Kathmandu, March 5 -- In February 2015, my sister sent me to an audition forThe Vagina Monologues.At that time, I had no idea what the monologues were about.

I Googled it to find out more about the history of how Eve Ensler had come to interview women from around the world from different socio-political backgrounds to write the play.

The first day of the rehearsals, I found myself seated in a room full of very young women-many of them in their 20s. I was the oldest.

Bivishka, who was moderating the conversation, asked us to share the names in our mother tongue for the word 'vagina'. Interrupted by giggles from the others in the room, I struggled to say the word I had only ever heard spoken as a forbidden term.

A flurry of synonyms wen...