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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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The incident took place ten years ago.
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Trigger Warning: This has graphic descriptions of violence and may be triggering to survivors and victims of violence.
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