Polyamory, Questioning Colonial Culture, Becoming an Author + more with Rheea Mukherjee – Episode 35

Rheea Mukherjee has the to ability to open minds and make people look at divergence from societal norms and constructs through a new lens. One of curiosity, understanding and love.

The Feel Good Factor episode 35. Rheea and Susmita portrait photography. They’re facing the camera, side hugging and holding up The Body Myth hardback book. Polyamory, Questioning Colonial Culture, Becoming an Author + more with Rheea Mukherjee.

Rheea Mukherjee is the author of the Indian fiction novel, The Body Myth. The book was first published in the USA and then in India. The story throws light on many important topics and issues. It’s well known for its exploration of the idea of polyamory in India.

Rheea has the to ability to open minds and make people look at divergence from societal norms and constructs through a new lens. One of curiosity, understanding and love.

In this episode of The Feel Good Factor Podcast, Rheea and I discuss:

  • Drawbacks of the mainstream education system
  • Nuances in love, relationships and sexuality – in the Indian and global context
  • Breaking away from toxic, heteronormative rules that originate from a colonised mindset
  • Her journey into becoming an author
  • The Body Myth – the novel she published last year
  • And so much more!

If you enjoy this episode, can also listen to Rheea on a previous episode. In it, we discussed the importance of developing a culture of collaboration among entrepreneurs. Additionally, you can explore episodes featuring other inspiring vegans on the show.

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Rheea Rodrigues Mukherjee is a Bangalore based writer. Her writing, advocacy and workshops work at the intersections of gender, social justice, animal rights, mental health, and sexuality. She is the author of The Body Myth, and was shortlisted for the TATA Literature Live First Book Award 2019. She co-founded Bangalore Writers Workshop in 2012, and currently co-runs Write Leela Write, a Design and Content Creation Lab.

Connect with Rheea on:
Facebook: rheea.mukherjee
Instagram: @messcooking_alwaysvegan
Twitter: @cashewcutlet
Website

You can also purchase her novel, The Body Myth on Amazon India and Amazon USA.

“I think that polyamory at its very essence, deconstructs this notion that we get everything from one person…that they should cater to our every emotional need…And of course at a basic level, in a basic structural way, our partner or our spouse or a best friend, have their roles in our lives. But are we going to say that we don’t have relationships with other people that spark different sides to us?”

Rheea Mukherjee – The Feel Good Factor with Susmitha Veganosaurus


Transcript (edited for better reading experience)

Work in progress.

Transcribed by Otter.

This article was written by Susmitha Veganosaurus

Susmitha Veganosaurus is a vegan chef, podcaster, meditation guide, artist, influencer, holistic business coach and multi-passionate entrepreneur. She runs Carrots, India’s first vegan restaurant, bakery, and culinary academy. And she’s the host of The Feel Good Factor, a podcast about making happiness your highest priority. Susmitha mentors and coaches vegan entrepreneurs and helps them grow their business in a joyful way, with a focus on self-care and a mindset of abundance.