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We need positive stories to keep up our belief in the human condition. Here are 5 of the many positive stories we shared with you, our readers, in 2019.
With so much that is going wrong in the world today, we also need to pick out the shining stars, the sunshine, that people can radiate from the goodness of their hearts, or from the inner drive that makes us strive even against odds, affirming our belief in humanity.
So here we bring you 5 of our best heartwarming stories, that focus on this. I do hope they bring the same joy to you that they have brought to so many of our readers who have read them this year.
So, without much ado, here goes.
As women, we all know how marriage can often change the course of our lives, and in a patriarchal society, women are often dealt a sore hand. But there are some among us who do not let a life altering change like marriage and motherhood define who we really are, who we really can be. Because as much as all that is important to us, continuing to follow our dreams and reaching our life goals is just as important.
A go getter who took marriage, pregnancy, and childcare in her stride as she did two professional degrees, and a fulfilling career as a gynaecologist, while also being a single mom most of the time as an army wife, this mom is inspiring!
Aruna Menon, or to give her her full title, Brigadier Aruna Menon begins her piece by giving us this piece of news, “I got married 2 weeks before my Final MBBS exam and that sort of set the pace for the rest of my life.”
Read the whole inspiring story here.
Sisters in law. The very relationship has layers, of various emotions. In a society like ours, women often draw their power from perpetuating patriarchy further, and the husband’s sister could well be an adversary. But some women are bucking this trend.
Tanvi Sinha spoke to 5 pairs of sisters in law, or as we say in daily soaps on TV, nanad- bhabhi. The relationships of these 5 pairs are, however, very far from the average soap opera. These are uplifting true stories of sisterhood, that grows by having each others’ backs, and helping each other through hard times.
Read these stories here.
Very ‘filmy, right? But this is real life! One can only imagine how some everyday situations could have been – mutual respect despite a difference in cultures marks this lovely relationship, which thrives despite the (hilarious) hiccups along the way!
Prerna Wahi writes here about her North-South Indian family. As a Punjabi married to a Tamilian, some mix-ups occur due to a differing life-view that the two families have, but, as the author says, “the answer lies in their mutual respect for each other and acceptance and appreciation of their differences. Mom admires the Tamilian simplicity, rich culture, and appreciation of small things. Amma on the other hand is inspired by the Punjabi larger-than-life celebrations, jovial nature and spirit to live in the moment.”
Read this 2 States type real story here.
Huh?! Selfish people are not nice people, right? But sometimes it becomes essential to be more considerate of one’s self, to draw some boundaries, and be fair to oneself, to really feel happy and fulfilled. As long as this selfishness does not act to do harm to others, we all have a right to look out for ourselves first.
The author, Ruchi, speaks of how it has made life so much better for her, making her a more positive, happier person.
Read her story here.
And the 5th story we share here is a truly extraordinary one.
Being a parent is something special, but every chore related to a newborn is often the responsibility of women. It’s the mom who feeds the newborn, cradles the baby and changes the diapers at certain intervals. Sometimes the role is taken over by a grandmom or maybe a domestic helper, but never a male counterpart most of the times!
The Speaker in the New Zealand Parliament, Trevor Mallard, broke this stereotype in a very impressive way, by holding the baby of one of the law-makers, and even feeding it with a bottle, while the law-maker herself took part in a Parliamentarian debate! If only other influencers around the world followed this example.
Read this extraordinary story here.
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Shows like Indian Matchmaking only further the argument that women must adhere to social norms without being allowed to follow their hearts.
When Netflix announced that Indian Matchmaking (2020-present) would be renewed for a second season, many of us hoped for the makers of the show to take all the criticism they faced seriously. That is definitely not the case because the show still continues to celebrate regressive patriarchal values.
Here are a few of the gendered notions that the show propagates.
A mediocre man can give himself a 9.5/10 and call himself ‘the world’s most eligible bachelor’, but an independent and successful woman must be happy with receiving just 60-70% of what she feels she deserves.
As long as teachers are competent in their job, and adhere to the workplace code of conduct, how does it matter what they do in their personal lives?
A 30 year old Associate Professor at a well-known University, according to an FIR filed by her, was forced to resign because the father of one of her students complained that he found his son looking at photographs of her, which according to him were “objectionable” and “bordering on nudity”.
There are two aspects to this case, which are equally disturbing, and which together make me question where we are heading as a society.
When the father of an 18 year old finds his son looking at photographs of a lady in a swimsuit, he can do many things. What this parent allegedly did was to dash off a letter to the University which states: