And why it shouldn’t be one.

I think right now almost everyone is waking up to memes on a certain EduTech company in the country. Let’s call it TopiBaazSr.

I see people not just from India but also from other countries jumping on the bandwagon to roast this organisation and earn a few quick views on youtube.

Do I think the company deserves it?


Do I disagree with their methods?


Do I enjoy these memes?

Very much.

Do I also think trolling is the only way to deal with this issue?

Hell no!

And what exactly am I rambling about?

Let me walk you…

I live in India and most part of it is openly labelled as male-dominated.

We hear terms like ‘patriarchy’ on a daily basis. Somewhere or the other, we have all accepted it and now we just nod our heads and scroll past such posts on social media.

As a girl, I confess to having been jealous of men sometimes. But is patriarchy a one-way street?

Do men really have it better than us?

Let’s find out!

Before we dwell into the current scenario let’s explore the workings of a couple preceding generations.

I’ll be dissecting it into three parts, my…

The dark side of India’s obsession with white skin.

The tragic death of George Floyd has swept the world with anguish and rage. India is no exception, millions of Indians took to social media to express their grief — including — famous Bollywood celebrities.

Oh well. What a joke.

These people have literally been selling racism for decades. Either in their movies or through endorsing horrendous skin-whitening cosmetics.

It’s fascinating how people forget, speaking metaphorically, that they themselves have been that very cop to the Floyds of their world.

So tell me, have you ever thought about them? The Floyds of your life?

Do you think they exist?


Does it’s victor mark the end of an era?

I’ve always studied in an English Medium school.

Since you’re here, I guess, you have too.

Do you remember what was it like?

We followed an unsaid hierarchy system. Students good at speaking English were considered superior to those who were not. And, not just in schools, at malls, offices, even restaurants!

This mindset is not just limited to students but adults as well.

Let’s ask ourselves, what’s the big deal?

English was gifted to us by the Britishers and it really is a beautiful language, no doubt.

Except, in India, it has become a matter of class.

Middle class…

Why the hesitation?

I happen to be an empath.

Ever since I was little, people would come to me with their problems. I’d hop into their shoes and walk a mile. Maybe two. Soon enough, they began to feel like my own.

It was a strange feeling.

OK, I feel what you’re going through but how do we fix this?

And boy, we did not know. So, I did the only the thing I could do,

I listened.

Sometimes, I’d wear their shoes to bed, for days or weeks — without even realizing it.

Although what I did realize, even as a child…

This article focuses on the experiences of an Indian gay man.

Growing up, we’ve all seen Bollywood movies, right?

A macho hero. A beautiful heroine. They romance each other. The end.

Oh wait.

There’s also special comic-appearances! Preferably a meek, oddly dressed, gay man. His job is to flirt with all men and play dress-up with the heroine.

He looks funny. He talks funny. He walks funny.

The movie ends. But, the laughter. The cringe. The character. That very image stays put in a million children’s impressionable young minds.

For a homosexual child, it’s not funny anymore. It becomes a matter of shame. Perhaps he was hoping to see a movie…

Every other day, we come across articles on how hundreds of unborn babies are killed in remote village areas for being, well, females.

We also read controversies on rich, powerful, upper-class women, getting beaten up by their romantic partners. Domestic violence. A common feat.

However — what we do not read is the story of a common girl. Her journey of becoming a middle-class woman. Why is it overlooked? Are these households perfect? Are these women the epitome of independence?

The answer is no.

Sexism is so common in India that I classify most of it as “casual” sexism. Girls…

Artika Vaish

People person. I write for the world to see some issues I do — with the same intensity. It’s a long battle but I’m armed with pens and books. Let’s do this.

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