Kasturi Patra

Kasturi Patra

At times, I’m a volcano waiting to erupt and at other times, I’m a just an evening cityscape waiting for tired souls to return from work and rest. After searching for it in the depth of the high seas and on the peaks of wild mountains, I finally found my purpose in life. All this while it was buried like a forgotten seed inside the deepest crevice of my soul, the only place that I’d forgotten to search! My purpose in life is to write, at least to make my best attempt at writing before I have to leave… Besides being a messy writer, I'm also a compulsive reader, an avid traveler, a staunch feminist, an animal lover, a food connoisseur, and a fitness enthusiast. I love to eat dark chocolates and cuddle up with my four furry and one human friend. :) Other than online publications, so far my work appeared in two print anthologies: 'Bengal Write Ahead Best 50 Stories from the Facebook Contest', published by Rupa Publications and 'Kunti’s Confessions & Other Short Stories: 15 exciting stories inspired by India’s best women authors' published by Women's Web. I blog at www.viakat.blog

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Missing book review
What Happens When A Wife Leaves Her Family Behind In Pursuit Of A Greater Cause?

Where should a woman's loyalties lie? Her family or a greater cause? Sumana Roy’s Missing revolves around this theme, drawing in bigger questions and paradoxes along with it.

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Is Adultery Law The Fevicol Holding Marriage Together? The Government Thinks So

If it's only the fear of legal punishment through our adultery law that keeps you from cheating on your spouse, then are you really in a happy and healthy marriage? 

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Anil Kapoor Stands Up For His ‘Moti’ Bacchi In Fanney Khan; Looks Promising!

The trailer of Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, and Rajkumar Rao starrer Fanney Khan is out and it seems Bollywood is becoming more real with its representations on screen.

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Sunny Leone trolled
Recent Trolling Of Sunny Leone For Family Pic Shows OUR Discomfort With Bold, Unapologetic Women

Sunny Leone trolled recently for a family photo posted online shows how people have a problem with strong, unapologetic women who want to lead lives on their own terms!

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Problems Of Raising A Feminist Child In Today’s World

Want to raise feminist children? Feminist writer Chaimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about the various challenges one faces in a society rooted in gender stereotypes. 

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Hey Trolls, Swara Bhaskar Masturbating In Veere Di Wedding Is Empowering Not Shameful!

Swara Bhaskar was trolled mercilessly yet again for her 'masturbation scene' in Veere Di Wedding, a sad reminder that talking about female sexuality is still taboo in India.

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Dear Jacqueline Fernandez, It’s High Time You And Other Celebs Understand That Consent Matters

In a recent incident, actor Jacqueline Fernandez coerced a seven year old boy to hug her when he clearly did not want to. When will our celebs learn the importance of Consent?

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Buzzfeed’s Video Addresses The Issue Of Non Consensual Porn And It Is Scary

The latest Buzzfeed video depicts how non consensual porn is thriving in India owing to the age old norm of victim-blaming along with the absence of proper laws to curb it. 

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4 Things That Happened When I Deactivated Facebook

When I deactivated Facebook, this is how my life changed. I'm still on an ongoing journey and if you too crave for some respite from social media. 

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The Multitalented Nandita Das Talks Candidly About Being A Woman Director And Her Various Roles In Life

Nandita Das recently spoke to Anupama Chopra about her experiences as a director, about life, and about everything she has been doing so far.

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My Ma Might Not Understand Feminism, Yet, She Helped Me Become A Feminist #MothersDay

This beautiful tribute to a single mom who braved huge odds to educate her daughter and raise her to become feminist - we guarantee, it will make you cry. 

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In The 21st Century, A Woman With Opinions Is Still ‘Dangerous’ To Indian Society

If you are an Indian woman with opinions of your own, chances are you already know that expressing them in public can be hazardous.

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Jasoda
Kiran Nagarkar’s Jasoda Is A Real Eye Opener About A Woman’s Grim Struggle [#BookReview]

After the delightful Ravan and Eddie, Kiran Nagarkar comes forth with Jashoda, an insightful book about a poor yet strong woman's struggle against her 'fate'.

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In This ‘New India’, Drawing A Cartoon Could Land You In Jail, But Supporting Rapists Is A-Okay!

Shamefully, an FIR was lodged against Journalist Swathi Vadlamudi, for her harmless cartoon of Ram and Sita to show the state of women's safety in India.

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Junot Diaz’ Story Of Childhood Abuse Moved Me; BUT We Have To Break The Cycle

While considering that a cycle of abuse can happen with victims turning abusers, we have to ask: do we accept it too easily when the perpetrators are men?

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5 Things That Older Women In A Relationship With Younger Men Want You To Know

An older woman and younger man. Why can't they be a couple? Why do Indians feel it is necessary for the man to be older in a relationship?

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Daisy Irani’s Horrific Story Should Warn Parents Not To Force Fame Down Their Children’s Throats

Daisy Irani, one of the most famous child stars of the 1950s, recently revealed that she was raped at the age of 6 years.

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Here’s Why Jacqueline Fernandez’s Remade ‘Ek Do Teen’ Number Made Me Cringe!

Jacqueline Fernandez's latest dance number, which is a remake of the Ek Do Teen song from Madhuri Dixit starrer Tezaab, made me cringe.

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Reflect This #InternationalWomensDay: Is Your Feminism Truly Inclusive?

Are we feminists as long as it suits us, or are we truly inclusive feminists? Here are some questions that might help you think further.

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These 5 Inspiring Women Aren’t Afraid To Follow Their Passions And Create Their Own Legacies

Find your quota of inspiration from these multi-talented women today who don’t shy away from chasing their professional AND creative ambitions!

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5 Reasons Why We Are Cheering The Breastfeeding Cover Of Grihalakshmi

Grihalakshmi's cover on breastfeeding has left the nation divided. However, here are 5 reasons why we're cheering the magazine for taking this step forward.

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Those Sweet Little Things Called ‘Love’

When Love is hidden in the nooks and crannies of sweet little things. A poem inspired by the way the writer experiences Valentine's Day.

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Bravo, Kangana, For Showing Us How Sisterhood Is Done In Competitive Bollywood!

Kangana Ranaut shows us hows Sisterhood is done in competitive Bollywood. She seems to be one of the biggest cheerleaders of her female colleagues.

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Love Is All We Need
Everybody Needs Love, But Do You Know Where To Look, Baby? #ValentinesDaySpecial

Irrespective of our relationship status, this Valentine's Day let's celebrate Love! Let's dig out love from those unexpected corners and revel in its glory.

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Pepsi’s Feminine Potato Chips Is A Brilliant Idea, But Here Are 5 More ‘Ladylike’ Products We Need

While we were busy fighting for gender equality, Pepsi decided to gift womankind with feminine chips. But why stop there, we want more such gendered products!

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‘Be More, Buy Less’ – My 2018 Goal To Live A Truly Mindful Life

This new year I plan to be more present and buy less things; to declutter my life and focus on meaningful pursuits.

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New Report Shows Female Genital Mutilation Is Still Prevalent In India: Will The Government Do Something To Stop It?

A new study shows how even as female genital mutilation (FGM) is being made illegal across the world, the Indian government has done little to stop it.

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Swara Bhaskar
Swara Bhaskar Trolled For Using The Term Vagina In Her Open Letter Exposes Our Patriarchal Mindsets

Swara Bhaskar getting trolled for her open letter about Padmaavat where she wrote 'she felt reduced to a vagina' proves how our culture is still deep-rooted in patriarchy

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Haq se
The Upcoming Web-Series ‘Haq Se’ That Gives Voice To Kashmiri Women Seems Like A Must Watch

The upcoming web-series, 'Haq Se' on Alt Balaji is based on Louisa May Alcott's 'Little Women' and gives voice to Kashmiri women in current times

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Sutapa Basu
Sutapa Basu’s Padmavati Tells Her Own Story, An Empowered Tale Of A Legendary Queen [#BookReview]

Wouldn't you want to know what went on in Padmavati's mind? What if the doomed queen herself were to narrate her story? Sutapa Basu lets us know in her outstanding book.

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Padman Might Be An Inspiring Movie, But Does Its Hero HAVE To Be North Indian?

Stories from South or East India are now finding favour across the country as Padman and Mary Kom show, but people who look like us are still not!

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KJo Apologizing For Body Shaming Alia Bhatt: Too Little, Too Late?

Karan Johar may have apologised for body shaming actor Alia Bhatt, but the apology has a bunch of issues. Here's why!

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Woman to woman
Every Indian Woman Will Find Herself Somewhere In Madhulika Liddle’s New Book [#BookReview]

The very title of Madhulika Liddle's recent short story collection, Woman To Woman caught my attention. When I read the blurb, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

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The Whole Shebang
Lalita Iyer’s The Whole Shebang Is Like Finding A Friend In Between The Pages Of A Book [#BookReview]

The Whole Shebang is Lalita Iyer's latest book about 'the sticky bits of being a woman', speaking to all women, no matter what their circumstances.

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Tired Of Typical Sexist Bollywood? These 5 Upcoming Hindi Movies Are A Refreshing Change!

These upcoming Hindi movies appear to be a breath of fresh air, at least as far as their trailers reveal. Stay tuned for these new releases!

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Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows Smashes Many Cultural Stereotypes While It Entertains! [#BookReview]

Erotica might not be everyone's cup of tea, but Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows delivers in more ways than one, making it a refreshing read!

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The Portrayal Of Muslim Women In Bollywood Is Stuck In A Time Warp, And Needs Some Serious Revamping

While the portrayal of Muslim women in films made in Bollywood has evolved over the last few decades, a lot is still left to be desired.

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This Kwality Walls Ad Made Us Cringe With Their ‘Reason’ For Celebration!

Indian advertisements have been repeatedly called out for their blatantly sexist messaging. This Kwality Walls ad celebrating a little girl's 'round rotis'...sigh.

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Kangana, Please Don’t Shut Up. This AIB Video Makes Us Vagina Owners Proud Of You!

Just when we thought it was impossible to love Kangana Ranaut even more, for her spunky interviews on all wrong with Bollywood today, we find we were wrong.

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mother in law's kitchen
My Future Mother In Law Asked Me, “Can You Cook?” Errr…Just Like Your Son Does?

Meeting her for the first time also introduced me to my mother in law's kitchen, though I could never take to it and the expectations it had of me.

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6 Reasons I Changed My Mind About Kangana Ranaut’s Recent Interview

Like many, this author initially felt Kangana Ranaut's recent Aap Ki Adalat interview was too 'conveniently' timed. What made her rethink? Read on!

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business as usual
Business As Usual [#Poetry]

Evocative poetry in the second person, penning the picture of a single mother making a living as a sex worker, a woman just trying to live her life.

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Priyanka Chopra Attacked For Wearing A Tricolour Dupatta With Western Clothes On Independence Day

Instead of taking pride in Priyanka Chopra's global achievements, all some trolls can see is her choice of attire!

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The mother's goodbye
The Mother’s Goodbye [#ShortStory]

My baby was my mother now. As my fingers brushed across my flat chest, I felt as if all the signs of motherhood were slowly eroding from my body.

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Kangana Starrer Simran’s Trailer Is Out – It Shows Bollywood Is Waking Up To ‘Flawed’ Women Protagonists

Kangana Ranaut starrer Simran's trailer is out, looks massively impressive and we can't wait for the movie to release!

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failed marriages
Is A Wife A Disposable Earning Machine Who Can Be Discarded Once Her Use Is Over? #TrueStory

This true story convinced me that even today, most women are solely blamed for failed marriages and receive little support from family and friends.

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sisters in Hindi movies
Why Is Sisterhood In Bollywood Movies So Rare When Bro Movies Are A Dime A Dozen?

Sisters in Hindi movies are a rarity unless they are sisters to a brother. But are the times changing for the better for themes of sisterhood?

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Taapsee Pannu Steals Our Hearts Through This Facebook Post That Proves She Is A Real Fighter

Remember the feisty Minal Arora from the empowering movie, Pink? Yes, Taapsee Pannu, the gutsy actress has stolen our hearts again.

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Dear Men, Why Does Lipstick Under My Burkha Frighten You So Much?

Some reactions to Lipstick Under My Burkha, and a few real life conversations show how afraid many are of independent women who dare to follow their hearts.

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Museum of memories
Museum Of Memories By Amrita Mukherjee Displays A Dizzying Variety Of Human Emotions [#BookReview]

Museum of Memories is a fabulous anthology of slice-of-life stories by Amrita Mukherjee, that touch you in many ways.

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Love Bi the Way
‘Love Bi The Way’ Promises A Good Addition To Indian LGBT+ Fiction…Does It Deliver? [#BookReview]

With a bisexual protagonist unusual in Indian fiction, Love Bi The Way by Bhaavna Arora had the potential to be so much more than it is.

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writing
As An Introvert, This Is Why I Need To Keep Writing – Perfect Way For A Lonely Soul To Talk To You!

Introverts too need social contact, and a lonely soul could do well to keep writing to connect with others and touch their soul, as I found out.

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mother who stood against all odds
The Story Of A Mother Who Stood Against All Odds For Her Children – My Mother, My Greatest Inspiration

I’d like to dedicate this post to my mother who stood against all odds to bring up her children with the ideals of self-respect, independence and kindness.

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Tanuja Chandra
“Women Have Always Had To Move Against The Tide!” Says Tanuja Chandra, Writer And Director

Tanuja Chandra, the co-writer for the hit movie Dil Toh Pagal Hain, and an acclaimed director too, now debuts with a book, Bijnis Woman.

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starting over
Never Too Late For Starting Over [#ShortStory]

"Yes, I am opting to leave your father. For 35 years, I’ve lived my life for him and for you all. I am tired now. The few years that are left of my life, I want to be free."

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equal partnership
Dear Mother In Law And Sundry Relatives, Do I Deserve Your Respect Only If I’m A Multitasking ‘Superwoman’?

Women today would rather have an equal partnership with their spouse, than do it all and be awarded with the label of superwomen!

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Should Mother’s Day Be Dedicated Only To Biological Mothers Or To The Spirit Of Motherhood?

Besides biological mothers, there are many other kinds of mothers too. Here's wishing a Happy Mother's Day to anyone who embodies the spirit of motherhood!

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This Upcoming Short Web Series Called ‘Mothers & Daughters’ Is Sure To Get You Excited

A new web series called Mothers & Daughters, starring Lilette and Ira Dubey promises to be warm, interesting and complicated - just like our relationships with our moms!

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Let This Video Show You How Owning Your ‘Unsexiness’ Is The New Sexy!

The new sexy is about being comfortable in your own skin, not whether you show look pretty and stereotypically 'feminine'. Here's more power to us in all our avatars, sexy or not!

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A window to her dreams
A Window To Her Dreams by Harshali Singh [#BookReview]

Harshali Singh's debut novel A Window To Her Dreams celebrates the indomitable spirit of a woman. Read on to find out more.

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No, I Won’t Apologize For Being A Feminist Just Because You Don’t Understand What Feminism Means!

What does feminism mean? It addresses the gender discrepancies women face daily, but it is most misunderstood, even by women themselves!

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I Personally Recommend These 18 Fabulous Books By Women Writers Across Genres As Good Reads For 2017

Looking for some good reads for 2017? Here are some personal recommendations of books by women authors that you’ll love!

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Yes All Women – A Short Poem Addressed To Men Standing By

Men have to take the onus in calling out sexism among men, rather than trying to hush women up with the 'not all men' excuse.

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These 2016 Movies From Bollywood Unpack Some Interesting, Bold And Pertinent Themes

Here's a list of 2016 movies from Bollywood that are totally worth watching because they deal with socially important and pertinent themes.

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The Realization [#ShortStory Winner – Muse Of The Month]

“How come it was okay for them to relentlessly pursue their careers? Why do I need to feel guilty about loving my job just because I possessed a vagina?” A short story. Here is the fifth winner of our December 2016 Muse of the Month contest, Kasturi Patra. The cue for this month was “There is love […]

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Parental Leave Can Go To Mom OR Dad, Says Deutsche Bank, In A Welcome Move

In a historic first step towards gender equality in India’s service sector, Deutsche Bank (DB) has recently made parental leave gender agnostic.

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The Internet’s Outrage Over Saif And Kareena’s Baby’s Name Shows How Intolerant Our Society Has Become

The outrage over Saif and Kareena's baby name only shows us what a sickeningly intolerant nation we have become.

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Using Makeup Or Photo Filters Doesn’t Mean That I Don’t Love Or Accept My Natural Self!

Using makeup is not all about objectifying yourself for the male gaze! It can be a woman's choice, and can make her feel good about herself!

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Vacation Reading List? Here Are 10 Must Read Books Featuring Strong Women Who Save The Day

Tired of stories featuring men as saviours? These books where women save the day make a great addition to your vacation reading list!

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Doing Graphic Scenes Without The Actor’s Consent? Not Ok, Mr. Director!

A rape scene in The Last Tango In Paris was filmed without the female actor's full consent. Sadly, this is not unheard of even in India.

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Here’s Why We’re Happy About Karan Johar Apologizing For Kajol’s ‘Transformation’ In KKHH

Even though it's eighteen years too late, Karan Johar apologizing for ‘transforming’ Kajol's appearance in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to suit the 'Sanskari Indian' standards, comes as a breath of fresh air.

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The Cast Of Hum Paanch Reunites: Here’s Why We Still Heart This Serial

Hum Paanch, one of the most popular serials of the nineties, still touches our hearts with its feminist portrayal of girls as they really are.

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Must Read Books On The Kaleidoscope Of The Mother Daughter Relationships

A mother daughter relationship is one of the most wonderful yet most intricate of relationships. Here are a few books to help you understand it better, no matter which side you belong on.

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Sushmita Sen’s Tweet On Donald Trump Proves Why She’s A Perfect Role Model For All Independent Women

Recently a twitter user questioned Barkha Dutt, if she would interview Sushmita Sen on Trump's misogynistic remark against former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. Here's what she had to say.

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Want To Counter Sexism At Work With Wit? Feminist Fight Club Is The Right Book For You

Every woman has dealt with some form of sexism or discrimination at work. The Feminist Fight Club book gives you some excellent pointers to handle the negativity.

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The Internet’s Dragging Jennifer Aniston Into The Brangelina Divorce, Shows Our Problematic Mindset About Women

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie divorce, but surprisingly Jennifer Aniston is dragged into this media gossip. Women including celebrities are still defined by their past relationships.

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Strong Women Characters In Graphic Novels Are Rare, But Here Are Some You Must Read About!

Strong women characters in graphic novels, a genre known for its misogynistic themes and macho men? Here are some you’re sure to love.

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This New Video Series Is Smashing Traditional Beauty Norms, And We Like It!

Women are always expected to follow rigid beauty standards however the 'Dispelling Beauty Myth' series breaks myths regarding beauty, ageing and gender identity. Here's more. 

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Twinkle Khanna And Akshay Kumar Show Us Why We Need To Leave The Old ‘Rules’ For Marriage Behind

Being always in the public eye can have negative effects on relationships. However Bollywood couple, Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna’s marriage, has survived the test of time. “The greatest marriages are built on teamwork. A mutual respect, a healthy dose of admiration, and a never-ending portion of love and grace.” – Fawn Weaver This is perhaps one […]

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Here’s Why The High Court Calling ‘Roka Ceremony’ A Social Evil, Is Commendable

The High Court calls 'Roka' a social evil. Are these marriage traditions relevant in these modern times?

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Amitabh Bachchan’s Letter To His Granddaughters Is Great, But What About The Women’s Contribution?

Amitabh Bachchan's letter to his grand-daughters is women empowering, however it still has a few discrepancies. Here's why. 

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In A Truly Progressive Move, Oyo Makes It Easier For Unmarried Couples To Book A Room

When it comes to sex outside marriage, unmarried couples still face social stigma. By introducing 'Oyo for couples', Oyo has taken an effective step in breaking this stigma. 

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Vidya Balan Yet Again Inspires Us, This Time With Her Views On Body Positivity

Talented actress Vidya Balan stands up for body positivity. It is not weight but fitness that matters to her the most.

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Dear Maneka Gandhi, Please Answer A Few Questions About Your Position On Paternity Leave

Maneka Gandhi's comment about men and paternity leave proves that leaders perpetrate sexist norms. Here's why the government should consider paternity leave in India.

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Rural Women’s Increasing Demand For Toilets Is Setting The Trend For A Cleaner India

Like many great changes it is women again, whose demands for toilets in rural India are helping improve the health, hygiene and of course safety.

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151 Priests Will Perform Post Death Rituals For Transgendered People. Cheers For Change!

In a major landmark, post death rituals of transgenders will be conducted. What a great initiative towards including them in them in the mainstream society.

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Letting Go [#ShortStory]

There was nothing for her in this stifling marriage. Maybe it was time she did some letting go...

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Lady, Please Don’t Marry For These Reasons!

Our reasons to get married are often all wrong, and often dictated by social norms. Shouldn't we think and decide what works best for us?

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Katie Ledecky Is A Big Winner, Yet Michael Phelps Is All We See!

This newspaper headlines on Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky indicates that we undermine women's achievements no matter how great they are. While we witness

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The Latest Dove Ad Wins Our Hearts With Its Takedown Of A Stereotyping Nursery Rhyme

The latest Dove ad challenges the stereotypes on beauty that is conveyed via the nursery rhyme ' Chubby Cheeks'  and says 'No' to rigid beauty standards.

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Why Should Irom Sharmila’s Choice Of Partner Be Anyone Else’s Business?

After sacrificing the prime years of her life for a greater cause, Irom Sharmila is questioned about her personal life. Women have ordinary desires too.

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‘Persepolis’ Author Marjane Satrapi Speaks To Emma Watson On Feminism

Marjane Satrapi is an Iranian born french graphic novelist who has an interesting take on feminism.  Read to know her words of wisdom. 

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Acid Attack Survivor, Reshma Qureshi Gears Up For The New York Fashion Week

Acid attack survivor Reshma Qureshi, is all set to dazzle in the New York Fashion Week. Watch her prized reaction in the video, after receiving the good news.

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Why Don’t More Indian Books Celebrate Women’s Friendships? [#FriendshipDaySpecial]

While internationally, there are books galore celebrating women friendships in fiction, there seems to be a distinct invisibility of female friendships in Indian books. Why?

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Open Your Minds! If We Do Not Put Restrictions On Our Boys, Then Why On Our Girls?

As we grow older, we need to use our education. Open your minds. Yes, I keep changing with age and so should you!

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16 Year Old Girl Raped, Murdered, And Burned In Delhi: Stalking Rears Its Ugly head Again

News of alleged stalkers turning into rapists came to the forefront last week when a 16 year old girl was raped and then set on fire in Delhi. 

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If We Plan To Teach Kids Compassion And Respect, We Need To Behave Ourselves First

We need to model good behaviour ourselves first, if we are to teach kids compassion and respect for their fellow human beings.

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Hollywood Actor Olivia Wilde Decides To Raise Her Son As A Feminist And We’re Inspired!

It is awe-inspiring when celebrities use their fame and credibility to send across a positive message. This is what Hollywood actor Olivia Wilde did. Read to know more. Olivia Wilde, besides being a renowned Hollywood star, is also a staunch feminist who believes in propagating gender equality. Not only that, she also tries inculcating the […]

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Feminism In Harry Potter? Not Obvious Despite Awesome Hermione Granger

Even though the series has many strong female characters, feminism in Harry Potter isn't all there. Here is why.

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The Harassment By A Jadavpur Uni Student Shows How Toxic The Sense Of ‘Entitlement’ Can Be

A group of young girls from Jadavpur university in Kolkata got together and used social media to highlight the harassment they faced.

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Dove’s New Ad Campaign #MyBeautyMySay Shatters The Stereotypical Image Of Beauty

Dove's new ad with the tagline #MyBeautyMySay is bound to steal your heart. It also requests media to stop objectifying women.

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Twinkle Khanna’s Recent Blog Post Punches Misogyny In The Face

Twinkle Khanna is a woman who knows her mind and boldly speaks her heart out. She nailed it yet again, when she wrote about Serena Williams.

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The ‘Honour Killing’ Of Qandeel Baloch Reveals Our Hatred For ‘Bold’ Women

Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch was killed by her brother in the name of 'honour killing.' What does this say to us as a society?

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The Choices We Make [#ShortStory]

Life can be terrible at times, but we can make a choice of making life beautiful for ourselves. It is all in our own hands.

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Kareena Kapoor Is Pregnant And Bollywood Handles It With Maturity!

According to recent news, Kareena Kapoor is pregnant. It’s great to see that motherhood need not be a limiting factor for female actors anymore. Kareen Kapoor Khan’s pregnancy is a happy news. However, what has increased our happiness even further is the fact that at least some people in Bollywood are acting as true professionals about it. Instead […]

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The Tattoo [#ShortStory]

It was not just a tattoo. It was an expression of her breaking free from the shackles that she had initially accepted, even welcomed.

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BLAME. A Poem Inspired By The Stanford Rape Incident

The Stanford rape incident is proof of all that is wrong with our society today. Here is an anguished poem inspired by it, which speaks for all women everywhere.

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A Change Of Heart. May 2016 Muse Of The Month Winning Entry By Kasturi Patra

Sometimes circumstances teach you more than anyone else can. A touching tale of love and epiphany. May 2016 Muse of the Month winning entry.

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Tanmay Bhat Decodes Feminism In A Few Minutes, Winning A Feminist’s Heart!

This rant by Tanmay Bhat, stand-up comedian at AIB, takes on the misconceptions about feminism, which make people shy away from calling themselves feminists.

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You Are Beautiful! [Poem]

Beauty cannot be defined, nor can it be contained. It comes from within, and this beauty can come in every body size. 

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This Is Why I Loved The Movie Nil Battey Sannata

Nil Battey Sannata is a Hindi movie that had recently been released across theatres in India. Here is why it resonated with me, why I loved the movie.

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Raise Confident Girls By Encouraging Them To Buy Their Own Sanitary Napkins

Why are periods shameful? Break the silence around periods by encouraging young girls to buy their own sanitary napkins, and see them grow into confident girls!

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Let Us Not Forget That Feminism Is For Everyone, Irrespective Of Gender

We need to be compassionate and sympathetic towards people irrespective of their gender, if we profess a belief in feminism. A thoughtful article.

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Dear Ad Agencies, A Jealous Husband Isn’t ‘Cute’. Stop Showing Jealousy As Love!

A jealous husband is not cute, no matter what advertisements might say! Marriages should be based on trust, and an equal position for both.

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What Is So Daring About Motherhood?

The Motherhood Dare on social media, which celebrates mothers, is hurtful to those women who are not mothers, or unable to become a mother.

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One Day At A Time. April 2016 Muse Of The Month Winning Entry By Kasturi Patra

Sometimes, who you are born as doesn't matter - trying to rise above it does. April 2016 Muse of the Month winner.

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Here’s How The Ocean Put Me In Touch With Myself, Changing My Life Completely

You can get in touch with your inner self with nature. Spending time with nature can not only be relaxing, it can be inspiring, for a better life. 

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The Smell Of Oranges [Fiction – Exploring Men’s Emotions]

What do men feel when a relationship ends? Do they feel the loss as acutely as we women do? A flash fiction piece exploring men's emotions.

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Dear Artistic Souls: Your Dreams Are Valid. March 2016 Muse Of The Month Winning Entry By Kasturi Patra

If you have a passion, follow it. And if you can earn your living using your passion, go for it! It is never too late. Do not give up your present for your future!

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From Roots To Wings. February 2016 Muse Of The Month Winning Entry By Kasturi Patra

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.

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How Can A Simple Thing Like A Gratitude Jar Bring More Happiness Your Way?

One of the simplest way to bring more happiness into your life is to be grateful for everything you have. Have a Gratitude Jar. And see it attract happiness.

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Sands Of Time. January 2016 Muse Of The Month Winning Entry by Kasturi Patra

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.

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You Only Live Once (Short Story)

Relationships change over time. What we think is important for us now, might not remain so. Do we have the courage to take hold of our lives and live it, then?

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Reading Gives Us Someplace To Go When We Have To Stay Where We Are

In this winning entry of December BookTalk writing theme, Kasturi Patra writes beautifully on how books made her make the choices she finally made in her life. A moving post.

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The Goddess Who Left Her Temple [Flash-Fiction]

In this very thought provoking piece of flash fiction, Kasturi Patra writes, why the beloved Goddess have left the temple, not to return.

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These Women-Centric Inspiring Advertisements Are Worth A Look!

These women centric ads are making rounds on the Indian Television, and for all the right reasons. They take us a step forward.

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How We As Women Can Let Go Of Sexism

Sadly, Sexism has become a part of our everyday life. We as women too, add to sexism, sometimes by making remarks on someone's skin color or choices. Its high time we let it go.

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