Articles by Madhuri Adwani

Ekal in the City: Ep 4 Marathwada Ka Ekal Mahila Sangathan

We have been meeting single women in small town and rural India in our Ekal podcast series. In Episode 4, we meet a collective of single women in Marathwada, Maharashtra. What happens when the singular turns into a collective?

Tridevi

Meena, Annie and Nayantara – ‘the three girls from St. Agnes’ – feel that they rule the world. They are dancers, they light cities on fire travelling from festival to festival, they revel in each other, and oh that glory – friendships. Then, college ends…

It Was Like Collapsing into An Embrace

My first meeting with Annu was over a Zoom call at 7 pm on a Thursday. The past few months I had been meeting with women from rural areas and kasbahs who shared with me their stories of being ekal (single).

Ekal in the City: Ep 2 Ekal Parivaar

In the second episode of the series, Madhuri talks to two single women from Uttar Pradesh – Seema, a 27 years old journalist and Shabo, a 28 years old mobiliser and informal worker who tell us how they found a family of ekal in the city.

Ekal in the City: Ep 1 Khuda Hafiz

What does it mean to be a single woman, when it’s not in a metropolis? What are the experiences of being single, without the romanticisation of the urban? What is the nature of singlehood that may not yet be defined, but may be as rich as life itself?

Mann ke Mukhaute, Ep.03: Maine Saaf Kiya Tumhara…

In our third episode of our podcast series Mann Ke Mukhaute, we address Care Work. Care Work is finally being recognised as emotional and physical labour, and its deep connection with gender are being investigated academically and socially. But what do caregivers themselves think of their work?

Gulabi Talkies

Gulabi Talkies, Vaidehi’s story in Kannada, tells the story of a single-screen theatre in a small town shaking up women’s lives like a storm in a tea-cup. Through the character of Lillibai, a midwife turned gatekeeper of the Talkies, the theatre births for women a new understanding and identity, just like a midwife does.

Mann ke Mukhaute, Ep.02: Rahogi Tum Wahi.

As part of our series ‘Mann ke Mukhaute’ exploring mental landscapes from an experiential standpoint, the second episode features Sudha Arora’s story Rahogi Tum Wahi, an account of a woman at the other end of emotional violence.

Mann ke Mukhaute, Ep.01: Adiyal Dukh.

As part of our Public Health issue, we are turning an inward eye to look at our mental experiences, and how they intersect with the health and state systems. Our podcast series Mann Ke Makhaute interweaves fictional stories and experiential voice notes.

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