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Ritwika Roy Mutsuddi is an avid blogger who finds that writing is really her way of expressing herself. She shares here her thoughts on writing and especially, writing on women's issues.
Ritwika Roy Mutsuddi is an avid blogger who finds that writing is really her way of expressing herself. She shares here her thoughts on writing and especially, writing on women’s issues.
Finding inspiration in her kids and writing about life as a parent, she is also a strong advocate for women’s rights – starting from women’s place in the family. Ritwika is one of our three featured authors, for June 2017. You can find Ritwika’s writing at Women’s Web here.
Authors are often asked this question, but everyone has their own reasons, very personal to them. So, why do you write?
I am basically an introverted person who doesn’t express much with spoken words but can express a lot better when I write. I write to share my experiences and thoughts.
When and how did you first begin writing?
I used to write as a child but later due to studies and then marriage and motherhood, writing had taken a backseat. I had started sharing my parenting experiences on various platforms and also in my blogs and that’s how my writing journey began again!
Do you have a muse?
I mostly write about parenting, so you can guess my muse! I also love writing about women’s issues and various relationships.
Where do you get your ideas from?
My kids are my biggest inspiration for writing. Apart from that daily incidents around me or in the world. Relationships between different people inspire me. I love reading other authors’ blogs mostly; I am not an avid book reader.
When it comes to writing on/for/about women, what questions and issues drive you the most?
Gender inequality, gender bias, women not getting equal opportunities despite having all the talent and working hard, women still treated as ‘paraya dhan’ by parents and as outsiders by in-laws, the girl child not being welcomed happily; I can go on and on…
Anything you’d like to tell others who would want to write?
I would simply say – don’t think much, just write from the heart. Write in simple words which people can relate to.
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