Sonitpur Swacchata Mela – creating a safe space for MHM

by Mayuri Bhattacharjee Melas or fairs are an integral part of Assamese culture and tradition. Most of us in Assam have heard about the Ambabuchi Mela or Jonbil Mela, but what about a Swachhata Mela, (a fair for cleanliness)? On 15th March, 2017 Sonitpur, one of the largest districts in Assam, witnessed the first ever…

For A Toilet Inquilab, Feminism Must Talk Loos More Often

*first published on Feminism in India By Deboleena Sengupta and Mayuri Bhattacharjee We don’t know whether you need the latest iPad or the latest Jhumpa Lahiri book. We don’t know whether you need adrak chai or double espresso to wake up. But, we definitely know that you’ll need a toilet. Everyday. No exceptions. We have learned…

Women’s Day #lovethyloo campaign: Shohinee’s story

It was the autumn of 2006. I was on my way to Digha for a family vacation. I had some questionable mushrooms the previous day. Terrible intestinal spasms of diarrhoea followed the next morning while I was on the bus to our destination. We were cruising through the highway with fields of crops on both…

Women’s Day #lovethyloo campaign: Arpana’s story

Having my gall bladder removed a few years back and being in a traveling job, nobody can understand the importance of public toilets more than me. I feel no shame in admitting that I have to hit the loo more often than a normal person does. It has now become a regular routine for me…

Hey, All! Women have had enough of unsafe toilets

Ever felt the pain of holding the urge to pee for hours? Welcome to the CLUB. As women, we suffer more than men due to lack of clean and safe toilets. Our urethra (the opening to our urinary tract) is shorter than in men, thus making it easier for the bacteria to reach the bladder. We…

Thank you toilets! I filed my first RTI because of you

There is an old Japanese maxim which says, ‘Toire wa sono ikka no kao’ i.e., the restroom is the face of the household. Would it be wrong to say that the state of public toilets speak a lot about our cities? Last year, Holiday IQ, which claims to be India’s largest travel community with 20 lakh members conducted the aptly named ‘The Really Crappy Survey’ …