sandhya renukamba

sandhya renukamba

In her role as the Editor & Community Manager at Women’s Web, Sandhya Renukamba is fortunate to associate every day with a whole lot of smart and fabulous writers and readers. A doctor turned writer, she has been one of the oldest writers at Women’s Web. Sandhya lives in a house full of books, and has been published at various prestigious publications which include Saffron Tree, The Alternative, ArtsyCraftsyMom, Goodbooks, MyCity4Kids, The Tribune, and much else.

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A Right To Her Own Self
she is born a woman

#Poetry. A woman often has no right to her own self, simply because she is born a woman. When will this change? When will she be able to own her self and her life?

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Why I Am Thankful Today For The Kindness Of Strangers

No matter how bad we think the world is, people are intrinsically good, and do help in times of need, as this personal account of the kindness of strangers proves.

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12 Scrumptious Chocolate Themed Books By Women Authors To Binge On Today, For World Chocolate Day!
books on chocolate

Today, 7th July, is World Chocolate Day. What would be more perfect than checking out a list of delectable books on chocolate, and adding them to your to-be-read list?

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Double Or Quits Is An Interesting Metro Read That You Can Pick Up For A Rainy Day [#BookReview]
Double or Quits

Double or Quits by Shilpa Gupta is a pageturner that brings you a strong woman protagonist who refuses to stay down despite circumstances.

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21 Literary Mother’s Day Quotes That Are Not All About Sweetness And Light

These Mother's Day quotes tell you to stop putting mothers on a pedestal. Motherhood is beautiful but it can also be about conflict, negotiation, acceptance and identity issues.

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This World Disability Day- An Amazing Fest Of Inclusive Stories For Kids

Check out these books on inclusive stories for kids on Saffron Tree, during their online festival CROCUS, this World Disability Day, 3rd December.

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Sania Mirza Hits An Ace Back At Rajdeep Sardesai’s Paternalistic Question. Game, Set, Match!

So, Sania Mirza, the no 1 tennis player who has very firmly put India on the world sports map, has yet again faced the inevitable consequence of being a woman.

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No Matter How Dark Things Seem To Be, There Is Always A Better Tomorrow

Life might seem hopeless when a relationship fails, but there is life beyond all that, in which YOU are important.

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10 Things Our Readers Said They Would Like To Let Go For A Better Life [#TuesdayTalkies]

We asked you, our readers, "If there is one thing you could let go from your life, what would it be, and why?" Here are the 10 best answers from our readers.

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Grow Up Boys! Holi Celebrations Don’t Need To Be An Unholy Mess.

The festival of Holi has become a convenient reason for street harassment of women, what with the licence to misbehave that men take. 

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Unwomanly Behaviour, Anyone?

Who decides what should be accepted feminine behaviour? Why can't we just be ourselves? Human beings who can be unique?

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Behind Closed Doors: Domestic Violence In India [Book Review]

Domestic violence can reduce most women to a cowering victim. This is a collection of narratives by 17 women who are survivors of domestic violence, and who have been courageously come out with their stories.

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This Christmas Book List With Reccos For All Ages Will Make Your Holiday Joyous!

Christmas is a time for families to bask in the warmth of the festive season. This Christmas book list with suggestions for every age helps you usher in the festival spirit.

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How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways [Poem]

The poem here describes the author's intense love for books in evocative verse. The books define her, and make up a large part of her life. Read this third winning entry for our December Book Talk theme.

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Are The Festivals Of India Unfair To Women?

Are the festivals in India unfair to women? Are our festivals male-centric? Sandhya writes a thoughtful post.

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#IAm16ICanRape [Book Review]

Kirtida Gautam’s un-put-downable book, #IAm16ICanRape, is a hard-hitting, brilliant fictional deconstruction of a rape case.

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10 Must Read Memoirs By Women Of The Subcontinent

We bring 10 must read memoirs by women of the subcontinent. Books that will inspire and make us look at ourselves in a different way.

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Painful Sexual Intercourse (Dyspareunia) In Women: Causes And Cure

Painful Sexual Intercourse or Dyspareunia in women is a common experience though hardly talked about. This piece, talks about its causes and cure.

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7 Common Myths About Osteoporosis That You Must Know Of Today

You are young, eat well and are healthy too. So you think you can't get Osteoporosis? Think again. Here are 7 common myths about Osteoporosis, you must know.

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The Other End Of The Corridor [Book Review]

The Other End Of The Corridor by Sujata Rajpal brings alive a protagonist caught in the web of a patriarchal society. Will she find her way out?

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Ananya: A Bittersweet Journey [Book Review]

Ananya: A Bittersweet Journey, by Shilpa Gupta, is an interesting page-turner that deals with the various complexities involved in teenage lives.

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Shaping Women Through Mythology : Women Of The Ramayana

The women of the Ramayana, especially Sita, have become benchmarks for Indian women over time. Here is a list of books with various approaches to the women of the Ramayana.

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Baby Makers : The Story Of Indian Surrogacy [Book Review]

Gita Aravamudan's new book, Baby makers, is an in-depth and emotionally charged exploration of Indian surrogacy, aided by real life surrogacy stories.

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Are Your Bones Weaker Than You Think?

When it comes to good health, the small things matter. Read on to find out what a lack of Calcium and Vitamin D may be doing to your body.

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The Half Mother [Book Review]

Shahnaz Bashir, in The Half Mother, brings to us a tale of ordinary civilians under attack, and the struggle of a lone woman for her right to dignity and life.

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Queens, Consorts And King-Makers: Powerful Books On Powerful Women

Through the history of the world, there have been a few extraordinary women to wield authority. Here are some powerful books on these powerful women.

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12 Must Read School Stories For Children (And The Curious Adult)

Most of us love school stories, but do not know of others beyond Enid Blyton and Harry Potter. Here are 12 must read lesser known school stories.

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The Winds Of Hastinapur [Book Review]
The Winds of Hastinapur, by Sharath Kommaraju

The winds of Hastinapur, by Sharath Kommaraju, explores The Mahabharata in a way that has never been done before - through the eyes of an ensemble all-woman cast.

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Women Write And Read Only Sentimental Nonsense. Seriously?
Stereotypes about women writers

Stereotypes about women writers and readers as narrow in their reading aptitudes and 'sentimental' still exist, but they harm both women and men.

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9 Lesser Known Books That Inspire Change For The World’s Women

Besides ‘big name’ books such The Female Eunuch and The Vagina Monologues, some lesser known books too inspire change for women.

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Have you ever lost something that seems trivial, and yet so important at that moment? A story of losing and recouping, all in the course of a day.

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More Than Just Biryani
More than just Biryani, Andaleeb Wajid

Love a well-written, feel good, heart-warming love story, and love good food, too? Andaleeb Wajid’s More Than Just Biryani is the perfect book to read.

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Alternative Careers In Health
alternative careers in health

Wish to work in health but have no medical degree? Have a medical background, but want to branch out? Here are alternate careers in health.

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Fit To Fight by Vesna P. Jacob
fit to fight vesna p jacob

Vesna P. Jacob’s book, Fit to Fight is an invaluable resource for women who want to feel safer by knowing how they can defend themselves.

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Parenting Teens In Modern Times By Anju Musafir-Chazot
parenting teens in modern times

Parenting Teens In Modern Times by Anju Musafir-Chazot is the perfect resource for the bewildered parent caught between ground realities of Indian culture, western-centric parenting sites/books, and a ‘cool’ teenager.

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Fast And Fun Lunch Box Ideas
lunch box ideas

What are some quick, easy and interesting lunch box ideas that don’t compromise on health and nutrition?

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She Is Born A Woman

She is born a woman. Will she ever be able to be true to herself without being apologetic or being made to feel guilty about wanting to be herself?

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I’m Pregnant, Not Terminally Ill, You Idiot!
Im Pregnant Lalita Iyer Book Review

Lalita Iyer’s book, I’m Pregnant, Not Terminally Ill, You Idiot! is an almost clairvoyant peek into the mind of every woman who goes through a pregnancy.

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Sex Education For Children – Help From Books
Sex education for children

Convinced of the need for sex education for children, but having trouble teaching kids about the birds and bees? Books to the rescue!

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Hitched: A Close Look At Arranged Marriage
Book review: Nandini Krishnan's Hitched

Nandini Krishnan’s Hitched is an up-close and personal look at arranged marriages in the lives of today’s urban, educated, and progressive Indian women.

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Oleander Girl

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's book Oleander Girl is a story of a young woman's search for her parentage and consequently her identity.

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The Secretary
Book review: Kim Gattas’ The Secretary

Kim Gattas’ The Secretary gives us an interesting insight into Hillary Clinton’s tenure as the US Secretary of State.

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10 Movies To Watch With Young Kids
Movies to watch with kids

Here are 10 movies to watch with kids that will be a godsend for parents to keep little ones occupied during vacations.

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Follow Every Rainbow
Rashmi Bansal's Follow Every Rainbow

Rashmi Bansal’s Follow Every Rainbow is a collection of inspiring, real life stories of some strong women who’ve charted their own paths.

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Watch Out! 6 Red Flags For Women’s Health
Common health problems in Indian women

What are the red flags that indicate common health problems in women? We tell you the signs that every woman must watch out for.

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Kith And Kin
Sheila Kumar's Kith and Kin

Sheila Kumar’s Kith And Kin is an almost voyeuristic peek into the lives of the Melekat clan, written in an unusual format.

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5 Books To Read When Dealing With Grief

The loss of loved one stakes a toll on women’s health; sometimes books can help when dealing with the grief.

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The Barbification Of India
Preventing objectification of the girl child in India

As gender stereotyping affects every girl child in India, teaching kids to look beyond pinks and princesses becomes even more pertinent.

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Adi Parva
Book review of Amruta Patil’s Adi Parva

Amruta Patil’s Adi Parva is a feminist retelling of the Mahabharat, with an interesting focus on its women characters.

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Focus On Ability, Not Disability
India Inclusion Summit

The recent India Inclusion Summit was an eye opener on Disability in India; Sandhya Renukamba shares her experience

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Warrior In A Pink Sari: A Sampat Pal Biography
Sampat Pal: Warrior In A Pink Sari

Warrior In A Pink Sari is an autobiographical account of Sampat Pal, the feisty leader of Uttar Pradesh’s Gulabi Gang.

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5 Rituals For Diwali Celebrations With Family

Diwali celebrations with family are always fun! Tips for Indian moms to make Diwali more special by including some meaningful family rituals.

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Dealing With Peer Pressure As A Parent
Help for Indian moms to deal with peer pressure

No doubt children face peer pressure; but it can also affect parents. Some tips for Indian moms to deal with peer pressure.

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The Taming Of Women
Book review of P.Sivagami's The Taming Of Women

P.Sivakami’s The Taming Of Women is a rustic story of the conflicts and struggles between tenacious women and tyrannical men.

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Teaching Kids Equality And Respect
Teaching kids about equality and respect

Tips for teaching kids about equality and respect, which will help them grow up to be balanced and responsible individuals.

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My Childhood Friend
Friendship Story

Sandhya writes about a friendship in which dissimilarities and differences simply don’t matter for our Friendship Story writing theme.

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10 Books For Teaching Kids About Diversity

Teaching kids about diversity though important can be quite challenging for many parents. Here are 10 books about diversity for kids!

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The Diary Of A Young Girl
Anne Frank's Diary

Sandhya talks about The Diary Of A Young Girl - the heartbreaking journal of Anne Frank describing the cruelty of Nazi persecution.

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