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Sreemoyee Piu Kundu

Sreemoyee Piu Kundu

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The writer is an ex-lifestyle editor and PR vice president, and now a full-time novelist. She's the author of Faraway Music, the best-selling female erotica, Sita's Curse, You've Got The Wrong Girl! and Cut. Last year, she wrote the internationally acclaimed work of non-fiction on single women in India, Status Single. A leading columnist on sexuality and gender, Sreemoyee is also the recipient of NDTV L'oreal Women of Worth Award in the 'Literature' category.

By Sreemoyee Piu Kundu

License to Wed: Is 'gori ladki' from Kashmir a takeaway from the abrogation of Article 370?

Is marriage, as BJP MLA Vikram Saini implies, a political tool? One that could now be used by non-Kashmiri men wanting to marry 'fair-skinned Kashmiri girls'?

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Women’s bodies and moral policing: Hypocritical Indian society has no right to dictate norms to us

Crimes against women in India are spiking. Yet, instead of controlling men, society casts a severe eye on what the woman was wearing and who she was with. It's time we stopped listening.

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When victimhood is a warm place: Indian women accept toxic masculinity because it keeps us safe

Shahid Kapoor-starrer 'Kabir Singh' highlights toxic masculinity. It is a big hit. It was liked not just by men, but by women too, many of whom are comfortable with the Kabir Singhs in real life.

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Women Like Games Too: Be it the cricket World Cup or a soccer match, why are women always stereotyped?

Why do advertisers assume that only men can enjoy sports and that women abhor the idea of their partners prioritizing the World Cup over them?

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Bengal of Bombs and Fire: It is heartbreaking to see the soul of my Sonar Bangla bleed amidst the violence

The state of Bengal is on edge with different political factions violently targeting each other and civilians becoming cannon fodder. Even Imran Khan's Tagore gaffe didn't make Bengalis laugh.

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'Bengal only for Bengalis': Who is Mamata Banerjee kidding? That Bengal is long gone

The CM is acting as the political, moral and cultural ambassador of a ghost community that has been forced out of its crumbling state long ago. The Bengalis who are everywhere but in Bengal.

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Are single women really happier?

Marriage may seem outdated but is the idea of love and romance too?

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Why being a woman in Kolkata scares me today: Caught between sexist slurs, syndicates and Jai Shri Ram

Why I am filled with dread in Bengal today. By a broken statue. A riot in the street. Packs of local criminals turned netajis. Will my freedom as a woman in West Bengal soon die?

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A Nice State of Affairs: When you find your ‘happily-married’ man friend on a hook-up app

Open relationships are quite in vogue, I am told these days. And, yet something snaps in me when the word ‘nice’ is used to describe the woman he is ‘cheating on!’

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Women in Mosques: Are menstruating women the real threat to Islamic shrines? Or does the problem lie elsewhere?

Is the real problem over letting women into barred holy places actually allowing the sexes to mingle? And perhaps to forget the purpose of visiting a holy place? What is that purpose anyway?

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Former CJI Dipak Misra says marital rape should not be an offence. Here’s what Mishraji doesn’t know about this crime

Let’s get real. Family values are a joke. Wives in India are treated as slaves. For sex and more.

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Why so Sati Savitri? Making our female netas switch from jeans and skirts to plainest sarees is sheer hypocrisy!

Whether it's female film stars or a celeb neta like Priyanka Gandhi, we are scared of strong women who challenge stereotypes. Isn't that why we force female netas into only 'decent Indian clothing'?

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The great big Indian lie: Why do we make divorce such a big deal when most of our marriages suck?

In India, out of 1000 marriages, only 13 result in divorce. But given the abysmal state of the lying-cheating-beating Indian shaadi, this is simply sad news.

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'Made in Heaven' is a ride from hell for the average Indian women. Why aren’t we getting it?

This model of class-impaired, so called 'feminist' rhetoric either divides women on socio-economic parameters or homogenises them into a universal, faceless, 'sex ki bhuki' matrix. Either is deeply insulting and totally false.

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As Apsara Reddy, the first transgender woman, files her Lok Sabha nomination, is the 134-year-old Congress ready to walk its own talk?

Can Apsara Reddy be a champion of mainstreaming the marginalised and changing the gender game, for both Rahul Gandhi and the Congress?

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Why I began to look for love by logging out from Tinder

My heart was broken for doing what I always have. Loving too hard. And searching for such love.

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My Note to Madhu Kishwar: Why not 'free sex' for every adult ‘female’ for a certain number of days every year?

While the feminist-activist may think she is insulting Rahul Gandhi with her taunt-tweet on sex, she may just be winning him more brownie points.

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Sex Scene: Are Indian men incapable? Of controlling their sexual fantasies and brutish frustrations?

Is Professor Kanak Sarkar a symptom of a rampant desi mard chauvinism that wants a virgin to wed, and other women to molest outside the homestead?

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Women need to ask themselves who they were ten years ago, not how they looked

Instead of talking about how they overcame PCOS, depression or domestic violence, the latest social media trend is making women look back at their old hairstyles or lip colour. That is only one reason why I am staying out of the #tenyearchallenge.

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Cutting into the life and death of Amitabh Kulashreshtra, a theatre activist

The book explores the artistic and ideological journey of a Marathi thespian, and the price he had to pay.

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Kolkata moral policing: Years ago, my boyfriend and I were kissing passionately when a cop walked in on us

Since when did the City of Joy become the City of Bhoi (fear) for lovers?

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Why I wrote a novel about a baba raping a young woman

‘My husband was impotent, he sexually abused me. Then, my in-laws took me to a guruji...’

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Single women from urban India are no longer afraid to have one-nights stands and affairs

[Book extract] If sex is available easily, there’s nothing wrong in a woman lusting after it, not waiting for emotional connect.

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Show anchor Sonika Chauhan's death exposes justice is a sham in West Bengal

When will we begin asking serious questions about a case full of loopholes?

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Why men talk and act dirty in bed

Why do we, women, not articulate our likes and dislikes when it comes to sex? Why are we always the provider?

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Desi Fifty Shades of Grey, 'Maaya' by Vikram Bhatt is a bold insult to women

The visual orgy begins with the overpowering voice of a man spelling out BDSM for beginners.

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Are we raising men who will eventually rape us?

Be it on a crowded street corner or a deserted highway. Or in the darkness of our own bedrooms.

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Why society likes to call single woman like me a slut

Spare us the look of pity or the compelling need to find us a partner.

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I'm a Bengali woman with big breasts, don't bother me

The beauty and fashion industry is made to balance itself on the idea of being thin.

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Why India's tales of sexual perversion don't surprise me

Sex remains largely hush-hush and filth mostly in our minds.

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