Yes, I Am A Woman!

By Sambidha Sen Thakuri

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Okay, I have to admit, I was raised like a boy. I bought track suits instead of frocks and sneakers instead of sandals. As I was growing up, my friends frequently told me that I was tomboyish. I didn’t know what it meant then. What girl would want to befriend someone with whom they could not enjoy talking about their new dresses or someone who wouldn’t compliment them about the color of their nail polish? It was not that I wasn’t interested, but I had some other interests. This included only a few people in my friends circle.

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By Richa P


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Have you guys been keeping up with everything that is going on with Nepal finally drafting the constitution? The main issue for us women is the citizenship through mothers portion.  What are your thoughts?

Here is a breakdown of FAQs done by the Chaukath Feminist Blog. It is a very helpful read pertaining to citizenship.

I recently read this piece originally published in Nepali Times. It has different views about what the government should do about citizenship.

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No More Apologies

By Richa P

Are you a woman like me who always apologizes for things? Even when you didn’t cause anyone else discomfort  or do anything wrong? I find myself saying “sorry” throughout the day. I say sorry at work, I say sorry while I wait for the bus, I especially say sorry when I am in a crowded place like the grocery store. For as far as I can remember, there hasn’t been a day where I don’t say sorry to someone.

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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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The Impact of Inaction

By Richa P


  I recently went to a protest demanding justice for Michael Brown, the unarmed African American teenager who was killed by a police officer this August. The police officer who killed him got no punishment, rather, the police officer said he had a clear conscience for what he had done. No matter what your take is on this matter, no matter the politics involved, we can’t deny a life was taken unnecessarily. At this protest, there were a few hundred people, we marched on the streets of San Francisco, people watched on from the sidewalks, cars honked as we walked past them. This piece isn’t going to be about the case but rather the act of not acting when we know something isn’t right. Many people choose not speak up when something is wrong,  they want to stay insulated in their comfortable bubbles. Continue reading “The Impact of Inaction”