story about her interaction with another male family member. In that story, she said that one of her uncles had asked her to get her something from the kitchen, she said no and told him that he should get it himself. He was an abled bodied man who could get whatever he desired. I was proud of her because she stood her ground. However, it made reflect on conforming and confronting in our families. Continue reading “The Battles We Fight”

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Diaries of a British-Nepalese Bride: Namesake

By Bandana Upadhya

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Marriage has uncovered – with full force – personal vulnerabilities that I had not anticipated. At each step I have been overwhelmed with an intense need to question and subsequently reorganise my sense of personal identity. At the very core of this struggle has been the question of whether or not to adopt my husband’s surname. Continue reading “Diaries of a British-Nepalese Bride: Namesake”

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How To Lose Your Period Myths

By Rhijuta D

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About bloody time!

I was recently reading an article about menstruation and its practices in Nepal. I couldn’t help, but conduct more research on this topic. The internet is a great source to learn about and challenge popular myths. With menstrupedia taking off in India educating rural girls and women all about the monthly cycle, and Genderlog on Twitter questioning the myths during periods, and with Kiran Gandhi running without a tampon during London Marathon, everyone is trying to break the taboo and menstruation has never gained so much attention (aside from the blue liquid we get on sanitary pads adverts).
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The Kindness of Strangers

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“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” Dalai Lama

Over New Year’s day, Chris, Kalu, and I were stranded in rural Texas for two days. There was an ice storm and the highways were closed, the highway patrol wasn’t letting people through. We were on our way back home to California from our cross country trip to South Carolina. At that time, we had already driven three days.  The night we arrived in this tiny town, we ended up sleeping in our car because the community center was packed. Luckily for us, Chris had packed sleeping bags and blankets. The next night, we stayed in the community center with a hundred other people. People of all ages were sleeping on the floor, talking in small groups, petting the various animals, and eating snacks. This tiny town only had around 500 people, the closest city was over 2 hours away, the nearest grocery store was more than 30 minutes away. However, members of the town rallied and really helped out all of the travelers. They opened the doors and made us feel welcome. They cooked us meals, gave us their blankets, used their own supplies to help us feel more comfortable. Continue reading “The Kindness of Strangers”

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My Nepali Wedding

By Kanchan G

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I recently married my long time boyfriend. We personally chose to do it courthouse style since we both fall under the category of “non religious people”. However, when my family decided to have a traditional Nepali ceremony, I wasn’t too thrilled. I expected it to be over the top, relatives and family friends I had neither met nor had little or no contact with to be there, and for me to partake in traditions I did not care for or relate to. I had always found weddings to be a bit over the top and just a way for people to show off lavish trends. All the stress and planning that is related to weddings isn’t all that alluring either. On top off all that we had decided to have the wedding during Dashain and only had two months to organize it.  During these two months me and my family fussed and planned on different details of the wedding. We found a local Hindu temple to hold the wedding ceremony, looked for multiple venues to host the reception, while doing all this from across the country of the wedding location. Most of the planning was done by my aunt and grandmother, which I was very thankful for, seeing how I did not have half the stress most brides do.

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