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Cheering Desi Women

The cover story by Geetika Pathania Jain was very well written (Mistress of Emotions, India Currents, April 2013) and The Reluctant Fundamentalistdirected by Mira Nair is one heck of a good movie and possibly her most difficult film project to date.
Ras Siddiqui, online

Regarding the cover story, (Mistress of Emotions, India Currents, April 2013), congratulations to Mira Nair! I look forward to her new film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

It is wonderful to see an Indian woman, and an Indian-African-American woman (as Mira commutes between the United States and Africa) doing a film on a country not her own, and one that had not always been very democratic or inclusive of its own minorities. It is a reflection of the culture and civilization of India; though that has its limits and limitations.

It is Pakistan’s turn to make some films, with kindness and goodness, on issues concerning its own minorities. More power to Mira Nair, and I look forward to her other films.

I am proud of all our Desi women—inside and outside India!

Lets cheer everyone on!

Anonymous, online


I agree with Jaya Padmanabhan’s point in her editorial (Sandberged and Prototyped, India Currents, April 2013).

Leaning in could have unintended consequences—depending on who is doing the “leaning-in.” Each woman who aims for success must do it in her own way, intelligently analyzing her own situation, options and possible costs.

Chitra Divakaruni, TX

Regarding the recent editorial (Sandberged and Prototyped, India Currents, April 2013), I have one question for you: Who the heck is Sheryl Sandberg?

And why the heck should you care what this rich corporate woman says, thinks or does? Send Amy Goodman or Goodberg to do some analysis on Sheryl Sandman or Sandberg … and put it all over Facebookerberg with Zuckerberg.

Leave it at that!

Anonymous, online

An honest and pragmatic editorial (Sandberged and Prototyped, India Currents, April 2013).
The stars were aligned for Sheryl Sandberg and she took advantage of every opportunity that came her way. Kudos to her for that and for using her position to inspire other women. If even ten women are energized by her to fight for what’s rightfully theirs, then it’s worth it.
But not everyone is lucky enough to have the best education, upbringing, marriage and career breaks. And even if they did, should taking the world on as COO be the only option?
I love this editorial for raising these doubts on how some who have it all can inadvertently look down on others who don’t. I hope that for every ten women she inspires, she doesn’t make ten others feel inadequate!

Vidhya, online

Learning From Our Children

I loved the article about learning from our children (A Mother Grows Up, India Currents, April 2013). I could relate to all the experiences that were so eloquently conveyed in the article. I, too, feel that I’ve grown up with my son and he has perhaps taught me, and is still teaching me all the intricacies of using a computer!

Madhumita, online

Leagues and Bounds

I disagree with Jasbina Ahluwalia’s advice in the Relationship Diva column (Shooting Out of her League, India Currents, March 2013). What does “out of her league” mean? Most women look for intelligent men who will be their companion, help them reach the goals they deserve and support them in ways that they would like to be supported. Most women find strong confident men attractive. Does that constitute reaching above themselves? You would be better served by teaching men how to pursue relationships with sensitivity, instead of teaching women how to be less than themselves.

Ranjita Sai, online

Vandana Kumar

Vandana Kumar is a publishing executive with a 35-year track record in the industry. She leads the India Currents Foundation as President and CEO. As a new immigrant, she co-founded India Currents magazine...