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In an interesting two-day activity in Patna, teenaged girls and boys from Bihar and Jharkhand got together to debate what holds girls back.
Sarees will never go out of fashion. Here are some unusual weaves that the author speaks so lovingly of, for all kinds of budgets. Check NOW!
This was the best gift that I could ever give you, Sharad. But I don’t know why I waited for 25 years. I should have slapped you the very first day when you started disrespecting me.
Good news in India is synonymous with one thing, and one thing only. Impending motherhood, after getting married. That is important.
Pune scientist Medha Khole and her allegations against Nirmala Yadav have opened a can of casteist worms that need to be dealt with.
Double Trouble, Double Fun by Riti Prasad covers a twin mom's unique personal journey - a perspective not found in the usual books on parenting twins.
The Supreme Court of India declared instant triple talaq illegal on 22nd August 2017. Let’s understand what this truly means.
I am a film reviewer of South Indian movies, and I am not about to tolerate the nonsense I receive online in the comments, mostly from disgruntled men.
Is it possible? I had daydreamed about it but realized had never really believed I would do it. Yes, I was not in my conservative little hometown anymore. But still…
When moms return to work after a maternity break, they often face a bleak response or harsh questions. Here is a mom who fought back!
The author, a well-travelled woman, speaks of the first year of her stay in Jakarta with her family, a city very different yet so similar to the cities in India.
Wives on H4 Visa effectively lose all right to financial independence, and that can lead to psychological problems. How do you deal with these troubles?
A harrowing account of how a mother in law made the life of a woman difficult for no real fault of hers. A downright soap opera!
Time was when getting your Aadhar card was a breeze. Not anymore. Here is how to go about it.
Women's cricket is the rage, with our women in blue giving stellar performances in the World Cup. Will this mean better opportunities for our girls?
Only thing, here it was two heroines instead of a hero and heroine! I was in 10th std, still a little too young to fathom what exactly was going on.
With Harmanpreet Kaur delivering an incredible performance, it’s time for us to cheer the Indian women’s Cricket team in the upcoming World Cup finals!
While the government cites 5% GST on products that assist people with disability as a 'concession', what is the reality?
With so many Indian women bloggers writing today, which ones must you follow if you think you are a feminist? The 10 bloggers listed below.
HEADLINES: A photography project featuring a woman wearing a cow mask created a furore nationally! What does this say about India today?
Want to return to work after a career break? You may feel desperate but coming across like that can hurt your chances.
Will women be the force that brings communities and people together? A lovely account of a women-led all faith iftaar.
The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Government of India, has deemed the Hindi film Phullu, fit only for "adult" viewing because its story revolves around menstruation.
Not all fathers are 'good fathers'. Here's a heart-wrenching personal account of how a father should not be.
Indian women travellers going alone are rare even today. These accounts inform us of the anxieties and also the bright side of these escapades.
Worried about being decently dressed when you go to meet that dignitary? Fret not. The Sanskaari Clothes Bank is here to the rescue!
“But deep down, I am sure nothing matters to you more than my happiness. And right now, I am perfectly content.
We had started from the scratch, without any luxuries. But, we had the comfort of each other and we were happy in our little bubble. We thought, we could survive anything.
This HR Manager candidly discusses the real sexual harassment cases she has seen, and tells us what we can learn from them.
Kanika Gupta describes the first 2 days of a gruelling solo trek to the Annapurna Base Camp, without any guide or porter, as her cash became worthless enroute due to demonetisation.
In an age where everyone is trying helter-skelter to look more younger, Laila Tyabji's views on aging gracefully is truly inspiring!
A woman is more than her body. She's not just a pretty face. Her beauty is within, in the 'woman' she is inside, and that is what matters.
Talk about sexuality (from the male point of view) and we might have an open mind. But, have women talking about sexuality and our hypocritical society freezes up.
“I hope you will dress traditionally, show the world that you are a married woman. I don’t want all those guys in the office to look at you!”
“If you bow down to everything society says, it will make sure that ‘You’ will be stripped from whom you really are.” Here is the fourth winner of our April 2017 Muse of the Month contest, Swarna Manjari Ayyalasomayajula. The cue for this month was from the movie Kahaani, in which the cop, played by Nawazuddin […]
Nandita Venkatesan lost her health, hearing, and a 'normal life' to tuberculosis, but this valiant girl battled it and rebuilt her life.
In an apartment in a quiet street in Chembur, Mumbai, the mother and daughter duo of Saraswathy Hariharan and Dr. Shalini Ananth are helping scores of women navigate the emotional and physical challenges of pregnancy and impending motherhood. Saraswathy Hariharan and her daughter, Dr. Shalini Ananth, run Aaroghya Pregnancy, offering a holistic pregnancy module covering […]
Talking on pregnancy recently, Kareena Kapoor recently said that all pregnancies are not the same, on being criticised for going out right after delivery. We need to remember this before passing judgement on new moms. As quoted in this interview, Kareena said, “Yes, I was on my feet a few days after the delivery, but it’s upsetting to […]
Sometimes, it is enough that a woman wants a life of dignity and is no longer willing to put up with abuse from a husband, normalized in a patriarchal society.
“The salary offered to my mother was much more than what my father earned and yet the topic of him leaving his job and looking for something in the US was never even considered as an option."
SNEHA is a grassroots organisation that works in preventive and promotive healthcare among women and children in informal settlements and from marginalised populations.
What decides your self worth? Does it matter whether you are a homemaker or a working woman? The author muses today on occasion of #WomensDay.
I Want To Destroy Myself is the best selling memoir of Malika Amar Sheikh, translated by Jerry Pinto from the Marathi original 'Mala Udhwasta Vyaychay'.
“It took Nima a while to put the pieces together as to why the dinner was left untouched by her father when she went to meet some prospective groom...” A short story.
If more stars take a stand on fairness creams as Taapsee Pannu recently did, would we see less fascination with fair skin in India?
“All that glorious promise of a life to be… Now a zilch. Suddenly, everything she had believed in, all that she held dear to her heart had come to a naught. Her quest for perfection itself had been a mirage.” A short story.
A visually impaired woman helped me navigate when I tried walking with a blindfold in solidarity this World Disability Day. Respect!
“To reinvent oneself, any place can be home. Pack your bags, follow life as it is calling you right now. Who knows what is in store?” A short story.
“Unwilling at first, she understood that she had to bring courage from her innermost reserves and step out into the world, even if it meant working in a bank to feed her family.” A short story.
Yesteryear actress Vandana Mishra's memoir has been translated by Jerry Pinto as I, The Salt Doll, and tells the story of a strong woman facing her challenges.
“But what is a person’s value? Who defines or measures that? Does it only exist to benefit someone?" A short story about self-worth.
Those who put all blame for gender discrimination on religion forget to take into account the many ways science can be anti-women too. A balanced view.
Navaratri is meant to be a celebration of the female as the supreme power. Let's use it as an opportunity to raise questions about the stereotypes and ignorance that still occupy our lives.
Traditional celebrations often propagate stereotypes. Occupy Navratri is a way of challenging stereotypes and creating awareness.
"I wish I had not gone searching for something that I felt was missing. Cause it wasn’t." Look for the freedom within yourself.
Freedom, she had thought, was to be able to have fun whenever she wanted. Until she realized what freedom really meant!
Garrisoned Minds speaks of women who suffer specifically as women, when they live in strife torn regions. Sometimes for no direct fault of theirs.
Karishma Walia turned down a marriage proposal because the guy was unable to come to terms with the dog in her life. More power to her for speaking up about her choice.
Biplabi Shrestha speaks about her journey of learning cycling at 34 in a society that discouraged girls from cycling, an empowering and refreshing experience.
Having free access to birth control methods is a question of healthcare and not about morality. Women should have reproductive and birth control rights in India.
"For the first time she was doing something for herself on her own. And she did not feel guilty." A short story about social autonomy.
She gave in, but when she knew better, she stood up for herself, creating a new life from the ashes of the life she had till now.
Standing up to people you love needs more courage than standing up to others. And sometimes, hard choices need to be made for your self-esteem.
With longer life expectancies, both spouses working and no experience of caring for the elderly, what can we learn from the West to make it better for everyone?
Teaching children about gender bias begins at home. It is the small things we do and say as parents, that gives rise to the culture of 'boys will be boys'!
A married Indian woman is supposed to do all the adjustments for the sake of the marriage. What about the husband? Shouldn't he hold up his part of the deal?
"But the dream had opened an altogether different possibility to her." It is never too late to find out that standing up for yourself is possible.
"The waves had claimed her." A story of love, loss, and grief that yet has a dreamlike quality.
We have relationship problems and my husband was abusive during my first pregnancy. So this Father's Day I have decided not to have another child with him.
"You have given me the gift of independence, Mumma and I love you for that." A letter asking a mother to remember her own lessons, at a low point in life.
“We are women, Draupadi, of royal blood. We do not have the luxury of exercising our choices, our personal likes and dislikes." A fabulous modern retelling.
The work of a homemaker is never done. But this is not understood by many husbands who think their wife is idling away her time and having fun all day!
'Their daughter, who had always been the centre of their world ever since she had come into their lives, was now blinded by some filthy substances.' May 2016 Muse of the Month.
From life in a small town to a celebrity stand up comedienne - Mridul had certainly come a long way! May 2016 Muse of the Month winner.
'Little Red Riding Hood was not a “good girl.” She was the best.' A wonderful retelling of the fairy tale for our May 2016 Muse of the Month.
Crowdfunding to study or learn is a very new concept; Aruna Raman who tried it out shares all her learnings with you.
Comedy can be a wonderful tool for social change. UnGendered, presented by Shenomics in Bangalore on 22nd May attempts just this.
There are many stereotypes about plus sized women prevalent. Which of these 6 mythical stereotypes do you believe in?
Breaking stereotypes works best when it is done by those in a position of privilege. Here is a son breaking the stereotypes about how a mother should dress.
No Outlaws In The Gender Galaxy discusses how society fails all those who biologically do not identify as male or female in terms of social privilege.
The other woman usually faces criticism rather than empathy. What if there is the other man in a relationship with a married woman? What would his feelings be?
Freedom is a precious thing - and getting freedom for others can sometimes free us! April 2016 Muse of the Month winner.
Our obsession with 'fair and lovely', often makes us overlook everything else in a person. April 2016 Muse of the Month winner.
Outdoor photography in India does not always have to mean wildlife or landscapes of unusual beauty. Our cities offer plenty too.
A chance experience as a busy parent who forgot about keeping track of her child's vaccinations led Subhashini Subramaniam to develop the BabyBerry app.
Women are not permitted many things in our society. This woman had to fight for her right to perform the last rites for her father. #GoodwynTea contest winning entry.
The burglars had thought it would be an easy target. But they hadn't realized what 'mere women' could do, if they joined forces! #TeaBagStrength winning entry.
'Nature can choose how I look. But only I can choose what I can make of it.' A thoughtful piece that will make you introspect on your choices.
Based in an indeterminate future, when humankind's activities has destroyed all trees, here is a tale of budding hope.
In her book Bicycle Dreaming, Mridula Koshy tells the story of the dreams of a young girl of thirteen, who is baffled by her family's actions.
Anuradha Bajpai wanted a place to connect with like-minded readers, so she co-founded Woodpie, a successful platform for book exchange.
The other woman. What about her feelings, her dreams, wishes, wants and needs? For isn't she a woman like every other woman, after all?
The nightmares of that horrible day were still there, but were receding with every hopeful day! An inspiring short story about an acid attack survivor.
How did she misjudge her parents? Why did she take so long to return home, where she belonged? A wonderful short story that will bring tears to your eyes.
What would Suzette Jordan, otherwise known as the Park Street rape survivor, say to her readers if she could write to them from her place of rest now?
A woman secret service agent? Yes! Read on this breathtaking tale of a woman spy, with a twist in the end.
Yes, I was completely a normal girl, but did society see me as one? Or was my 'normal' always to be tainted by the 'fault' they thought I had?
Whether in an arranged match or otherwise, heartbreak is never easy. Is it possible to find love again, even after being tossed about by time? The fifth winning entry for the Muse of the Month.
Design thinking for entrepreneurs explained: Read on to know what it means to bring design into the heart of your business.
Life, growing up, can take strange directions, often led by our choices - the underdog and the top-dog might easily change places. The fourth winning entry for the Muse of the Month.
At the end of her long life, Kunti, mother of the Pandavas, muses about the 'whys' of her life. The third winning entry for the Muse of the Month.
Fame, success, beauty isn't everything - time robs one of those. Deeper and meaningful relationships endure. The second winning entry for the muse of the month.
Fate can often deal the severest of blows, but can bring happiness again! The first winning entry for the Muse of the Month.
This short graphic novel, Sarah: The Suppressed Anger of the Pakistani Obedient Daughter, though from across the border, tells the story of an almost 18 girl who is aware of and resents the discrimination between her and her brother.
A 14 year old tells us in this piece how books have become the stuff of dreams for her, and how she can never be without a book.
A 10 year old talks about how she became a reader despite her parents not wanting her to waste time on books.
A 9 year old tells us in this sweet piece, how books became his best friends, despite a crippling eye affliction.
Love wearing Indo Western office outfits to work? Here are some great accessories to team up with my last post on Indo Western wear for work.
Advice for new parents can be a deluge! Yet, hearing the experiences of other new parents does help. Here are 6 super useful things to know.
Tired of wearing formal shirts and trousers, or churidar-kurta combinations to work? These Indo Western looks for office wear are a nice change!
Here the writer describes how as a child books never interested her until one day, she found a book, that changed her life. Our fourth winning entry for December writing theme.
Our movie reviewer Saumya Baijal says that Bajiroa Mastani is a must watch, if nothing, watch it for the world Sanjay Leela Bhansali delicately creates.
Mhonbeni Ezung is the youngest recipient of the National Bravery Award this year – for a feat that is not only astonishing, but endearing as well.
A mother writes a very moving letter to her son, on the shame society body shames a woman when it comes to her physicality. It begins from birth itself.
Here is the review of 'Come As You Are,' that as the book itself says, will transform your sex life. Have a look.
A woman writes a letter to her younger colleague opening up about the sexual harassment she faced in the streets, which she kept buried deep within her.
A mother writes a letter to her son, recounting her struggles of growing up as a woman. She rightly says that it begins right at birth.
Our youngest reviewer Arya, reviews the book 'A Children's History of India,' and she says that you will definitely love history once you read this book.
This October Women’s Web, with JustBooks, is running Book Talk, a writing theme where you get to write (read) about books that inspire you. Our third winning entry is unusual, quirky and delightful as ever!
Shalini Vij is the Founder of Hang Out, a chain of Family Entertainment centers in Delhi and Gurgaon. What drives her to follow her passion, despite health challenges? Find out!
Three women, three different countries, and a black dog. Pepita Seth's The Edge Of Another World links apparently disparate elements and combines them in a swathe of mystery.
In 'The Mare's Trap,' Wendy Doniger explores the Kamasutra looking at it in the context of texts from the same time period, like the Arthashastra and Manu’s doctrines.
How to deal with an abusive partner? The process might not be easy. But worth the effort. Here are 5 ways to deal with an abusive partner.
Here are 8 signs of an abusive relationship. Are you living in one? Maybe it's time, you make a choice to protect yourself.
An unusual story of sexual abuse, Nari by Sharath Komarraju's explores the nuances of sex, relationships, and consent.
Who killed 14 year old Aarushi Talwar? The question continues as Journalist turned writer Avirook Sen tries to find an answer in his latest book, "Aarushi."
Walking away from a committed relationship brings in the guilt of leaving someone in pain. Surviving that guilt, itself is another story - a survivor's story.
Image Management consultant and entrepreneur Jainee Gandhi shares an very candid account of her journey – ups and downs, joys and sorrows all.
A daughter writes a heartfelt letter to her father after he passes away. Read on!
Investing in social entrepreneurs with a focus on women and gender equality can help tackle poverty in many communities.
While most victims of sexual harassment are women, men who do not conform to stereotypically masculine traits also face it.
Street sexual harassment is not just a personal issue. We need governments at all levels to help prevent as well as report incidents.
Building intimacy in marriage is not just about the physical; emotional intimacy happens as a result of respecting differences - while communicating what you need.
The love and support that girls give their parents is no lesser than that boys do. It is time we stopped devaluing girls.
If a girl or woman tells you that she was harassed, help her take action against the attacker. Don’t ask her how “sure” she is!
Scientist Vijaya Sinha started her career in the sixties, at a time when female graduates in India were few. Her story inspires Indian women in science today.
Can women be a part of public celebrations too? Yes, if men take a pledge against harassment!
Conflict over gender roles often leads to deep unhappiness in relationships today. Should we just give up in despair, or are there ways to create a more harmonious partnership?
Young girls often face their first experience of street harassment even before they can understand what is happening to them.
It is not always easy to speak up when we see sexual harassment happening in front of us. Yet, not speaking up hurts us in the long run.
Bhumika Anand, once a cubicle dweller, found her home at the Bangalore Writers Workshop (BWW). This is her story in the world of words.
Shalini Singh is the Founder of not one but two businesses – Galvanise PR and Speakers MIC. How does she do it? Listen to her story.
Leaving Home With Half a Fridge is the author's story. It takes the reader though the various aspects of a divorce and the journey involved.
Malini Gowrishankar is an Engineering graduate, a voice-over artist and a mom who now helps women hit the refresh button in their lives with F5 Escapes.
Rashmi Singh, an NID graduate deeply committed to the Indian craft heritage began Moya, as a way to bring innovative craft-based products to a discerning audience.
Massage and bath time rituals help in bonding and enhance a child's sense of well-being. Here is more on the science behind the ritual.
Relationships aren't easy, especially when they end. Here's a moment of moving on, captured warmly by this winning entry for our muse of the month contest!
People and circumstances change, leaving relationships as only a shadow of what they once were. Here's a story that captures this transition.
Our lives are a cycle of change, and this winning entry for the Muse of the Month contest chronicles it beautifully.
What we laugh at says a lot about us, as well as the source of humour. Here's an exploration of the thin line between humour and sexism in stand-up comedy.
Love is a blank canvas, and you're free to paint it with whatever colour you want, says this post!
Everything changes. Yet, nothing does. Here's a story to explain this paradox beautifully.
Through the ages, women have served as a looking glass, a companion, a mirror; is it surprising that Jane Austen's intelligent women had trouble finding men they could love?
Not all marriages are made in heaven. Some can be hellish, and one must try to break free. Here's an attempt, and hope.
Most of us turn to a higher force for solace, for a patient ear, for a solution. Here's a look at the receiving end of our prayers and whining!
Recovering from heartbreak is a roller coaster ride, perhaps with more twists than love itself. This story captures the ride perfectly!
We're talking all the time, but are we really listening? Here's a beautiful glimpse into people and conversations.
Graphic Designer Pragati Asthana Srivastava takes us through her journey and her day, as a Technology Entrepreneur in Lucknow.
Making choices is difficult - to pursue a career, or be a stay-at-home mom? What makes it worse is people's judgement. Here's a story about being who your choices make you, with pride.
How long will it take before a woman realises that she is not a bird under a net? And once she does, is there any stopping her?
Love and marriage are bound by no rules, contrary to public perception. Here is a warm story about choosing love.
Today, more than ever, needs writers who let their ideas run free, to inspire the world. Here is an ode to the writer's dilemma - to be or not to be free?
Shweta Foulger who has moved from running a blog on all things sustainable, to creating a business from it, Green OK Please talks about her life as an entrepreneur.
What happens when the past, present, and future dance together? This intricately woven story will make you wonder.
Don't forget who you are, even if everyone else fails to recognize you, says this beautiful story.
When the black sea of depression threatens to overwhelm you, can you remember who you truly are?
Who am I? I am many things, and all things possible, says this lovely poem on the self.
A young innovator has designed a kit to make information available to blind women. We talk to Sadhvi Thukral about her menstruation kit, her inspiration, and her vision.
The wheel of this woman's life seems to have come to a standstill; an unusual event gets it moving again.
Sometimes, the wheel can only come full circle if we let it - if we are honest with ourselves and can face up to the truth of our own lives.
The wheel stops for no one - at least, no one who is still living. You just have to scramble along as best as you can.
Call it karma or the wheel of time, it doesn't make an exception for anyone, says this story of a matriarch.
Swaathi Kakarla is Co-Founder at Skscript, a start-up technology firm. But here's what's interesting - while a tech entrepreneur, she is still at college.
PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has got a lot of press recently for her interview on why women can't have it all. A contrarian point of view.
Creativity is not only a gift, but also a responsibility, says this writer, who talks about why she wants to tell her untold stories.
The writer tells the story. But equally, the story makes the writer. An interesting story on what each does for the other.
Sometimes, our stories are told by others, and we have to reclaim them. What would Soorpanakha have said, if she had told her own story? Winner, June Muse of the Month.
Some stories need to be told, even if it takes many years to get to where you can tell them. Shortlisted entry for June's Muse of the Month.
Shadow Play, by Shashi Deshpande, is a serene read about what makes people human - by exploring relationships, families, and the lives of women.
Short and bittersweet, this story will set you thinking whether it is indeed the heart that makes the best choices!
We believe that dealing with things right away gives us the solutions we need, but sometimes, the heart needs its time. Winner of May's Muse of the Month.
How precious is the meal that this grandmother prepares for her beloved granddaughter - made of so much more than the ingredients that go into it.
Kamila Shamsie's new novel, A God In Every Stone, set in the Partition era has at its heart a quest for identity through archaeology.
A woman, a man and a room. This short story takes place in limited space-time, but speaks volumes about the brain and heart. Winner of May's Muse of the Month theme
Can one be perfectly happy (or even happier!) without a silly heart to interfere with the workings of the crafty brain? Winner of May's Muse of the Month theme
Some journeys inspire you, some refresh you, and some are magical. This piece is about a woman's journey to independence, and what true freedom means to her.
Even as celebrate Mother's Day with flowers and cards, the state of maternal health in India is appalling. This Mother's Day, can we pledge to support mothers?
An ecofriendly wardrobe does not mean dressing up in leaves! Fashion consultant Babita Jaishankar gives us tips on creating a green wardrobe.
As many couples find themselves having difficulty with conceiving a child, infertility is a problem that needs to be talked about more
We call a woman powerful when she does something that is traditionally 'masculine'. What does this say about Power and how we perceive it?
A woman who never felt the world belonged to her, decides to become one with the world.
When all the world seems to be conspiring against us, one little act of kindness can make the world seem a much more friendly place!
Even when the world was young, did Eve believe that the world was her own? This poem will set you thinking.
The world expects us to be ambitious. We are ambitious. Is that why being a housewife feels like we are letting ourselves and everyone else down?
When a woman learns to love her own body, she is one step closer to accepting herself fully.
South Asian families living in many parts of the world often support each other in tough times. But sometimes, we need additional help beyond the family.
Khushwant Singh was a fearless writer, not just by profession, but in every sphere of his life. This inspiring writer's life leaves behind many lessons.
Ally Matthan, the Founder of Areev, a brand of naturally derived Indian personal care products shares her day as an entrepreneur with us.
How can the biggest industry of this century have so few female engineers? Women Tech Makers is about getting together as women passionate about technology.
Author Juliet Philip shares the story of how the Amul Butter woman shaped her teenage rebel feminist years
Sharing the story of my mother's battle with breast cancer and determination to carry on living as normal.
Six wonderful life lessons, learnt from a 3 year old child. In short: Enjoy life.
Why do so many men believe that a No is a Yes? We need to start with teaching boys that a No means No.
Each time we accept all the markers of being a good woman, we accept that we are not equal.
How is raising compassionate boys possible if we refuse to extend compassion to boys, if we don't allow them to cry?
When does a girl become a woman? Why do we think only motherhood or a man's love makes her a woman?
Why does the guilt of motherhood occur? Mothers feel guilty because of the perfect mother stereotype we are expected to uphold
The obsession with fair skin for Indian women means women are judged first on their looks, and especially complexion
Women in corporate India are not a rarity any longer, but the challenges faced by working women in India continue.
Gender discrimination in India is a reality that we need to recognize in the seemingly ordinary occurrences around us, and help root it out.
Child marriages in India are a reality that need us to work not only with adolescent girls but build support for them in the community and state.
Rishi Verma is 29. He is a writer by profession, and by choice. To pay his bills, he works in advertising. To bring peace to his life, he writes fiction, strums the guitar tunelessly and reads like a maniac. Some of us remember Tobu Cycles and Campa Cola from our childhood. Memories of Mario and […]
Reshma Gude is a software professional and mother to a young child. She blogs at Reshma Musings. Whenever my husband and I talked about having a baby, we always pictured it to be a little girl dressed in a pink frock with matching pick hair band and pink shoes. During my pregnancy, whenever anyone asked […]
Sakshi Nanda is a writer, with a past stint in the publishing industry. She says, “I love cooking ideas, and having them read even more!” She blogs at Between Write And Wrong. Not all of us are conceived in the hope of a boy. But I was. Most certainly I was. I felt it as […]
What girls must not do is a long list of rules that seem designed to keep them submissive and unquestioning!
Indian women and girls are in grave danger, says Rakhee Ghelani, as part of the #GirlsROCK campaign
Being a second girl child in an Indian family is not easy; this daughter succeeded with the help of her supportive father.
Kiran Manral is a well-known blogger, and Author of The Reluctant Detective. She also runs India Helps, a group that began in the wake of the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai and helps organise support in such cases. She was a young girl, barely ten one presumed, but then this was a girl who survived […]
All those rules for parents and teenagers? Here's news from a mother: They don't work!
Can well-meaning advice from mothers to mothers to be do more harm than good? What do you think?
Teaching children to know their bodies and name the private parts is essential to protect them from child abuse.
Being a female atheist in India comes with its share of challenges, as women are expected to be the preservers of culture.
Who's better - mom or dad? A mom weighs in on the 'My Daddy Strongest' syndrome.
An 8 year old child is killed in Bangalore, all because her father was not happy with her homework. Are we becoming a brutal nation?
Can online support groups be of help to women? Sagarika Chakraborty shares her experience
What was Aanand Rai, Director of Raanjhana thinking when he made a movie glorifying street sexual harassment?
Many Indian women still find initiating sex a challenge, since we are conditioned to appear timid and shy.
Get these 4 useful personality development tips if you want to present a more confident personality at work, and be rewarded.
These special health tips for women focus on physical and emotional well-being during pregnancy. These fitness tips for working women will aid you at this crucial time.
Society's concept of beauty only serves to reinforce sexist beliefs and reduces the value and worth of women.
Are the choices of mothers ever easy? Anshu shares her story of returning from a career break and helping other working women in India
How can we identify and stop people who use their position in a group to indulge in abusive or unacceptable behaviour?
The Teach India experience - a volunteer shares what it was like to teach English to others from a under-privileged background
As the Ford India ads demonstrated, women in Indian advertising are often mere props, and even violence against women can be 'humour'.
Single women in India are still vulnerable to character assassination as "loose women" if they stand up for their rights.
Thoughts on turning 30 by a woman - on why 30 is a fantastic age.
An Indian woman writes about handling the challenges of working mothers who want the best of both worlds.
Is there really a correct age for marriage? Indian society dictates early marriage for women while ignoring women's career goals and aspirations.
Working women in India make multitasking look easy, but lets not forget that they need family members to pitch in equally at home too.
Know your consumer rights and be an aware, assertive customer. Here is how.
One Indian mom's reflections on turning 35 soon.
Grow up, get married, have kids - why is the journey of life writ in stone for Indian women?
Taking care of your knees gets harder as you age. In this amusing story, a woman's tongue comes to the rescue of her knees
Do gender stereotypes silence the true voices of men too? On bringing up the boy child in India
If a woman doesn't want to dress up, and is happy being her natural self, why do we call her a behenji?
Serious about ending rape in India? Don't feel smug that you are not a rapist. Rape culture arises from how society views the role of women
Guest Blogger Roopa Prabhakar describes herself as a a new mother, a working woman who believes her face is plastered on the glass ceiling, a closet feminist and writer. Some days back when Nirbhaya (God rest her soul!) was supposedly recuperating and had taken a turn for the better, I was listening to the radio on […]
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A very fine contemporary feminist writer, Ambai's In a Forest, A Deer consists of the stories of women we all know.
A letter from the "girls of these days" - women's empowerment in India starts when you start treating us with respect and as adults.
While we protest against the gang rape in Delhi, lets ask ourselves: as individuals, what can we do against rape culture?
Savita Halappanavar's needless death was caused because doctors interpreted the outdated abortion law in Ireland at its worst
A tongue- in-cheek look at the modern husband and the importance of wives in their lives!!
India's obsession with fair skin begs the question, how do dark complexioned people ever get married?
Breastfeeding is best for the child, but is it easy? One Indian mom has a humourous account of her breastfeeding days.
Despite community initiatives, racism against UK Asians persists, including among young people who have absorbed the prejudices of those older.
What is gaslighting, and how an Indian woman often experiences it in subtle forms.
When misfortune strikes, sometimes, asking 'why me' gets us no answer; reflections on a pregnancy that was not to be.
What is Gaslighting? A feminist perspective on psychological abuse focused on making a victim doubt her own perception of reality
Makepeace Sitlhou, a young North Eastern origin woman shares her thoughts on her identity and her feelings after the recent exodus
Interview with Girish H.N. - the high jump athlete representing India at the Paralympics 2012 in London.
The fairness craze in India shows no stopping, nor the market for fairness creams. Why do we buy into the craze for a fair complexion?
The Mandana art of Rajasthan, a unique women's art passed down from mother to daughter
What indoor activities does Bengaluru (Bangalore) for kids? Find out in this exhaustive list of children's activities in Bangalore!
Women in Bollywood seem to be getting to play bigger roles, but are female characters in Indian cinema really getting stronger?
"How to acquire new skills" is a question of deep desire as much as necessity, says this aspiring entrepreneur
Despite awareness of child sexual abuse, many people think male child abuse does not occur!
Body image among children takes a beating when parents stress that only some kinds of bodies are acceptable - The #CanWeTalkAboutThis campaign
Challenging the status of widows in India is not just a function of legislation - but something all of us can do.
Goddess worship is common in India - and so is domestic violence.
The recent attack on a young woman in Guwahati is not an isolated incident, but part of a growing trend of moral policing of women
Artist Debapriya Gupta's Mothers and Daughters carries a plea to treasure and save the girl child in India
Will educating the girl child pave the road for women's empowerment in India? Can literacy improve the lives of poor Indian women?
Is astrology real? Can the stars give you health advice? Dr. Lakshmi writes on the real damage to health that blind belief can do.
Women's liberation in India is still very selective, with daughters encouraged to be independent - but only before marriage
Teaching your child honesty, while living in a corrupt world, is a scary proposition
When affairs are virtual - are they still 'real'? A look at virtual infidelity and what it means for relationships
A poem on the man who worships many goddesses, but proves his masculinity by beating his wife
Love And Life Behind The Purdah: Early Indian Women Writers covers a few remarkable books by from the 1900 – 1950 period.
Written over a hundred years ago, Pandita Ramabai Sarasvati’s The High Caste Hindu Woman feels relevant even today.
Prenatal classes for pregnant women are gaining popularity in India. How can they help the busy, expectant Indian moms of today?