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“I See Women Plain And Simple, As Human Beings”: Pradhi, Author Of The Month, June 2018

Pradhi's stories strike a chord with readers because they are instantly recognisable - situations that many of us thought about, whether it is dating a divorcee or considering life in a joint family.

Pradhi’s stories strike a chord with readers because they are instantly recognisable – situations that many of us have thought about, whether it is dating a divorcee or considering life in a joint family. She brings a ‘little something new’ to the familiar that lifts it out of the ordinary. 

Women’s Web is powered by an incredible community of (now) 3000 contributors, who bring their experiences, views and knowledge to share with others in the community. Every month, we recognise three of them as the Authors of the Month. This June 2018, Pradhi is one of our three Featured Authors of the Month. You can view Pradhi’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? 

Born to read and write, had lost the touch with writing since formal schooling got over. Honestly, Women’s Web inspired me to write. When I would read diverse stories and opinions, I realized I too have a book full of experiences to share and someone could find it worth in her life’s crossroads!

What do you enjoy reading? Does any of it help your writing?

Anything and everything from fiction to business to self-help books. Lately, real life narrations and biographies have caught my interest.

The reading definitely shapes my thoughts, sometimes gives spark to an issues which was at the back of my mind and helps me express myself about it.

When it comes to writing on/for/about women, what questions and issues drive you the most?

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I think there are no issues on/for/about women, it is issues of our society and historical mind-set. I see women plain and simple, as human beings – with the same needs, preferences and place in the universe as every human being has irrespective of the gender. Hence every writing of mine is about issues of humanity and incidentally all references are about women as being one I can relate to them better.

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 think my decision to marry created the most storms in my life. I married a divorcee and no, I am not a divorcee myself. This too was gender related because we as a society think that a ‘second hand’ wife is fine as the man is obliging her by giving her a second chance at marriage. I say NO, nobody gives anyone a chance – it’s two mature individuals who love and respect each other and enjoy each other’s company to grow old with. I am proud because I could bring change in the way people around me look at the phenomenon of a failed marriage now.

What are the things you would like to write about in the future for Women’s Web?

I would love to continue writing and reading at Women’s Web. Progressing from a girl to a woman and now a mother, I would love to write about learnings and mistakes that shaped my journey of womanhood.

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