Has anyone ever asked you what is pleasure for you? Tanzila Khan gets personal with Aisha Lovely George and shares her stories on this podcast. She tries to reclaim the word “pleasure ” from the sexual connotation. For her it’s success. She discusses her idea of body, idea of sexual fantasy and what all can be done with it.
Can you get pleasure without a partner? Can we have conversations about it without sex? Can it be about food? What all options do we have? Does sex restricts the idea of pleasure for some groups? Can woman talk about pleasure? Is there a guilt element that prevents women from engaging with the idea of sex? Is there a class angle, can it only be enjoyed by people from certain class? Do we all long for pleasure?
These are some of the questions with which Tanzila in this podcast asks us to expand our understanding of pleasure. A woman with disability tries to take back the idea of pleasure and fight for it.
Welcome back to our Podcast series. As women, it is very important for us to know our rights and own decisions that are to be made about our individual bodies. But, have you wondered about how challenging that can be at times? There can be many reasons that make women’s reproductive health and rights a difficult area to talk about, let alone owning it.
Team Hidden Pockets discusses this issue with our team of specialists from areas such as Roopnagar district, Faizabad, Aliganj and Pune; who help us understand the importance and the need for women to own decisions around safe abortions. This podcast is specifically created to talk to women who have been working in the area of women’s health and reproductive rights for a while now. Listen to them share their personal and professional experiences with us.
We begin with Video volunteers from Pune District, move onto Arpan Society from Punjab, to Janvikas Kendra from U.P., and finally to Mahila Atma Suraksha Sanstha, U.P. Each of these women share the heroic work of their organizations that work in the area of safe abortion, women’s rights and providing services. Listen to them discuss how important The Right to Life and Respect of one’s body is for women.
Women today and since time immemorial have been struggling with knowledge around safe abortion techniques, breaking free from the shackles of patriarchy and making informed decisions about their bodies and even just doing what is good for them. Our specialists relentlessly work each day to make the lives for thousands of women who are struggling, better each day. Their only message is to empower yourselves and take ownership. Don’t let anybody make these decisions for you. Go to your nearest public health clinic, access non-profit organizations around you and make your abortion safe. Let’s not be afraid anymore to discuss Safe Abortion.
A special thanks to CREA for introducing these wonderful women to Hidden Pockets.
What are some of your favorite spots in the city? Which places do you enjoy going the most to in your city? Hidden Pockets presents,”Own your city.”
This is the first of a series where we will talk about unique and exciting spots in a city that happen to be favorites with the women living in those cities. So where will our first stop be? It is none other than Shaniwarwada: Pune.
“Kaka, mala vachva”, “Kaka, mala vachva” are the first words you’ll hear as you enter this haunted palace called Shaniwarwada. For everyone, who is wondering what these Marathi words mean, it simply means, “Uncle, save me”, “Uncle, save me.” This is the first piece of information our intern, Aishwarya shared with us. Mind you, Pune is her most cherished city. You’ll see how she does a great job of proclaiming her relentless love to Pune and Shaniwarwada all through this podcast.
This spot has been popular for centuries altogether and it continues to attract people of all generations and from all walks of life. If you are a history buff, an arts enthusiast, an architecture lover, a tourist or simply a seeker of knowledge, this is your go to spot. If you haven’t already made this trip, don’t worry! This is your chance to get onto a virtual trip by listening to Aishwarya and transposing yourself to this mansion; feeling no less than our Mastani leaping out of the saga Bajirao Mastani.
Stay tuned to listen to Aishwarya describe the scintillating beauty of this mansion and the enamor exhilarated by the edifices therein. Don’t miss a moment of this talk if you want to have this fun filled virtual tour. I am excited to make this trip. Are you? So fasten your seat belts and let’s get ready for our very own city, Pune!!
Host and Voice Artist: Aishwarya Chordiya
Pic Credit: Being Punekar.
Music Credit: Audionautix.com and Bensound
P.S.: Every 2nd Friday of the month we would take you to a different place in your city.
Join us to explore these places 🙂
Contact us if you want to narrate your city’s stories @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Understanding women’s rights are an integral component of the overall status health of women. The reproductive health as well as rights of women have often been neglected. But not anymore. How and where can one get a safe abortion? Is this even legal in India? Several women have questions like these that remain unanswered. Team Hidden Pockets discusses them with Jasmine Lovely George, a lawyer who has been working in the field of sexual and reproductive health; Anubha Rastogi, experts in the area of sexual and reproductive health.
Listen to what these experts have to say about abortion and safe termination of pregnancy by enlightening you listeners about the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971. Our experts go on to discuss the various facets of legal abortion known as medical termination of pregnancy in India and the extent to which it is restrictive. Jasmine, sheds light on certain circumstances wherein abortion can be legally performed. Majority of us have insufficient information about this Act. But don’t let that stop you from finding out more. Listen to Jasmine discuss the recent amendments to the legislation introduced in 2014 ,that include single women within the ambit of its definition of women, that come within the purview of this Act.
If any of you are interested in getting more information about this law, please do not hesitate to access “Nyaaya”, a legal portal that is a repository of simplified versions of legislations. In addition, there also exists ASAP( Asia Safe Partnership) website that gives details about abortion and safe termination of pregnancy. For all our listeners, though this may be a taboo topic, one must remember that we do have a legislation in place to provide safe medical termination of pregnancy. So please make use of public health clinics and access the right resources, some of which have been discussed in this podcast. Know your rights, and own your health.
What is the best way of engaging with your participants? Do you want some innovative ideas? Listen to some insights from the first photo essay workshop conducted by Team Hidden Pockets with girls living with HIV. This brief podcast will help you delve into the lives of young girls living with HIV; and understand how something as simple as clicking pictures can create a sense of accomplishment and ownership for them. Knowing how to best engage with your participants is an art. Learn just that through this captivating podcast.
The word body brings about a myriad of notions for women. The most obvious connotation of the word is around ‘body image’ referring to the outer beauty of a woman. There could not be a more painful misinterpretation of this word. Listen to Tanzila Khan, an inspiring motivational speaker from Pakistan, who overcomes her physical disability and redefines beauty for thousands of women who are struggling with body image issues each day. Khan goes on to motivate us to love our body and acknowledge the importance of taking care of oneself and recognizing the value of sexual and reproductive health care.
Pleasure, Politics and Pagalpan: three different words with three different meanings! What happens when these three words come together, how one affects the other, how do they play together, questions, answers, language and body, all this and more happened during the two-day conference, Pleasure, Politics and Pagalpan. It was a conference that happened on May 13 & 14, 2017, on ‘Sexuality, Rights and Persons with Psychosocial Disability’ co- convened by Anjali and ARROW (The Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women) with support from CREA . In an attempt to capture the essence of the diversity and the different definitions of pleasure, politics and pagalpan, we spoke to some of the speakers of the conference. With gender playing a crucial role in the politics of pagalpan, we decided to speak specifically to some of the women speakers and understand what Pleasure, Politics and Pagalpan means to them. Listen to their ideas and definitions in Hidden Pockets’ podcast below. Hope you enjoy!
Did you take part in the national event called #IWillGoOut on 21st January,2017? Some of us did attend it and we asked some of the participants what walking and public places meant for some of them.
Listen to it and do share your views with us.
With this, we are launching our #walktoremember series where we will be asking people to share their stories of a walk in a public place that they remember. If you would like to be part of this series, do write to us at email@example.com
For the music lovers, we decided to curate some of the songs in different languages which evokes different sense of pleasure in us!
O Womaniya (Bhojpuri)
An extremely wild number from Gangs of Wasseypur, this song advices a young wife to be as ferocious as her husband would be.
Mann Ki Patang ( Hindi)This delightfully appealing song takes one to the streets of Delhi as if one were right there. The protagonists in the song are seen roaming throughout the city looking for material for a book they’re about to write. It captures the city’s essence, to hold it in its soul. While the song by itself feels like a cup of chai in summer rain. On an additional note, one must not miss this delicate yet stunning story of a mother and daughter, where the daughter is unable to accept her widowed mother’s relationship with another man. Indraneel Hariharan, the composer of this song, is a part of a fusion mix band called “Mrigya”, while his wife, Punam Hariharan, has penned the lyrics.
Mann Ki Patang ( Hindi)
This delightfully appealing song takes one to the streets of Delhi as if one were right there. The protagonists in the song are seen roaming throughout the city looking for material for a book they’re about to write. It captures the city’s essence, to hold it in its soul. While the song by itself feels like a cup of chai in summer rain. On an additional note, one must not miss this delicate yet stunning story of a mother and daughter, where the daughter is unable to accept her widowed mother’s relationship with another man. Indraneel Hariharan, the composer of this song, is a part of a fusion mix band called “Mrigya”, while his wife, Punam Hariharan, has penned the lyrics.
Here is a song some of us who grew up in South India in the 1980s have heard our parents play on their cassette players. , the movie has ever since been remade in Hindi as Bhool Bhulaiya and in Tamil and Telugu as Chandramukhi. This song is a poem about a woman waiting for love, only to discover that the wait is long and no one seems to want to set foot on the path that leads to her home. In the movie, the protagonist Ganga reads the poem as she discovers the depths of her relationship with her husband.
Main Cheez Badi Hoon Mast – Mohra (Hindi)
Mohra’s “Main Cheez Badi Hoon Mast” is one of those exceptional songs where Raveena Tandon is shown serenading herself
Akale Akale- Charlie (Malayalam)
For Cochin felt different with a jetty trying to connect a link between different cultures. A beautiful feel with coastal line staring back at us.
Charlie a Malayalam romantic film directed by Martin stars Dulquer Salmaan and Parvathy in the lead roles
Hungama Ho Gaya – Queen (Hindi)
This 2014 hit, Queen completely took the film goers with a tide! The lyrics of the song simply pushes for little more fun for everyone. It also at some level, talks about fun, and how all of us enjoy this fun and try to get the best in our limited capacity! Kuch badnaam hote hain aur kuch hairan! Enjoy it!
Deewani Mastaani – Bajirao Mastani (Hindi)
Sanjay Leela Bhansaali is back with his beautiful creations and his women. This time we have Mastani; a brave and beautiful warrior who was rumoured to be Bajirao’s second wife/mistress and whose power on Bajirao had led to great legends. In this song Bhansaali, is giving a tribute to all the Bollywood visuals ( Mughale Azam), at the same giving the voice for Mastani’s desire.
Rimjhim Gire Saawan – Manzil (Hindi)
If you are sitting down with a cup of chai and watching the rain, turn on our gramophone and listen to Rhim Jhim from Manzil (1979). An older Bombay comes alive as Moushmi Chatterjee and Amitabh Bachchan walk the streets drenched in Bombay’s harsh but beautiful monsoon. Manzil is a Basu Chatterjee film, where Bachchan plays an ambitious young man who lies about his finances to marry the daughter of a rich lawyer. As the baarish wears thin and the lies surface, the woman has to decide if she loves him or loves the grandeur she thought he was attached to. No points for guessing, this one, but do enjoy the song.
For some of us, audio senses has its own pleasure, and we decided to curate and create some of these stories in an audio format.
Through this audio podcast, get to know about Aravani Community (Transgender Community) and also about the Aravani Art Project.
A talk with Poornima Sukumar, Founder of the Aravani Art Project.
Listen to Nikzad Zangeneh from Tehran, where she talks about life in Tehran, her experiences as a feminist and what she felt about Delhi as a city (India).
Young people from South Asia and South East Asia talking about Safe abortion, Single woman accessing Hospitals and about Government hospitals in general.
Listen to the conditions prevailing in South Asian as well south east Asian countries with respect to sexual and reproductive health. Know about how young women use the facilities in the hospitals, why do they prefer private or public hospitals.
#IWillGoOut was a national level event hosted by a collected of young women across in India, resisting the impositions and reclaiming their rights, and spaces on roads.
What is sexual pleasure for you? Do women experience this differently? We asked LoveTreats and found some interesting answers.
Pourakarmikas are Bangalore (Karnataka – India) based men and women who clear different kinds of garbage, from food waste to discarded cell phones, from the city’s streets.
Pourakarmikas are fighting for a life with dignity. On 8th March 2017, on International women’s Day they decided to protest at the BBMP head Office. Hidden Pockets joined them.
I want to thank the Facebook page ” Pourakarmikas Demand their Rights ” for providing us with useful content.
Music credit: @nop and destinazone_altrove
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