Rakhi Jain has a PhD in Teenage Pregnancy and Abortions. She has published articles in several academic journals and in Reader’s Digest. She writes a parenting blog, as well as writing on mythology and modern relations on her Facebook page, Thoughtsmith’s Corner.


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Dangal - a Review: On marriage and ambition | Bonobology

Dangal: When a couple wrestles with ambition

Rakhi Jain
Rakhi Jain
Posted on : 24 Dec 2016

While the main focus of the film Dangal is on the relationship of the daughters with their father, just as crucial in the background are the...

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Becoming The Fierce Mother Goddess Kali | Bonobology

Becoming the fierce mother Kali

Rakhi Jain
Rakhi Jain
Posted on : 08 Oct 2016

When a child is threatened, every mother is transformed into a manifestation of the mother goddess herself

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24 Sep 2016

Comment : Live-in relations were termed as Gandharva Vivaah. There are tribes in North East where marriage is solemnised only after elopement and a live-in period. In Mahabharata the Shakuntala story is a famous example. Dushyant forgot her and she faced the heat from the society. If coming together is exciting and drifting apart is painful. Since personalities are dynamic, what we like today becomes a burden tomorrow. Marriage is a social contract that ensures that mood swings do not affect the children. The changed partner doesn't ignore the need of time, energy and resources required to raise children born out of the union. Marriage is a live-in with responsibility.

It might be a matter of debate whether Lord Krishna and Radha lived together or not, but live-in relationships find ample support in Hindu mythology. To mention one, Bhima lived-in with Hidimba and had a son with her by the name Ghatotkach, who later fought for the Pandavas and was always considered a legitimate son of Bhima.Does it mean that they fall in the grey area between legal and illegal? In other words, is it so that the Indian society and its political alter ego - the Indian State - do not approve of pre-marital sex and live-ins but still tolerate their existence? Much of the hue and cry against live-ins is the byproduct of a misplaced sense of culture and decency. After all, marriages are nothing but socially endorsed live-in arrangements.

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