A sexual offence is committed against a child in India every 15 minutes. That is 4 children every hour, 96 children every day, 2880 Children every month and 34560 children every year.
Just because each case doesn’t make it to the headlines doesn’t mean it is not happening. When a particularly gruesome instance does make it to the news we try to avoid it as much as we can because it makes us uncomfortable or is upsetting.
News Flash: Closing our eyes doesn’t make the problem go away.

Recently, an Ordinance providing the death penalty for rapists of girls below 12 years of age, increasing the punishment for rape and other stringent provisions was promulgated. Obviously, these were supposed to be a quick fix for the ongoing upheaval caused by recent rape cases involving minors in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua and Uttar Pradesh's Unnao and was meant to drown out the hue and cry UNTIL NEXT TIME. Because we all know there will be a next time, for nothing has changed. If prescribing jail time was a deterrent grave enough, we won't be seeing a progressive rise in such crimes despite each amendment enhancing punishment for rape. Every time there is some kind of uproar about such cases the government passes new laws and everybody, including the public just wash our hands off as if justice has been done.

There is a popular saying in law- Not only must Justice be done; it must also be seen to be done."
I would like to rephrase it- “Not only must justice be seen to be done, it must be done.
Truth be told, this ordinance is nowhere even close to the measures the government or the executive should be taking. And it is not just their responsibility to act. As citizens of this country, it is our responsibility as much as the government’s to do anything and everything in our power. Once fancied by the world for being the land of diversity, lately, India has been getting nothing but flak from the people worldwide for its state of affairs. So much so, that people are branding it as the land of rapists. So do we just shrug this off as another ramification of our patriarchal culture? Do we need more humiliation to awaken our conscience?
For starters, we could stop questioning the victim’s integrity every step of the way. Another important thing, women DO NOT need the so-called protection or saving from their male counterparts, It is the men that need saving from their own thoughts. We just need men to be civil and human enough not to prey on the opposite gender at the earliest opportunity. How come it is only men who find it difficult to control their sexual desires? How come most women don't grope every man they like in public transport? Are they not attracted to men? We, as a society have some serious introspection to do for we have validated this behaviour through our mute spectatorship. Even worse, we have adapted to this by curtailing the freedom of our women relatives/friends while those perverts are roaming scot-free in the society making it a living hell for women out there.

And it is about time that we don't draft legislations in isolation but also account for the attitude of the people and society. For instance, the burden of proving the consent to sexual intercourse to escape the liability for rape under the Indian Penal Code (Sec 375) lies on the accused, once the victim claims to the contrary, but as the practical exigencies have it, it is invariably the woman who has to discharge this burden because the society first wants to know why she was there, at what time, with whom, did it really happen or could she have inadvertently given consent through her dressing sense, posture or any other covert action? The sheer apathy that the investigative agencies have towards such brave women who muster the courage to come forward in the hope of Justice is just heartbreaking. As if any answer to these questions (or so-called moral policing) could justify this barbarism! So why do we put the victim through this agony again? 

And there goes another piece of legislation, perfect on paper and in theory but completely redundant in reality.
What is the use of these laws if the conviction is as low as 25% and there aren’t proper systems in place to protect the victim and her family. It is also not justice if the offender is punished 20 years later. Even the strictest of laws are redundant if there isn’t a system in place for enforcement of such laws. That is exactly where we are lacking.

By Shalini Yadav & Manasvi Neyol

Boycott Plastics

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”
Hey There! 

'Refuse, reuse and Recycle' - This is something we studied back in school. I can't even count the number of class projects/ assignments that were framed on this theme. But how many of us actually implemented this in our daily lives? 

A while back, I came across an article about the harmful effects of plastic straws. I’m sure you're thinking that it’s just a tiny little straw, probably uses the least amount of plastic and therefore must not be as harmful. Wrong. These ‘tiny’ things have a huge impact on the environment and most of all on marine and wildlife. (read the article here). I tried to convince a lot of my friends to quit using straws but a few of them were reluctant (Reasons- it protects my teeth from staining etc *rolling my eyes*) But I’m not one to back down, I will ultimately convince them to give it up!

Here’s an extra nudge to motivate you all to give up the straw:-

1. The extra air in the straw will bloat you- Not only are you sipping your drink, but you’re also sipping air. Each sip draws air from the top of the straw to be swallowed- this causes bloating and gas. So, unless you enjoy feeling like Aunt Marge from Harry Potter- stop sucking!

2. The straw doesn’t really protect your teeth against staining- If you've tasted the drink, the teeth have been exposed," writes Mark Burhenne, DDS. "The only way to protect your teeth using the straw method would be to place the tip of the straw at the back of the mouth behind the teeth and tongue so the liquid goes straight from cup to back of the throat without touching the teeth." I’m pretty sure you aren’t doing that, and since your teeth are already exposed might as well chuck the straw!

3. If you still insist on using straws- which is doing more harm than good, Buy a steel straw and carry it with you. (You can find it on amazon). That way you can enjoy your drinks while being eco-friendly. So don’t hesitate!

Even more troublesome is the case of 'SINGLE USE PLASTICS'. These are items that we use once and throw away. Straw is just one example of such items, others are- plastic bags from vegetable vendors, take away boxes, etc.
In Kerala 3.3 million plastic straws are used every day. A significant chunk finds it way to the oceans and not surprisingly, plastic straws are consistently in the top 10 items collected every year during efforts to clean up the coastline. These are the stats of one state only. Just think about how large this number would be if we took the entire country into consideration!
Off late, I have been very particular about trying to avoid plastics as much as I can. All plastic is non-biodegradable and leaves the Earth reeling under its toxic after-effects for a long time. I know that all this isn’t breaking news to any of us, we’ve known about this for a long time, but we still don’t make the slightest effort to curb the use of plastics. As I said in the beginning- 
“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”

Some things that I do to reduce the use of plastics are- 

  1. Always carry a big cloth or jute bag while going shopping.
  2. I don’t actually do this one, my Mom does- She collects all plastic bags that find their way into our house and hands it over to the local vegetable vendor. If all of us did that, the vendor wouldn’t have to buy new plastic bags and we could reuse the old ones multiple times! 
  3. Those of us who shop online know that the parcel always comes in a plastic bag. You could use it to line the dustbins in your house and collect the trash in it- I know this won’t help much, but it sure is better than just dumping it straightaway 
  4. We have replaced all plastic water bottles in the house with glass ones. (You could use old wine bottles. My mom has gone a bit further and filled a vodka bottle with water! It has now become my favorite party trick to pour water out of that one and chug it to the bewilderment of the guests.)

If you have innovative ideas to reuse plastics or to completely substitute them, I request you to leave your ideas in the comment! Saving the Earth is everybody’s responsibility.

Cartoon, Cartoon!

Hey there!

Do you remember rushing to the T.V. room after reaching home from school and grabbing the remote like your life depends on it? Sitting and watching cartoons and going into a state of oblivion, ignoring the repeated reminders of pending homework and eventually begging our parents to extend our T.V. time just to be able to catch another episode of our favourite cartoon. Ahhh those good old days when watching Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon would take all the 'stress' away....

If you think about it, besides being super entertaining, most of those had good hidden messages- respecting our parents, the meaning of true friendship, being compassionate, courageous etc. These days, the T.V. network is flooded with trashy cartoons that make us want to cry out loud. Have you ever tried watching Ninja Hattori or Oggy & the Cockroaches with your baby cousins/nieces and nephews??? A small tip, DON'T, no matter how cute and adorable faces those tiny humans make. It's a trap.

All this talk is getting us nostalgic, so it's time for a quick peek into a cherished aspect of our childhood!

1. Scooby Doo

An incredibly cute and goofy dog following a bunch of teenage detectives who go around solving crimes... what's not to love?! Scooby dooby dooooooo (P.S. Is it just us, or did you also wonder what Scooby snacks taste like?)

2. Dexter's Laboratory

An accurate description of the relationship among siblings, there is no other cartoon we can possibly relate to more than this one.

3. Baby Looney tunes 

All our favourite cartoon characteristics put in one show, that too in their baby forms!!!!

4. Flintstones

A caveman, always in the middle of some sticky situation, who has an elephant for a showerhead, a dinosaur as a pet and a vehicle that operates in the most unique way possible, this was a cartoon very different from the others, but just as amazing. Yabadabadoooooo

5. Powerpuff girls

Three young girls saving the world from all things evil, this was definitely in our top 3 list. The number of fights we’ve had with our friends to ascertain who among us is Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup are too many to count.

6. Popeye

Oh, the way those biceps bulged each time Popeye ate a can of spinach is imprinted in our memories forever. Plus, we think our mothers approved of this cartoon the most because of the healthy eating habits it encouraged…

7. Oswald

This one was full of endearing characters, whether it was the compassionate Oswald or the optimistic Daisy, the grumpy Henry or the smart Madame Caterpillar. It was super-colourful and always came with a positive message.

8. Bob the builder

Here’s a quick test for you- Can you sing the whole ‘Bob the builder’ theme song without breaking off in the middle? We certainly can!! That’s how much we loved this one.

9. Roadrunner

Even though we knew that coyote would never catch the roadrunner, still we were always on the edge of our seats while watching this one. *peep peep*

10. Johnny Bravo

His confidence (overconfidence) about his good looks could give Poo from K3G a run for her money!

11. Cat Dog

The story and struggles of a cat and a dog who are joint together. There was no fighting over the remote for this one. Because everyone in the house (Mom included) loved it equally.

12. Jungle book

Another one who’s theme song we know by heart- chaddi pehen ke phool khila hai! This one always aired in hindi and we loved it!

13. Swat Cats

Not many remember this one, but we definitely do! The swat cats are two super cool felines who fight crime in their state-of-the-art fighter jet. Again, we watched the Hindi version and that made it much more fun!

14. Richie Rich

Livin’ the life- loving parents, gorgeous mansion to live in, a super-smart dog and the funniest science teacher with a cool laboratory.

15. Tom & Jerry

The most iconic of all, Tom & Jerry was and will always be the universal favourite.

Well, this turned out to be one heck of a walk down the memory lane! Did you know that most of these are available on Amazon Prime to watch? The next time you see the babies in your house watching some lame cartoon, please introduce them to these visual treats (Just kidding, the objective here is obviously to find a socially acceptable setting for adults to re-watch cartoons from their childhood. Duh!)

We hope you liked this blog post. Comment below to let us know if we missed out your favourite cartoons.

Adios readers! Until next time.

Three in One

Hey There!

For someone who loves fashion, we saw college as our personal fashion runway! We wore different outfits everyday, probably didn't repeat our clothes throughout the first semester (that's four months ya'll). But as college life progressed, our wardrobes diminished (more like bank account, oh well..) so we started experimenting with styling a bit more and found ways to wear the same clothing item multiple ways. It's like wearing a whole new outfit each time!

Today we have put together 12 different looks using only 4 outfits!


-Manasvi Neyol

Everyone who knows me is well aware of my undying love for dresses. I particularly love this button down-olive green number for it can be worn in multiple ways.
  • Look 1- Wear your button-down dress with your favorite pair of shoes, add whatever accessories you like, in my case, it is a belt and you’re good to go.
  • Look 2- Since it is a button down dress, it can be worn as a cape with jeans and a cute pair of flats. Was I feeling like a superhero with this look? YES. 
  • Look 3- Technically speaking, I am wearing a dress and a skirt at the same time, and that too with a set of comfortable shoes! You could also pair this with black heels for an upgraded look. As for me, I’m a sneakers kinda girl!


-Mitali Khachi

We all know how expensive good blazers are, which is why when I bought mine, I decided to wear it as many times as I possibly could.
  • Look 1- Wear a well-fitted blazer with a nice pair of trousers and a formal blouse, and waltz your way through a meeting at work
  • Look 2- For a cool and chic look, style that blazer with a pair of ripped jeans and a nice pair of heels. Trust me, you can never go wrong with this combination.
  • Look 3- Girls night out? Strap on your stilettos, pair them with a cute skirt and put on that blazer for that X factor.


-Manasvi Neyol 

In the sweltering Delhi summers, nothing is more comfortable than wearing cotton kurtas. Don’t fret if you don’t have too many, just be smart and style them differently each time.
  • Look 1- Wearing a dupatta makes me feel 100 times more graceful (even though I’m a klutz and will probably trip over it a few times). This is the classic ‘desi girl’ look, complete with bindi and juttis!
  • Look 2- While kurta with jeans is a classic look, kurta styled as a cape/shrug is one step ahead! (p.s. I have a new found love for all button-down clothes)
  • Look 3- Pallazzos have been trending for a long time and I, for one, am not complaining! Wear your kurta with pallazzo pajama for an easy-breezy desi look. (P.S. I’m waiting for someone to make a matka shaped bag so that it's more feasible for me to carry it!


-Mitali Khachi 

Most of us wear scarves in that plain-old boring way, whereas it can be used in so many more more fun and exciting ways!
  • Look 1- This is 100% inspired from old bollywood movies. A fancy hair-tie or a scarf around your hair….umm I vote for the latter!
  • Look 2- While black Tee+blue jeans is a classic look, one can always add an accessory like this, to spice it up. 
  • Look 3- My personal sense of style may not be bohemian, but when it comes to wearing a scarf in this manner, I am always up for it. Also, it’s DIY- you don’t have to hunt for the perfect hair band, just fashion one of your own!

So dear readers, get creative with your clothes! Not only will your bank accounts be happier, you will also have a lot of fun.

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