• Gender Parity,  Popcorn Zone

    Devadasi- Married to the lord

    “Rayaru bandaru Maavana manege Ratri Aagithu, Hunnime haraside banina naduve chandira bandittu” -(When the groom reached his father-in-laws house it was late at night. In the moonlit night, the moon rode high) We sat on the straw mat listening to this old Kannada melody. The light of the full moon enveloped the entire sky, and I could see its radiance…

  • Gender Parity,  Popcorn Zone

    The True Meaning of Empowerment

    I met Krishnaveni at a construction site in Sulur, a sleepy yet vibrant town in Coimbatore. It was a hot afternoon, with a warm breeze swaying through the trees. In a small place such as this, I learnt the true meaning of women empowerment. Krishnaveni was married off at a tender age of 16 to James Raj. Her alcoholic father…