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Interview of Silvi Joseph by Freya Bennett // Feminism is important to me because it is about standing up for what I want and not what society/people want me to be.

Interview of Silvi Joseph by Freya Bennett

Hi Silvi, How are you?
I am strange and getting stranger! But I am good.

How old are you?
I celebrated my 20th birthday in August this year.

Where do you call home?
Home is where the heart is… Mumbai, India.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: 
Well, I am a total nerd and introvert. So sometimes it gets difficult to live in the harsh world but my lovely parents, a few friends, books and music makes life better!

What do you love about poetry?
Poems are a way to communicate with the reader. I personally like narrative poetry as it has a story to tell. I love how a complicated topic is dealt with in few words or lines and poems make you think or read between the lines.

What do you love about your country?
I love my country because I was born in it, I know it’s people and I like them. My country has rich culture and history. Every state has its own language, culture, cuisine, clothing and religion. India is beautiful because of it’s unity in diversity.

What is hard about living in your country?
India stands as the most populated country in the world and people here are so stereotypical and keep a mediocre mindset. They don’t accept changes or new things quickly. So being different is the hardest thing to be alive in my country.

If you could change one thing about India, what would it be?
I will just want to end the fear of God in people’s mind because religion is actually dividing or maybe say, diminishing the beauty of India.

For people travelling to India, what would you like them to see?
Well Taj is a must watch and India is rich at historical monuments. Don’t forget Mumbai and an auto rickshaw drive is must.

What are your goals for the future?
Ummm future goals aren’t really set as I want to study a bit more and set my career, so that I could be independent and take my parents around the world.

What is your favourite hobby?
It is books and music forever…I am learning how to play guitar now!

Why is feminism important to you?
Feminism is important to me because it is about standing up for what I want and not what society/people want me to be.

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Venice, Paris and Egypt maybe.

Who is your feminist hero?
Cinema plays an important role in depicting personalities. So there’s this Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut who inspires through her work and real life as well. As she says, “We live in a Sick society, feminism is its medicine.”

What advice do you want to pass on to Ramona readers?
I think Ramona has showed me how so many women around the world face different problems coping with the cruel society. Yes! Ramona is the name of medicine all feminist are looking for.

Freya Bennett

Freya Bennett is the Co-Founder and Director of Ramona Magazine. She is a writer and editor from Dja Dja Wurrung Country who loves grey days, libraries and dandelion tea. You can follow her on Instagram @freya___bennett

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