Mmmmmmm….Mango!

Eating an Indian mango is like having sex. Not just plain vanilla missionary sex. No, this would be the exotic, lusty, sticky sort of sex that turns your brain and body into a pleasurable mush. Obviously we’re not talking about the supermarket variety of mango here. Oh no. If you …

Let’s talk about the Kamasutra

We’ve marched against discrimination. We’ve fought for equal pay. As we sip our well-earned Cosmopolitans with our fearless female friends, where does an ancient (and some would say archaic text) like the Kamasutra fit into our lives? Because we all know that the Kamasutra is about hundreds of impractical, impossible …

To touch or not to touch…

Indians don’t touch. Indians don’t hug. Indians certainly don’t kiss. Growing up in India, that’s what I grew up believing. My parents never touched each other or us, and it was the same with all my other little friends. The general belief was that as long as you clothed your …

Is my body mine?

My first experience of being touched as a woman happened on a dusty Mumbai bus. It was horrible. I was 11 years old, off to school in my freshly-starched-and-pressed grey school uniform. An ‘uncle’ (all older men in India not related to you are ‘uncles’) smiled at me, then brazenly …

Mum’s the word

Childless. Barren. The words sound awful, evoking images of shriveled-up women who’ve given up on life. I decided not to have kids. Not because I couldn’t. It just wasn’t for me. It was a decision I took in my early 30’s. It wasn’t so I that could focus on my …

Being naked

Why are we so embarrassed about being naked? Millions of Japanese women don’t seem to be. On a recent trip to Japan, I discovered onsens. These hot springs are dotted all over Japan and as much part of a Japanese woman’s life as a manicure is among British women. This …

Is your body bootylicious, baby?

What do you see when you stand naked in front of the mirror? I first see the lumps & bumps that I’m not happy with. The over-large tummy, the too-small breasts. Then, if I make the effort, I start to see the beauty in my body. I’m sure that’s the …

Guest Blog: Not Asian Enough?- Tanya Vyas

Several times over the last year – in fact, over the last decade – I have been told that I don’t look Asian, Indian or Sikh. Another common comment I receive is, “You look different”. Usually, I overlook remarks like this; I don’t worry myself with what others think of …

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