Not CHUP Anymore

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Dr Deepa Narayan is a former senior adviser in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management group of the World Bank. Author of seventeen books, she was named one of the 100 most influential global policy thinkers by ‘Foreign Policy’ magazine and one of 35 Great Thinkers by ‘India Today’.

In her book ‘CHUP’, Deepa Narayan identifies seven key habits that may dominate women’s everyday lives, despite their education and financial status. These behaviours may seem harmless, but each one has enormous impact, and it means only one thing – that Indian women are habitually trained to delete themselves


Q. What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear ‘…like a girl’ and/or ‘…like a woman’?

DN: It must be something extraordinary. I know this phrase is a put down, over time it’s become something to claim and celebrate, just naturally. Instead of no, say yes.

Q. If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?

DN: Own your power, you are powerful and exercise it with love.

Q. Although it’s 2021 and society is more modern than ever, the shadow patriarchy hasn’t left. How can a modern Indian woman try to overcome this difficulty?

DN: Tell yourself you are fine, believe in yourself, call it when you see it, have other women and men have your back, we are stronger together.pexels-photo-6640529

Q. Which woman (or anyone who identifies as a woman) has been your role model/inspiration for you?

DN: S. Anandalakshmy, my professor from college who passed away recently, fiercely intelligent, she lived life on her own terms, also had a great sense of humor.

Q. Please give us one book recommendation by a woman author, you admire.

DN: Meena Kandasamy Exquisite Cadavers (3)


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