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Anindita Sengupta

Trip:
New Media Fellows 2013
Affiliation:
Ultra Violet
Country:
India
Year:
2013
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Anindita Sengupta is a writer, journalist and poet in Mumbai and founder-editor of Ultra Violet, a site for contemporary feminism in India. She has worked in journalism, public relations, development communications and web management for more than a decade. Her articles on gender, books and travel have appeared in The Guardian, The Hindu, Deccan Herald and Outlook Traveller guide books. She also writes a weekly column on social issues for Bangalore Mirror.  Her collection of poetry, City of Water, was published by Sahitya Akademi in 2010. Her work has appeared in several anthologies including The Harper Collins Book of English Poetry, The Yellow Nib Modern English Poetry by Indians, Writing Love and Not A Muse. She has been a recipient of the Charles Wallace Writers Fellowship (2011), the Muse India Young Writer award (2012) and the TFA Award for Creative Writing (2008).

Stories

  • Gynaecologist? What Gynaecologist?

    I'm 35. I have a child. I don't have a gynaecologist. I certainly did not have a 'gynac' when I was younger—and going by conversations with friends, I'm...

  • The Shock of Armour

    Over the last year, rape has been discussed more than before and behold! It is the dawn of a new age—of marketing. Not the police or the judiciary or the...

  • Not Without a Shadow

    At the launch of a new maternity hospital last week, women paraded down a ramp. It was a fashion show "with a difference" as they like to put it—one in...

  • Teaching Our Boys

    Last week, sexual violence was at the top of our minds. Even as the four men convicted in the Delhi gang-rape case awaited their sentence, the UN released a report that said...

  • Poster Gallery: Infant Health

    The other day, this poster popped up in my Facebook timeline. It’s a neat infographic aimed at creating awareness about malnutrition in slums. Click on the image to...

  • A Cure Worth Fighting For

    If you're a woman above 30, chances are you've spent at least some time before a mirror, silently palpating your breasts, checking for lumps. Chances are you're not even sure...

  • Freedom and Flight

    Once, I knew a boy/man who was studying to be a doctor. When the time came for his mandatory posting in the village as a post-graduate student, he was deeply upset....

  • Eating Sunshine

    There’s a song in the movie Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola whose lyrics I found fascinating—“Oye boy, oye boy Charlie,” it goes, “meri vitamin ki...

  • Commercial Surrogacy: Choice and Health

    Being pregnant comes with its advantages. One of these is that a healthy amount of pampering is expected and endured. Pregnant women can put their feet up more than usual, or at...

  • No One Is Missing TB

    The recent Bollywood movie Lootera has Sonakshi Sinha coughing pitifully as the tragic heroine, beset by grief and loneliness, drifts towards her own death. It has been a long time ...

  • Talking to Kids About Sexual Safety: Childline India’s School Program

    “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” – Jack Kerouac Finding the right words is a struggle. There are manifestos attached to it....

  • Listening Now

    When Lalita* was raped by her 18-year-old nephew, she did not know that filing a case would have dramatic social consequences. The morning after the attack, Lalita went to Rajawadi Hospital, a...

  • Gloves Reveal Childbirth Story

    A woman lies on a bed, wrenched in labour as a team of birth attendants hover over her. Some of them apply pressure on her abdomen. Others examine her vagina, sometimes with...

  • Vaccine Alert

    Children across the country may breathe a little safer. The government has announced the development of a new low-cost vaccine against Rotavirus, the leading cause of severe diarrhoea. Rotavirus is not a...

  • Mining Reality

    Rarely do we think about Goa except in terms of sun-sand-sea clichés but reality runs deeper. Mining, one of the state’s major industries, was banned by the Supreme...

  • Unequal Knowledge: Pregnancy and Discrimination

    We all know that mothers and babies in India are dying. We have some of the highest rates of maternal and infant mortality in the world and tragically, a lot of it...

  • On Sexuality Education: An Interview with TARSHI

    TARSHI (Talking about Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues) is a Delhi-based NGO that works on sexuality with an affirmative and rights-based approach. It runs an infoline on topics related to sexual...

  • Infant Health in India

    [View the story "Infant Health in India " on Storify]   Anindita Sengupta is a 2013 IRP New Media Fellow. In February 2013, Anindita joined IRP on the Spring 2013 trip to India to report on...

  • Cycles of Abuse: Kamala Breaks Through, Part Three

    This is the second in a three-part series on cycles of abuse. Read Part 1 and Part 2.  The fact that Kamala* was pregnant did not deter her husband from frequent...

  • Family Planning Is Her Problem

    The other day, I was in the queue at a ticket counter of a suburban station in Mumbai. Behind me, two men nattered on about whether they should take a train or...

  • Dr Abhay Bang and Dr Rani Bang’s Medical Centre

    Dr Abhay Bang and Dr Rani Bang’s medical centre in rural Gadchiroli which caters to Adivasis in the region is an inspiring place. They also train community health workers to...

  • Mobile Friends for Healthy Mothers

    Across 250 villages in Maharashtra, pregnant women are feeling a little less confused. They have someone telling them how to take care of themselves this week. A friend, if you like. They receive...

  • Cycles of Abuse: Kamala Breaks Through, Part Two

    This is the second in a three-part series on cycles of abuse. Read Part 1 and Part 3.  Kamala* and her husband moved to Chennai after marriage. For her, it was a whole...

  • Portrait of a Woman

    There was a moment in Kajubai’s life when she gave her breath to a newborn baby who had stopped breathing. The baby started breathing again. This is the moment she...

  • Maternal Health in India

    [View the story "Maternal Health in India" on Storify] Anindita Sengupta is a 2013 IRP New Media Fellow. In February 2013, Anindita joined IRP on the Spring 2013 trip to India to report on child...

  • Cycles of Abuse: Kamala Breaks Through

    This is the first in a three-part series on cycles of abuse. Read Part 2 and Part 3.  Across the white laminated table, Kamala* smiles. There is a mix of impatience,...

  • Decoding Malnutrition

    How is it that 46 per cent of children are stunted in Dharavi, one of the more organised slums in a city like Mumbai which also has one of the richest people in...

  • Of Garbage and Strength

    Deonar dumping grounds in Mumbai is where the city’s trash is gathered. It is also where a settlement of rag pickers has sprung up—a somewhat extreme case...

  • Facing the Beast

    Since the gang-rape in Delhi, media reportage on sexual violence has increased and yes, this is necessary and long overdue. But more coverage is not always better coverage. An endless parade of...

  • Stating the Obvious

    The light hung low, the air was pleasant, the bottles at the bar counter of Mumbai’s Press Club gleamed warmly on that winter evening as we talked about women, rape,...

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