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Depending on which story you pick, Deepavali celebrates the return of Rama to Ayodhya after his 14 years in exile, or the slaying of the demon Narakasura by Krishna. I am sure there are other stories, often varying from one part of India to another, but irrespective of the story you pick, Deepavali is about lighting up our lives – visibly, with diyas and candles, and less visibly, by opening up our hearts – to the less fortunate, to happiness in new places and to new ways of seeing and doing.
So, here’s wishing all Women’s Web readers a very, very Happy Deepavali. Hope that it brings everyone of you good things and good times with your loved ones.
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One again, wishing everyone a beautiful, fun-filled, thoughtful Deepavali!
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He said that he needed sometime to himself. I waited for him as any other woman would have done, and I gave him his space, I didn't want to be the clingy one.
Trigger Warning: This deals with mental trauma and depression, and may be triggering for survivors.
I am someone who believes in honesty and trust, I trust people easily and I think most of the times this habit of mine turns into bane.
This is a story of how a matrimonial website service turned into a nightmare for me, already traumatized by the two relationships I’ve had. It’s a story for every woman who lives her life on the principles of honesty and trust.
And when she enters the bedroom, she sees her husband's towel lying on the bed, his underwear thrown about in their bathroom. She rolls her eyes, sighs and picks it up to put in the laundry bag.
Vasudha, age 28 – is an excellent dancer, writer, podcaster and a mandala artist. She is talented young woman, a go getter and wouldn’t bat an eyelid if she had to try anything new. She would go head on with it. Everyone knew Vasudha as this cheerful and pretty young lady.
Except when marriage changed everything she knew. Since she was always outdoors, whether for office or for travelling for her dance shows, Vasudha didn’t know how to cook well.
Going by her in-laws definition of cooking – she had to know how to cook any dishes they mentioned. Till then Vasudha didn’t know that learning to cook was similar to getting an educational qualification. As soon as she entered the household after her engagement, nobody was interested what she excelled at, everybody wanted to know – what dishes she knew how to cook.