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    'Oh Nari, So Sanskari' is a satirical take on stories of influential women from the Indian epic, Mahabharata. It places them in a modern day cont… Read More
    'Oh Nari, So Sanskari' is a satirical take on stories of influential women from the Indian epic, Mahabharata. It places them in a modern day context to make their situations relevant and relatable to women today. The form of the zine is a commentary on the quality of content available for women today. It draws parallels between stereotypes, cultures and scenarios the women faced in the story to those that women in the millennial generation face in order to highlight the roles and choices women have had in Indian culture and society. The project was created to educate millennials about mythological texts and also highlight the regressive norms in society that have carried through generations till date. The challenge in creating the zine was to maintain relevance to both times, and draw parallels in the stories that are relatable. All the illustrations were done by hand and using Adobe softwares. Read Less
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Storytelling is an integral part of Indian culture. The Mahabharata is one such story in Indian mythology that remains fascinating no matter how many times it has been narrated or depicted. However, what has remained consistent is the one-dimensional portrayal of women in most of these stories. They are often shown to be weak, submissive and dependent. To make the Mahabharata a story that endures the test of time, it must be made relatable and relevant to the current, 'millennial' generation.

'Oh Nari, So Sanskari!' is a zine that was born out of the need for accurate representation of women in the epic. It is a satirical take on stories of three influential women in the Mahabharata namely, Kunti, Gandhari and Draupadi. By placing them in a modern day context, the zine draws parallels between stereotypes and challenges faced by women in the story and those that surround Indian women today. 
It is also a commentary on the content available for women in magazines. I have tried to understand and re-create stories, articles and advertisements to question the position and role of women in Indian society.

All text and illustrations are original and hand-done.