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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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Woman Money

"Woman Money" or stridhan in India is the money provided to (or earned by) a woman to cater to her personal needs. Traditionally, women did not spend it, instead using it as an emergency fund to be used in grave family crisis or as a charity fund given away to friends and relatives.

The problem with "woman money" was that it was not invested -- so it neither grew, nor the society benefited from it. Worse, the women were not taught how to manage this woman money, and possibly the funds were abused by men who had access to it. (See: Dowry)

This tradition has continued to be a problem for the modern Indian woman, who makes her own money, but doesn't know what to do with it. Asita Prabhushankar has some money management tips and narrates her own interesting experiences of managing her "woman money".

Old Habits Die Hard

"Eve Teasing" is the name given to the practice in India where men make unwanted sexual contact with unknown women in public places. It is very rampant. It is so common that nobody talks about it.

Anyway, Deepak Jahagirdar (I am assuming he's Indian, by his name, and his behavior) was arrested for trying the same in USA -- on an aeroplane. He has brought shame on all Indians, and all men.

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Sunday, August 7, 2005
Last Modified: 8/7/2005 2:33:11 PM

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