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Shruti Giri writes as a way to express her emotions and keep herself sane. Her writing stems from her own experiences and is highly relatable to other readers.
Women’s Web is all about enabling women to tell their own stories, and what makes these stories so resonant, are that they are the real voices of our community. Every month, we feature three such contributors who have inspired, entertained or encouraged others to think.
This March 2018, Shruti Giri is one of our three Featured Authors of the month. You can view Shruti’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 started writing to vent out, honestly. I am not an introvert but I am bad at expressing things. I can’t express anger, disappointment or any of the emotions and after a while it gets difficult to handle it all. I write to get these emotions out and keep myself sane.
Writing gave me the purpose of my life when I needed it the most. It helps me to find my way. Now it has become my passion, though I still have a long, long way to go. I am still an amateur when it comes to writing.
What do you enjoy reading? Does any of it help your writing?
I love reading psychological books and sometimes, motivational. They help me in understanding emotions, feeling and mind sets of different people, from different background, in a different situations. It helps me to cope up with my stress levels.
I can’t call myself a voracious reader but whatever books I have read, have had a great impact on my life and the way I am today.
I think the more you read the more you understand yourself.
When it comes to writing for and about women, what questions and issues drive you the most?
I call myself a die hard feminist and it hurts when people don’t get the real meaning of it. The saddest part is, today everyone defines feminism according to their conveniences.
One more issue related to women which drives me crazy at times is women don’t support the other woman.
They fail to understand that we all share so many things in common – so if we are together we can run the world.
Could you narrate an issue or incident in your life which you think was gender related, and you handled it in a way that has made you proud.
I breastfed my friend’s baby when they were in need. My friend got hospitalized for a few days when her son was not even a year old. I did it for one night but the act has made me proud of being a woman fora lifetime.
I don’t know this if incident is worth sharing or not but I felt so proud about myself after that. I was proud to say that I am a woman and a mother and could do that.
Name 3 other writers or bloggers on Women’s Web whose writing you enjoy reading.
I love each and every woman who choose to write and express herself.
My favorites are Rashmi Raj, Anupama Dalmia and Kanika G. I was new on Women’s Web and the first article I read was from Rashmi Raj. I loved her entry for the muse of the month. Kanika’s ‘The Frightening Fairy Tale‘ is one of my favorites. Anupama is the reason I keep on writing. She is an inspiration.
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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.
This can have a drastic effect on other victims of domestic violence. It will also encourage the abuser that they can now threaten their victim that he/she may end up like Amber Heard on the internet.
The lives of actors, be they from Hollywood or Bollywood, trouble my peace. Though they are worshipped by their fans, the real-life of many is quite troubled. It is scary to see what money and fame can do to a person. These are the people who have made me realize that fame and money are not that important.
I usually try to avoid reading about actors and their lives but there is no escape when the internet gets flooded with news and you come across it again and again as it happened with Aryan Khan’s arrest, Will Smith slapping Chris Rock, or now Amber Heard v/s Johnny Depp case.
We clearly see the pattern of uncivilized society in the above-mentioned cases where the mass verdict is passed even before the jury or judge passes the sentence. Usually, there is no middle ground for these people who are just there to make a topic trending on the internet. One is black and the other is white, there are no shades of grey for these modern-day witch hunters.