Episode 259: The Loneliness of the Indian Woman

Indian women are lonely in the bedroom, lonely in the kitchen, lonely in the workplace. Shrayana Bhattacharya joins Amit Varma in episode 259 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the interior and exterior lives of these unseen millions.

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3. Shar Rukh Khan interviews selected by Shrayana: 1234.
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5. Naila Kabeer on Amazon.
6. Counting for Nothing: What Men Value and What Women are Worth — Marilyn Waring.
7. The Odd Woman and the City — Vivian Gornick.
8. Vivian Gornick on Amazon.
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12. Poor Economics — Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo.
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19. The Hidden Taxes on Women — Sendhil Mullainathan.
20. “Academia is a giant circlejerk” — Amit Varma’s tweet.
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