Swaty Prakash

Swaty dons many hats including that of a writer, mother, confused feminist, staunch individualist, poet, educator, and a communications consultant. And beneath these many hats is a forever restless mind fuelled mainly by daydreams and imaginary situations.

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Why Is ‘Happily Married For 20 years’ Turning To ‘Married No More’ These Days?

In our grandparents’ age, why weren’t there more stories of people separating after decades of staying married? And why is it now that couples, who look seemingly happy, announce separation? What has changed in the last few years? Mehr Jesia and Arjun Rampal are “not a couple anymore”, read the headline. My ever curious 75-year-old …

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Sonali Bendre diagnosed with cancer: When stars fall, why don’t we rise?

Newspapers and websites have been flooding with the news of Sonali Bendre’s disclosure on Twitter of being diagnosed with cancer. Thousands of people shared their sadness and expressed how heartbroken they are. We share a strange relationship with the celebrities, and when I say “we” I don’t just mean Indians. All of us around the …

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The fast and fatal ‘fake news’ that we forward on our WhatsApp groups mindlessly

The menace of fake news The neighbourhood fruit seller was looking exceptionally dull that day. It felt like my lucky day and I gave him a bigger smile anticipating less bargaining (since he looked so dull!). But things were far more serious than what I had thought and I sensed it when I asked him …

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‘‘20 साल से हैप्पिली मैरिड जोड़े इन दिनों ‘‘तलाकशुदा” में क्यों बदल रहे हैं?

हमारे दादा-दादी के ज़माने में, शादी के कई दशकों बाद जोड़े के अलग होने की इतनी कहानियां क्यों नहीं थीं? और अब ऐसा क्यों है कि जो जोड़े बहुत खुश दिखते हैं, वे अलगाव की घोषणा कर देते हैं? पिछले कुछ वर्षों में क्या बदल गया है? हेडलाइन में लिखा था, ‘‘मेहर जैसिया और अर्जुन …

‘‘20 साल से हैप्पिली मैरिड जोड़े इन दिनों ‘‘तलाकशुदा” में क्यों बदल रहे हैं? Read More »

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मेजर हांडा केस: क्यों हमेशा महिला ही दोषी होती है?

भारतीय सेना के मेजर निखिल हांडा ने कथित तौर पर एक दुसरे सेना के अफसर की पत्नी को इसलिए बेरहमी से मार दिया क्योंकि उसने मेजर हांडा के शादी के प्रस्ताव को नामंज़ूर कर दिया. हांडा और वो महिला सन्न २०१५ में मिले थे और तब से ही लगातार एक दुसरे के संपर्क में थे. …

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Shailja Dwivedi

Major Handa Case: Why will it be the woman’s fault anyway?

Army Major Nikhil Handa allegedly killed another officer’s wife after she refused to reciprocate his feelings and blatantly declined his offer to marry her. But as a society, we sat up and started criticising the woman in question instead. Army Major Nikhil Handa allegedly killed another officer’s wife after she refused to reciprocate his feelings …

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