Sreemoyee Piu Kundu
click
English   |   Bangla
Below The Belt

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.

ELECTION

 |  Below The Belt  |   8-minute read

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?

VARIETY

 |  Below The Belt  |   7-minute read

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!’

VOICES

 |  Below The Belt  |   8-minute read

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?

VARIETY

 |  Below The Belt  |   10-minute read

POLITICS

 |  Below The Belt  |   6-minute read

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'?

LIFE

 |  Below The Belt  |   5-minute read

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.

ART & CULTURE

 |  Below The Belt  |   8-minute read

'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.

VOICES

 |  Below The Belt  |   5-minute read

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?

LIFE

 |  Below The Belt  |   5-minute read

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.

LIFE

 |  Below The Belt  |   5-minute read

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.