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.

Voice of Saumya Srivastava

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

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

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

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 [#ShortStory]
the case for justice

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

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

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 [#ShortStory]
the decision

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

"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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Will A Feminist Man Be Ready To Let Go Of His Male Privilege?
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! [#ShortStory]
I am not a quitter

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

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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