It was early morning and a road trip from Delhi to Shimla looked inviting enough to make Arumita Mitra slip into a dreamy nap inside the car. Outside, the sun was shining bright and the trees were swaying gently. Arumita was not alone in the car. Not long into the journey, Arumita was jolted awake by the cries of the baby. Even as the parents tried their best to comfort him, the cries continued.
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If your Bengali girlfriend knew ‘black magic’, she would erase misogyny, not waste it on you
If your Bengali girlfriend knew 'black magic', she would erase misogyny, not waste it on you
Drawing on personal experiences and interviews with others, Roy explores the frustrations and rewards in the lives of Hindu Bengali women in upper and upper-middle class families in India. Roy traces the psychological dimensions of these women as they play their specific roles, including daughter, wife, mother, and sister-in-law. In a new Afterword, Roy discusses changes in Bengali society and culture over the last two decades which have direct bearings on women's lives: divorce and the breakup of the joint family, education, increasing Westernization via television and women's magazines, and the erosion of traditional religious practices. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
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Black magic and Bengalis: The wicked narrative against women
The friend had limited knowledge about Bengalis but belonging to that community made me detect the tone of the video which was exaggerating the stereotypes around us, especially by throwing into the mix, the only kind of Bengali woman who has walked upon this earth — the big eyes, the dusky skin tone, and those glasses to add some intellectual prowess. To me, the video was part of a narrative, not a one-off incident. My friends in Delhi and elsewhere who are not Bengalis have often reached conclusions about me based on a few stereotypes about Bengali women which by now irritate me to no end. The issue is not that my eyes are different from the stereotype.
Practitioners of black magic, gold diggers, manipulative, dominating — these are some of the terms that are being recently used to generalise the women in Bengali community. I didn't expect this from you Barkha!! You call several times seeking help and support. How could you blame a State and all Bengali women because of a rotten one. But because of that, how is it fair to blame all of us?
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