Prayer Pads

“By shunning her when she [the wife] is awash in menstrual blood, he increases his wisdom, brilliant energy, strength, eyesight and long life.” [4:42] Manusmriti.

River of Sand: A series of visual letters from the past written in the moment

It has not been long since my grandmother passed away. For me, it was like my armour being snatched from my body. For the last couple of months, my work was slow and after her death, I had stopped working altogether. I remained in her room, which is now my room. I used to go through her things, again and again, trying to find her fragrance and finding assurance in these objects that she had once touched.

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Menstruations: Indra’s sin and women’s curse

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“Venus and I” watercolour on paper. 2017

Time and again, I have wondered, and perhaps like every woman, that why do half the population on this planet bleeds every month and the rest don’t and I think that I might have found the answer to this dilemma in Hinduism. It not only answers that why women have periods but also why are they considered unclean, cursed and fit to seclusion for those painful days.

 

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