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Vaishali Gandhi delves into her own experiences as a single mom to share meaningful ideas that resonate with other women.
Vaishali Gandhi delves into her own experiences as a single mom to share meaningful ideas that resonate with other women. Her chosen moniker, ‘Soul Mom’ is something that she surely lives up to!
Every month, here at Women’s Web, we recognise the work of three exceptional contributors, from the over 2000 women and men who share their ideas, experiences, and insights here. This October 2017, Vaishali Gandhi is one of our 3 Authors of the Month. You can find her writing at Women’s Web here, and on her own blog.
Authors are often asked this question, but everyone has their own reasons, very personal to them. So, why do you write?
Writing for me is a reflection of what goes on in my inner world. I like to share my thoughts, opinions, emotions, information – whenever there’s a strong urge to do so. The way I like to look at it – my words are an expression of what makes me, me.
What do you enjoy reading? Does any of it help your writing?
I enjoy reading across genres – non-fiction, fiction, parenting, finances, news, magazines, comics, to name a few. In fiction, I quite enjoy thrillers and crime. In non-fiction, personal and spiritual growth in particular have always captured my interest.
I believe reading and writing are two sides of the mirror. Everything I read expands my imagination and vocabulary, which translates in my writing. My first book as an author, ‘Small Servings of Wellness’, encapsulates many of my readings.
When it comes to writing on/for/about women, what questions and issues drive you the most?
Being a single mom and having put divorce behind me, the issues related to these life situations drive me the most. The strong urge to share my life experiences and reach out to women in similar situations led me to start my blog. Women empowerment is a subject close to heart. To live a life to our fullest potential and to enable others to do so, is something I’m passionate about.
Do you a consider yourself a feminist? Why/Why not?
I personally don’t believe in being labeled. But I do have a voice in support for equality of genders on all fronts – social, political, economic and personal.
Name 3 other writers or bloggers on Women’s Web whose writing you enjoy reading.
Though I haven’t read as many authors on Women’s Web as I would have liked to, the 3 names that come to mind – Editor Aparna Singh, Shailaja Vishwanath, and Pooja Sharma Rao.
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Relatives kissing children's penises made me wonder how this is leaving boys vulnerable to potential abuse under the garb of affection.
As we witness in all Indian family gatherings – whether a wedding, a birthday, or a summer vacation – nostalgia soaks us all.
However, one such gathering exposed me to a horrific practice that, though common in many houses worldwide, is very problematic.
It all started with my horror at hearing one of the supposedly funny anecdotes about my cousin’s birth.
Many men suffer from an inferiority complex when their women are earning. They feel their wives will rise higher in the professional worlds.
I hear many women tell me about how they are privileged that their husbands do not want them to work.
One claims that her husband wants her to have a luxurious life and just relax and rest. Another feels her husband just wants her to stay at home and enjoy cooking. Some feel that their husbands just want them to look after the children. Some other women look at these women and feel that they are so lucky and fortunate to have such loving and caring husbands.
My question to these luxurious women is that then why did you educate yourselves? Why did you painstakingly study? Is your purpose in life to only be dependent on your husbands for money? Do you not have any skills that can be utilized? What about teaching and showing others what you have learnt.