October 27th, 2016
(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The fear that women (and men) experience is also the outcome of social, cultural and filial conditioning as much as it is personal. I moved to Bangalore from Bombay in 2006 to pursue a PhD. I used to live in Tilaknagar, Jayanagar 4th T Phase, which was known as a ‘notorious’ area. I chose to live there to be close to my PhD field site. Sometimes, male friends and friends of friends were afraid to visit my home because of the locality (and fear of the geography).
Irrespective of our genders — and especially more and more women — need to travel more and experience more of the world. Attend conferences in different parts of the world! Take a trip to a place in your bucket list! Go to an adventure hike or cycling trip with your friends! Do anything that gets you out of your comfort zones. The world is not as unsafe as our newspapers, television channels and the internet tell us it is.
Simply going to new places, meeting new people and experiencing that which we may not have earlier, opens our minds and lightens our bowels (the gut that courage and shit cohabit).