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Pageants and prejudice
Posted by Gul Panag on September 23rd, 2013

This appeared in DNA Sep 22, 2013
To mistake Indians for West Asians is one thing. But to even cast a racist slur against people of Arab origin, is not an America we know of, says Gul Panag, referring to the recent geographical and racial hoopla in the Miss America pageant, and the undercurrents of international [...]

Social media, social ignorance
Posted by Gul Panag on June 3rd, 2013

This appeared in The Indian Express on June 01, 2013
Twitter outrage over the mannequin ban does not reflect Mumbai’s many conflicting moralities
Applying Western liberal standards of gender equality to Indian society is perhaps premature. Being the world’s largest democracy is no mean achievement. However, political democracy and equality alone is cited as a measure of [...]

Andamans
Posted by Gul Panag on May 19th, 2013

The sea plane journey to Havelock was uneventful, yet serenely enjoyable. The ever prepared Husband had informed me well in advance that we could carry only 5kgs per head.

Let’s portray women as more than just arm candy
Posted by Gul Panag on January 25th, 2013

This appeared in the Hindustan Times on 25th January
I was brought up to believe that the world is by and large a fair place, but that you have to watch out for yourself. I was taught to believe in the system and be prepared for the worst case scenario, always. Despite the recent and ’sudden’ [...]

Made by patriarchy
Posted by Gul Panag on December 26th, 2012

This appeared in the Indian Express
While women’s lack of safety is a societal problem, the state makes it worse
The fact that there exists a gender bias in a patriarchal society is beyond contest. Also the fact that it leads to unequal opportunity in all spheres is a foregone conclusion. The debate starts at the point [...]

A perfect mountain getaway
Posted by Gul Panag on October 22nd, 2012

Published in Hindustan Times
Himachal has been one of my favourite states for camping and trekking for a while. The fact that it offers easy accessibility from my hometown Chandigarh is definitely a plus, since almost all our trips begin from there. Let me add here that the whole rationale for us as a family to [...]

Journey to Sach Pass
Posted by Gul Panag on July 28th, 2012

Despite the windows being up( to keep out the cold, we were now at 11000ft) we heard it before we saw it. White water terror awaited us up ahead. Almost 200 meters of it, flowing fast down the mountain side. The thought of turning back broke my heart.

Gul’s Take
Posted by Gul Panag on July 17th, 2012

This appears in the July issue of Auto India
As a fitness enthusiast, I have always leaned towards marathons as my preferred goal to work towards. Endurance and strength lie at the heart of my approach to good health. It’s not a surprise then, that my first time at Le Mans has redefined motor sport for [...]

Why does punishment not fit the crime?
Posted by Gul Panag on March 8th, 2012

This appeared in the Hinustan Times
It’s become very fashionable to discuss the issue of women’s safety these days. And I don’t think it’s a bad thing. Dialogue and discussion are always the precursors to change.
Not denial.
Yet, it’s denial we seem to be in. The women chief ministers of the two states that have been in [...]

In Pursuit of Happiness
Posted by Gul Panag on January 25th, 2012

This appears in the December issue of The Man
Happiness is the ultimate luxury you can have. Choose it.
I STARTED OFF SIX MONTHS AGO by exploring the concept of luxury through these columns. It is a journey that I enjoyed immensely. I realised how shallow some ideas of luxury were, how they changed from time to [...]

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