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    It’s A Birthday…!

    ULTRA VIOLET completes a year today. 70 posts over 12 months. In the last year, UV has had  16 women writing about what it means to be a woman in India today. What affects us, what makes us angry, what moves us or devastates us — and what leaves us cold. There have been posts on identity and destination, sexuality and marriage and motherhood, caste, land, politics and education, religion, taxes, law, sexual harassment, morality and a myriad other aspects related to the way we view and live our womanhood.

    And you, dear readers, have been wholly responsible for this being more than a couple of straggly, disjointed posts on what feminism means. Your enthusiasm has heartened. Your challenges have goaded. Your questions have made us think. Most of all, just by coming back, by bookmarking, by linking, you have made us feel like we must keep this going. Because somebody is reading. Thank you for making this a space that is alive and vibrant. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    Today, we want to know what you think. Bouquets. brickbats. Comments. Suggestions. What you like. What you hate. What you want to see more of. Bring it on.

    And yes, don’t forget to wish us. 🙂


    19 Responses

    1. Happy Budday!!!

      I think UV has been a great initiative – brought together a whole lot of diverse posts. One suggestion I’d have is for a more even spacing to posts – sometimes the frequency is a little less than this reader would wish 🙂

    2. Too new here to be making sweeping statements about the good, the better and the best. But not too new to say Happy Birthday!

    3. Congratulations! It’s always been interesting here. Here’s to many more years and many more posts.

    4. Oh yay! When you list it all out like that, Anu, it really does show what awesome and varying work has been done in a year! 🙂

    5. Happy Birthday UV! Keep ’em coming!

    6. Wow! It’s been a year already… Seems like only yesterday that you started this blog.
      Keep blogging…

    7. Yay us! 😀 Here’s to more birthdays, more sharing and greater awareness. Happy 1st, UV!

    8. Happy Birthday!!

      I’d like to see a lot more writing, for one :-). This blog is on my feedreader and only very rarely pops up with a new post.

      Two, I’d love to see some more Feminism in India 101 – about different voices, different perspectives on being a feminist in India, across industries, politics, arts, sciences, across income/community identities, etc.

      Third, I’d like action items.

      That’s a long wishlist 🙂 from the birthday blog ironically…..what do y’all wish for, from us??

    9. Been reading this blog for sometime now…quietly though.
      Good job. And congratulations. 🙂

    10. Happy Birthday to all!

      The wish: Yes, frequent posting.

    11. Happy Birthday UV !

      A lot of your posts seem to come straight from my heart – it’s like you read my mind. Cliched but very true. It’s heartening to read UV; makes me feel less alone in a patriarchal crowd.

      Excellent job, ladies !

      I second Chevalier – would like to see posts more often.

    12. Here’s wishing this blog more years, posts, readers and commenters too!

      The interviews, the post on taxes and law and on various other aspects affecting us was great! What I’d like to see? Yes, some more on finance, economies, politics policies, science & technology , even the politics that surround sports – In essence let us leave no bastion unstormed.

    13. Thank you all! The wish expressed most often seem to be more posts. Sigh. We’ve been trying to ensure that we do at least four posts a month, one a week. Will try to post more often but what with this pesky little thing called real life constantly getting in the way — it can get hard. BUT will try…I promise!

      On that note, guest contributions always welcome. We don’t mind cross-posting or using something you’ve published elsewhere. We’re not fussy that way. So if you’ve written something that you feel would be interesting for UV readers, send it across with your bio and a mugshot.

      And here’s to another terrifically violet year. 🙂

    14. What did you think about this story? Indian Vogue using poor Indians as modes: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/01/business/worldbusiness/01vogue.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

    15. Luiza: I posted this on my blog as well. Frankly, I think it’s quite disgusting — especially their defence of it. The editor told people to ‘lighten up’. What did you think?

    16. Chevalier: To answer your question, comments, discussion, debates and guest contributions. Easy na? 🙂

    17. Thanks everyone for making this a success!

    18. Happy Birthday! Never commented before, but have been quietly taking in what you wonderful women have to say! Great work!

    19. Happy Birthday to the initiative 🙂 This day gave us an open place to talk on women’s problems, strengths and express how we feel !

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