Sreemoyee Piu Kundu
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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.

VARIETY

 |  Below The Belt  |   5-minute read

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'?

LIFE

 |  Below The Belt  |   9-minute read

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.

VARIETY

 |  Below The Belt  |   6-minute read

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.

POLITICS

 |  Below The Belt  |   8-minute read

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.

LIFE

 |  Below The Belt  |   5-minute read

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 enjoy sports and that women abhor the idea of their partners prioritizing the World Cup over them?

POLITICS

 |  Below The Belt  |   13-minute read

'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.

LIFE

 |  Below The Belt  |   6-minute read

Are single women really happier?

Marriage may seem outdated but is the idea of love and romance too?

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?