Saumya Srivastava

Saumya Srivastava

I did my MBA in finance and was part of the corporate world of market research for 5.5 years (on and off). I'm a mother of a beautiful and demanding baby girl. I'm a traveler in a day, and writer by night. I love to share my own experiences and listen from others. Routine repels me and I aim to explore each day.

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Fly High My Child! You Are Ready, But I May Never Be

A poignant post about a mother who is happy to see her toddler grow into a confident child. She wonders if she will ever be ready to let her little bundle of joy explore the world on her own.

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the pen
I Indulge In My Long Standing Love Affair With The Pen When I Write Notes To My Husband

I began my writing life with the pencil, but the pen has my heart, and holds it even today, when I write more often on my laptop, typing away.

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The Hatred That Killed The Child From Kathua? It Didn’t Rise Up In One Day…

This needs to be said: in this country, we, the so-called ‘educated crowd’ have normalised communal hatred. The brunt was borne by an innocent child. In December 2012, my husband and I came back from a year stint in London. We were given a temporary accommodation at the Infosys campus where he was working then. […]

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having a kid
A Tale Of 5 Women: Is Having A Baby The Solution To All Your Problems? Think

Consciously planning for a baby is crucial in a society that thinks having a kid is a solution for most problems... Hello! Do you realise what you are doing?

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love doesn't fade
Love Doesn’t Fade, It Only Gets Hidden Until Something Unexpected Lights It Up! My Story

Love doesn't fade away if it is nurtured, even if it seems to. It just remains hidden, and dazzles you at the most unexpected moments. #MyTrueStory

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The Ex-Files: When I Lost love, But Found Hope

This bittersweet note to an old boyfriend will have you looking back at your own loves nostalgically. Here's to love - and learning from love.

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one Indian girl
Dear India, Let’s Talk… Love, One Indian Girl

A brutally honest letter from one Indian girl to the country, telling it as it is, and demanding her autonomy and due respect from a patriarchal nation.

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becoming a mother
And I Realised The Truth Of My Mom’s Words: “Jab Khud Ma Banogi, Tab Pata Chalega!”

This is my story of becoming a mother, a story of insecurity, faith, and love. And it is not easy, never easy - something we understand only after giving birth.

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grandfather
When My Grandfather Began His Stories With “Beta Hamare Zamane Mein Toh…” – It Was Magic!

The author speaks of her childhood memories of a loved grandfather, a man in his 90s today, who has stories to tell -- “Beta hamare zamane mein toh…”

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normal delivery
#MyPregnancyStory: I Battled. I Delivered. I Survived. I Brought Forth A New Life

What goes through a woman's mind as she gives birth? Read this true first person account of a normal delivery, and you'll know the strength of a woman.

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my pregnancy
#MyPregnancyStory: Alive And Kicking, Month By Month

A gorgeous daughter was born to us 3 years ago, and this is my pregnancy story. A story of growing as a mother through the pregnancy

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the case for justice
The Case For Justice [#ShortStory]

“If only you had taught Rohit to respect a woman and her decisions. I am sure your parents did not give you that liberty, but you had the privilege to right a wrong.”

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Diwali is about family
Why Diwali Means A Lot More Than The Lights And The Festive Food To Me

Diwali is about the festivities, the food, and the lights, yes. But more than anything, Diwali is about family - getting together and feeling that love in the very air.

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Bado ka aashirwad
No Cash As “Bado Ka Aashirwad” Please – Let’s Make Family Get-Togethers About Family Time Only!

The 'bado ka aashirwad' that is given in large amounts of cash at family get-togethers - can't love be expressed without these cash heavy gifts?

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What Children Get, Adults Don’t. Who Will Do The Learning?

What children get instinctively - acceptance - is sorely lacking in adults. Is it too late to learn?

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the decision
The Decision [#ShortStory]

In order to kill time and hunger, we ordered rupees 25/plate of chola-bhatura along with a mineral water. We looked the same silly people we were when we met at the age of 17 and 18.

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to be strong for your child
No Matter How Difficult The Situation, You Need To Be Strong For Your Child. They Bank On You

"You need to be strong for your child, even if you are hurting inside," says the author in this intensely personal account of inner strength.

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male privilege
Will A Feminist Man Be Ready To Let Go Of His Male Privilege?

Because men are born with privilege – male privilege – while women are still fighting for their version of any privilege!

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My Mother Taught Me The Spirit Of Motherhood, But So Did My Husband!

A beautiful note on the spirit of motherhood: Motherhood is about nurturing, and sometimes, a mother emerges from a place that one doesn't expect.

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I am not a quitter
I Am Not A Quitter! [#ShortStory]

“I may not succeed but it will kill me to think I didn’t even try. If anything, I am not a quitter, Shaan. That’s not what my child will learn from me.”

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identity of a woman
Newsflash! Marriage Doesn’t Change A Woman’s Identity And Shouldn’t Make Her Dependent On Others

Why should the identity of a woman be dependent on her marital status? Can't she be her own person who can decide things for herself?

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Inside Story: “Why Did You Leave Your Job?” #MomShaming

"Why did you leave your job?" The dismissiveness that accompanies this question to mothers who choose to leave paid work is disheartening.

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