Archanaa Seker

The Gilette ad: Good, bad and ugly

This week I’ve been pointed towards by not less than ten friends, well-wishers, or controversy diggers if I may, to the new Gilette advertisement that is drawing both praise and criticism worldwide.

19 Jan 2019

A slice of the Sabarimala spectacle is in my home

I belong to a large family with a complicated web of extended relations, most of whom are staunch believers of the Hindu faith.

08 Jan 2019

The Agenda for 2019

It’s a new year and the time to begin on a clean slate albeit one with scratches from learnings of the past. Brimming with promise, there is hope, there is want, and there is a wish list.

05 Jan 2019

Social media is not the solution

Lesser Less than a week after writing about International Men’s day, I am wondering if these days serve a purpose behind the capitalist sales tool that they have mostly come to be.

27 Nov 2018

Thank men who try to make the world better

There are far too many days in the calendar set aside for an ‘International Day’ to raise awareness of some sort and it’s becoming difficult to keep track of them.

25 Nov 2018

Thanking men who consciously try to make the world better

There are far too many days in the calendar set aside for an ‘International Day’ to raise awareness of some sort and it’s becoming difficult to keep track of them.

20 Nov 2018

Dependency and crying is for all

This another friend is one that is as ‘independent’ and ‘strong’ as they get, a person moving mountains each day through the work she is doing.

14 Nov 2018

Many Deepavalis, Ramayanas and stories of Sita

Another Deepavali has gone by slightly wet and for some, dampened further by the regulation on the ‘vedis’.

07 Nov 2018

Now, I want a man who moves on

If you have a couple of hours of indulgence due and want to feel warm and fuzzy, I recommend you watch the Trisha Krishnan-Vijay Sethupathi starrer 96.

30 Oct 2018

Learning to run without a reason

It must’ve been an early evening in March five years ago when a group of us sat down to discuss what we were going to do for the upcoming Women’s day.

23 Oct 2018

Living in a world of dismissals

You may ask as you begin reading this, why I speak about #metoo and sexual harassment yet again.

16 Oct 2018

Decoding the #metoo movement

Another wave of the #metoo movement has arrived in India, almost a year after Raya Sarkar’s infamous list.

10 Oct 2018

The joke is on us when we don’t take sexual harassment seriously

This response from a male actor, popular star, powerful producer and aspiring politician is hardly surprising.

03 Oct 2018

We shouldn’t call Yamaraja, but we should be able to ask for Amman

In the seven days I’ve spent in London, I must have been to twice as many pubs if not more and saw in most of their ladies washrooms a poster that I had only heard of till now.

25 Sep 2018

Some Bajjis for thought

By 4 pm we had a cutter, mixer, frier and eater — all women doing their jobs earnestly, mine the easiest.

11 Sep 2018