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Men werenโ€™t really the enemy. They were fellow victims suffering from an outmoded masculine mystique that made them feel unnecessarily inadequate when there were no bears to kill.

Boyish is a 12 part essay series delivered over the course of a year which discusses masculinity and the growing up experience for boys in India. Each essay tackles a stereotype that boys often have to deal with growing up and then tells the story of an Indian ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ man who defied the stereotype.

Many boys choose professions & lives based on how they perceive masculinity. They are bound to the demands and duties of manhood. With a poor understanding of what being masculine means, they often miss out on their true and happy self.

Boyish is an attempt to change that. It will nudge you to think more deeply about masculinity and how we raise boys in the context of India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ and hopefully provide you and young boys in your family with newer role models.


๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ, I am Rajat Mittal!

Producer & Writer

Previously, I've been the maker of 2 educational books for girls: Menstrupedia and She Can You Can.

By working on projects focused on education and empowerment of girls, I slowly began to realise that gender stereotypes hurt not just girls but boys as well. This is honestly why I created Boyish.

With Boyish, my aim is to unlearn my own conditioning and to invite others to think more deeply about masculinity and how we raise boys in India.


Ajin Mohan



Mrinalini Khattar



Rachel Aneesha Rao

Supporting Writer & Research Aid


Samira Shaikh

Supporting Writer & Research Aid