“On November 18, 2016, a 21-year-old Nepali woman, Dambara Upadhyay, died in a menstrual hut away from her home in the small village of Timalsena. While this outlawed practice of chhaupadi is indeed suspect, Upadhyay’s death was ruled natural. As if there is anything natural about banishing menstruating women to the outdoors because it will anger the gods or contaminate the home.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, December 2016.
“My tattoos teach me how to own myself, to shape my figure into who I want to be, not the person anyone else expects. My new curves make me feel solid and present in my body like I’ve never felt before, fierce and strong. And now all I need is a sparkling plus-size sari to pour all this fabulousness into.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, August 2016.
“While The Dirt Cure is geared towards parents healing their children, the plethora of advice and information is applicable to everyone living in modern American society, making The Dirt Cure a must-read for anyone who cares about what goes into their, and their children’s, bodies.”
“‘Every single woman is an advocate for women, no matter what her job, role, title, and sphere — I am simply playing my role,’ says space gynecologist Dr. Varsha Jain.” My 28th article for HuffPost, and my first feature for the HuffPost Science column, published in March 2016.