Lack of standardization is one of the reasons Indian investors have preferred to stay away from MFs.
How do you drill something into a person’s head? Make him or her repeat the same thing 50 times like they used to make us do at school? Theatre veteran Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal has a unique way of drilling a message into her audience’s head. In 2009, when I went for The Vagina Monologues—her internationally-acclaimed play that aims to create awareness about violence against women the world over by bringing true stories on stage by way of monologues (she brought this play to India, too)—she came on stage before the play began and made the audience repeat the word “vagina" three times, slowly and steadily. You may gasp and gulp but say you must, she said. And each time we said it, she pushed us to be louder. The idea, she explained subsequently, was to make us aware that it is not just a body part, it also symbolises “the spirit and essence of a woman. If you can’t say the word “vagina" then you can’t talk about the abuse of the vagina", she explained later in an interview with the Guardian on her India experience of staging the play.