Updated: October 13, 2016 2:03:56 pm
Author Chetan Bhagat is all set for the release of his new book One Indian Girl coming out on October 1 which he explains to be his first one wherein he is writing from a woman’s point of view and is in female first person.
“I felt it would be interesting to get in their head. I wrote on feminism because it isn’t an equal world for women, and most don’t realise it. As a writer, I want to highlight issues in society that affect a lot of people. Feminism affects us all,” he wrote on the blog.
WATCH VIDEO | Chetan Bhagat Chats About His New Book One Indian Girl
For the promotion of the book, he has been massively using social media and posting a lot of videos. In one of them, he shared his experience of how, for trying to understand women better, he decided to wax his body hair and salutes them for their courage to go through the pain regularly.
“Obviously, it’s not easy to figure out girls as a man, so some really unusual things I had to do. One of those things was waxing and all I have to say is- girls, lot of respect! Because when I got it done, it was really really painful. And to think that girls do this regularly, maybe, like every month, was quite an experience for me,” he said in the video.
But this didn’t go down well with many women who reprimanded him for setting “waxing” as a benchmark for understanding women because there’s more to being a woman in an Indian society than feeling the pain caused by waxing.
“Men, has it ever occurred to you that this is not the kind of pain we care about? Could you try something else instead? Like, I don’t know, maybe try hailing a decent rickshawwala at about 11 PM who doesn’t ask you to sit on the right end of the seat (because that’s where his rearview mirror is angled at)…?” wrote a user.
Here’s what women have to say.
On a lighter note, one might argue that it’s really difficult to understand women. When a poem on body hair making a point that men need to understand the pain women go through while meeting the unrealistic beauty standards of society forced upon them, many shared it emphasizing that men should it. And here’s a guy understanding it and getting slammed for just that.
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