Last month, I got an email from Bhrikuti Rai and Itisha Giri - two women from Nepal - inviting me to their podcast, Boju Bajai.
Until their email, I had no idea that Womaning in India had any readership in Nepal. I said yes - less to talk, and more to hear from them about how they think Womaning in India relates to Womaning in Nepal.
Turns out, we are not that different after all.
In the podcast, we talk about:
Our shared love-hate relationship with Bollywood
Male saviour complex prevalent across many so-called feminist movies today
The upside-down lessons in romance that we learned from watching one-too-many movies
Managing finance in relationships - the challenges of being the woman who does not earn money, as well as the unique challenges of being the woman who earns more than the man
Common college experiences Bhrikuti and I had, studying in two KUs (Kurukshetra University for me, Kathmandu University for her), and how they shaped the women we grew into
Women’s complicated relationships with their own imposter syndrome
“Capability” as seen in the professional sphere is a gendered concept
Mental load (and the mental load of having to explain mental load to men)
Bhrikuti and her expertise in Hindi
‘Boju Bajai’ means grannies who do chitchat in Nepali. The episode is called Guff Gaff which is Nepali for gupshup (chitchat).
I hope you listen to and enjoy hearing this delightful chat as much as we enjoyed recording it:
About Boju Bajai
Started by two feminist friends in 2016, Boju Bajai is a Nepal-based media company that produces original podcasts, branded content, talk shows, and series.
Their podcasts, videos, and events explore topics ranging from politics and current affairs to culture, literature, migration, sustainability, and the portrayal of women in the media.
They describe themselves as “unapologetic, gritty, direct, and funny - your typical next-door grannies”.
For more, you can follow them on Twitter and also subscribe to their freshly-minted newsletter on Substack.
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