There are some who claim that new generation movies are revolutionizing the Malayalam movie industry. After a bit of research on the latest releases that are claiming the "new generation movie" label, I decided to watch Lal Jose's ‘Diamond Necklace’ to find out for myself.

Kalyani felt reluctant to leave her bed and go to the kitchen so early in the morning. Thoughts of the last working days flashed through her mind. It had been months since her group was able to work properly. But as a routine, they had to sign the register in the local administration. Thinking of the long working days ahead which gave her no choice but to cook, do household activities and also perform her duty of collecting society’s waste, she woke up and went to the kitchen.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist), with a membership of over 1 million, is the largest among the left parties in India. Hence the ideological and political stand of CPI(M) is viewed with keen attention, not just by its members, but also by anyone keen on Indian politics. The fact that CPI(M) places in public domain its resolutions on ideological and political issues makes it possible for anyone interested to follow the evolution of the same.

പൊതുയോഗ വേദിയില്‍ നാടന്‍ പാട്ടിനൊത്ത് ചുവടുവെച്ചപ്പോള്‍ അതിത്ര പുകിലാകും എന്ന് പി കെ ശ്രീമതി സ്വപ്നം കണ്ടിട്ടുണ്ടാകില്ല. ഒന്നാം പേജില്‍ തന്നെ "സമ്മേളനവേദിയില്‍ പി കെ ശ്രീമതിയുടെ നൃത്തച്ചുവടുകള്‍" എന്ന് മാതൃഭൂമി അച്ചുനിരത്തി. ഇത്തരം തരംതാണ മാധ്യമ പ്രവര്‍ത്തനത്തെ വിമര്‍ശിക്കാന്‍ നേര് പറഞ്ഞാല്‍ സാമാന്യ യുക്തിയും വ്യക്തി സ്വാതന്ത്ര്യത്തെ കുറിച്ചൊരു ബോധവും മതി. പാട്ടു കേട്ടാല്‍ നൃത്തം ചെയ്യുവാനും, താളം പിടിക്കുവാനുമുള്ള താല്‍പര്യവും അവകാശവും ശ്രീമതി ടീച്ചര്‍ക്കും രാജ് ഘട്ടില്‍ നൃത്തം വെച്ച സുഷമാ സ്വരാജിനുമുണ്ട് എന്ന തിരിച്ചറിവില്‍ തീരുന്ന പ്രശ്നമേയുള്ളൂ അത്.

Two phenomena have captured the frenzy of the media lately. One would be the Slutwalk being organised in New Delhi and the other is the unfortunate assault on an IT professional from Kochi called Thasni Banu. Both very different from each other but interrelated to an extent where it becomes imperative to understand one to understand the other. What I want to do here is not writing about moral policing alone, as such, but about how these two are connected and ask some questions.

So, you believe in gender equality. Your blood boils when you hear about atrocities against women? You took a vow not to take dowry? Did you tell your wife, that you are flexible regarding her decision to work or not? Did you promise her that whether she works or not, you will keep a cook to reduce the drudgery in her life?

Having done the above, do you feel happy that you are a loving, egalitarian, considerate partner?

Of course, many of the above questions are addressed to men.

Ever since my childhood days, I have been grappling with the idea of ‘gender.’ Why was my ‘coming of age’ celebrated with so much pomp and show when in reality it brought only embarrassment to me as a little girl? Why did my grandma ask me to speak softly when my brother was granted all rights to shrill and rejoice? Why did she ask me to dress modestly to avert ‘unwanted looks from men’?

I was twelve when I was flashed in public for the first time. I was asking for some directions to a well mannered ‘uncle’ and while giving me directions, he lifted up his mundu and gave me my very first view of an erect penis. I remember looking at it, wondering what was wrong with it. As years passed, I would get more glimpses such perverse exhibitionism. Then the gropes began, from light touches to my posterior getting completely grabbed.