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Gendered at WSRC...

Studying gender and feminism was not one of the ideas that was in my mind in the months after completing my Masters degree. I think it was something that happened purely by default. For those of you who don't know...WSRC stands for the Women's Study Research Center, a small, quiet place in the interiors of The Faculty of Family and Community Sciences. As a first time visitor to this otherwise non happening place, I was hardly expecting any activity worth the reason as to why I was there. I was there to do an inter-disciplinary course on Gender Studies, and I prefer that term better than Women's Studies as gender is about both men and women, and not just women. It was really the course structure that struck me and got me interested to pursue it further which initially just my mum was keen I take up.

As weeks have progressed, and now I am into the second last week of the course I feel myself to be equipped to talk a little bit about what I learnt and why I think what I learnt…

Those moments of silence...

I am sure we all lead busy lives, fast paced and drenched with the showers of managing work, relations, family along with a quest for self realization and achievements. Then what is it that sets some apart from the others. While some of us become engrossed in such an existence, hardly bothering about moments of tranquility...some of us spend those quiet moments, that time of life when we are left alone with our own world with our own thoughts. This certainly must have happened to everybody of us at some or the other point in life. My moments of silence come about when I am either alone, or when I am reading a book, or when I am too stressed out. That is when I feel like taking a pause and putting a break on all that I have been doing. I retreat myself to one corner, some times to the terrace of my house and just stare at my natural surroundings. For a while then I am able to transport myself in an altogether different world, a world which is free of worries and one which I seek tempor…