By Gayathri Naga
Everybody has a story to tell, a way to express themselves. These 8 women will move you with their intriguing, heartwarming and thought provoking stories. They will tell you about womanhood, society, and their life.
Put your thinking hat on, sit back and watch them pour their hearts out to you in these INK talks.
Gazal Dhaliwal- Being a woman
What does it really mean to be a woman? Is it being able to cook? Or is it about wearing pretty heels and shopping? What is it like being a woman in the 21st century? Are we identified as a woman just because we have the ability to procreate? C’mon we are more than that! In this powerful talk, Ghazal Dhaliwal tells us how the society views women and the intricacies of womanhood.
Kalki Koechlin- Understanding Identity (interview)
What is identity? Is it your profession, gender or something completely different? Who better to talk about identity than a Bollywood actress with French parents brought up in south India! Watch the ever amazing Kalki Koechlin discuss her life, acting career and understanding identity in the course of this interview.
Arunima Sinha- On top of the world
Don’t we all crib to walk a few meters to the bus stop or the grocery store? Well, Arunima’s story will restore your faith in human will power and leave you with Goosebumps. Arunima Sinha, a national level volleyball player, was thrown out of a running train by robbers who were after her gold chain. Her left leg crushed by the passing trains had to be amputated. This did not stop her from dreaming the impossible, on May 21st, 2013, Arunima summited Mount Everest. She takes us along on her journey in this passionate talk.
Anitafrika- We women are warriors
Poetry is one of the most heart touching and the best way to express oneself. It is the art of weaving the precise words together. Anitafrika uses the art of dub poetry to tell us a story of childhood sexual abuse and HIV in this beautifully intense performance that’ll leave you dumbfounded.
Aisha Choudhry- Finding happiness
John Lennon once said “When I went to school they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” To be happy or not to be. It is a choice that we make at every minute of our lives. Aisha Choudhry tells us what really matters in life while she lives on the verge of death combating a life-threatening disease.
Usha Uthup- Skyfall in Sari
Music lovers or not, you wouldn’t want to miss this performance of a lifetime by this legen-wait for it-dary singer. They say that one must always embrace their roots and skyfall in sari is a blend of contemporary music in tune with the stories from her life!
Robin Chaurasiya – I am a proud and powerful lesbian
If the caption wasn’t bold enough for you, then the talk is bolder. Watch Robin Chaurasiya share her thought-provoking life story. It will make you think. It will make you question what equality means to you. But what if equality is an underrated myth that can never be achieved in the 21st century.
Shirin Juwaley-What happens after your husband throws acid on your face?
Shirin Juwaley’s husband threw acid on her face after she requested a divorce. In this harshly honest talk, Juwaley challenges society, and even the audience, to question their stereotypes and prejudices. Why are people with visual disfigurements socially ostracized and isolated? And more importantly, why is this behavior acceptable in society? This unforgettable talk will forever change your presumptions and perceptions about visually challenged people.
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