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Over 50 Women parliamentarians participate in Sneh Milan to mark International Women’s Day

In the informal meeting, women parliamentarians sang songs and performed different styles of dance from their states, such as 'Bihu' and 'Garba'

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Poor, rural women in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh attending a skills training programme on dairy farming by the NGO I work for, Hand in Hand. As always, their smiles, determination and the colours are simply awe-inspiring. (representational image), Wikimedia
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New Delhi, March 9, 2017: To mark International Women’s Day, over 50 women parliamentarians participated in Sneh Milan, a function organised by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan at her residence.

Of the total 80 women MPs, over 50 participated in the function, which was co-hosted by BJP MP Poonam Mahajan and Congress MP Sushmita Dev.

In the informal meeting, women parliamentarians sang songs and performed different styles of dance from their states, such as ‘Bihu’ and ‘Garba’.

Besides, they also took selfies and photos with one another to display women unity and strength in Parliament.

AIADMK’s Lok Sabha member K. Geeta sang the “Surmayee Ankhiyon Mein” from the movie “Sadma”, which was interspersed with the Telugu version of the song.

While Trinamool Congress MP Mamtaz Sanghamita sang a song from the ‘Rabindra Sangeet’ collection, another TMC MP Arpita Ghosh sang the song “Meri bheegi bheegi si” from the movie “Anamika”.

BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh Anju Bala took everyone by surprise with her dance to the song “Ori Chiraiya, Angna Mai Phir Ana Re”.

Another TMC MP and actress Satabdi Roy sang a Hindi song “Payal Utaar Dungi” from the movie “Mohabbat Ki Arzoo”.

Bijoya Chakravarty, BJP MP from Guwahati, recited some ‘shayari’ and performed ‘Bihu’ dance while Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar of the Congress recited a poem on child marriage.

Another TMC MP, Pratima Mondal sang the song “Itni Shakti Hamein Dena Data” from the movie “Ankush” amidst appreciation from everyone.

Much to everybody’s cheer, women MPs from Gujarat performed ‘Garba’.

Among other MPs who were present at the programme were Hema Malini, Kirron Kher, Smriti Irani, NCP MP Supriya Sule and Rajya Sabha MP (nominated) Rupa Ganguly. (IANS)

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It’s not what you wear, but the way you wear it

Men lack the enzyme which processes self-awareness, which is why we think we look good in Speedos

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A lot depends upon what we wear and how we carry it. Wikimedia Common
A lot depends upon what we wear and how we carry it. Wikimedia Common

Definition of being behind on the laundry: When you find yourself seriously considering wearing a Halloween costume to work.

I expected my wife to veto the idea, but she was okay with it, saying: “It’s not what you wear that counts, but whether you can carry it off.”

Mind you, this was a phone conversation and so she couldn’t see what I was wearing. In the event, going to work in a killer clown outfit was not as bad as it might have been, and the fake bloodstains on the costume proved advantageous. Fellow passengers quickly gave me a seat on the bus — actually, a whole block of seats.

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The main (and possibly only) advantage of marriage for guys is that we are given full-time aides (“wives”) who generally prevent us going out looking too ridiculous. Men lack the enzyme which processes self-awareness, which is why we think we look good in Speedos.

Proof: In my true-crime file is a report about a criminal fugitive on the run in Japan who disguised himself in a girls’ sailor suit school uniform. Since he was a tall man with massive shoulders, he managed to evade detection for only minutes.

Definition of being behind on the laundry: When you find yourself seriously considering wearing a Halloween costume to work. Wikimedia Commons
Definition of being behind on the laundry: When you find yourself seriously considering wearing a Halloween costume to work. Wikimedia Commons

Another true story: Last year, a pair of bank robbers decided to dress as women to scope out a bank in Thomasville, Florida. The result was the opposite of what they expected: They became the centre of attention, of course.

It is really hard for men to dress convincingly as females as we lack the two main things that make a woman a woman — good taste, and the ability to walk with our feet clamped in instruments of torture known as “lady’s shoes”.

There’s one exception which proves my point. In November last year, the coach of the Thailand women’s kabaddi team was dismayed to find out that males were banned from attending women’s sports events in Iran, where his team was playing. So he wrapped his head in a female scarf and marched straight in.

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He fooled nobody but correctly judged that the women would be too nice to throw him out. Smart guy.

Our UK correspondent shared a sad news item about a group of men who raised money for their local hospital by dressing as nurses and pushing a bed around town. The hospital refused to accept the cash as they said it was considered politically incorrect for men to dress as nurses these days.

It is really hard for men to dress convincingly as females as we lack the two main things that make a woman a woman. Wikimedia Commons
It is really hard for men to dress convincingly as females as we lack the two main things that make a woman a woman. Wikimedia Commons

This seems unfair, as I have seen marathon runners dressed as bananas, dinosaurs and Q-Tips without complaint from fruit sellers, palaeontologists or people who like to poke things in their ears.

But the political issues surrounding women’s clothes are complex. In 2011 someone organised a “slutwalk” in Canada. This involved scantily-clad females marching down the road with protest banners. When the Slutwalk arrived in Asia, the women were fully covered up and many of the marchers were male; so the event missed the point, a bit like the Animal Rights Barbecue that a friend of mine once tried to organise.

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Anyway, like my wife says, it’s not what you wear but how you wear it. By the way, I look great in a Speedo. (IANS)

(Nury Vittachi is an Asia-based frequent traveller. Send ideas and comments via his Facebook page)