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Pooja Priyamvada sensitively sheds light on various women's issues, especially the abusive and discriminatory treatment women face in all walks of life.
This June we celebrated twelve years of Women’s Web, a community built by you – our readers and contributors. #12YearsOfWomensWeb
On this joyful occasion we present to you our next author Pooja Priyamvada, one of our most pragmatic, and a sensitive author.
Pooja wears many hats as an author, single parent, columnist, translator, online content creator & social media consultant. She is a poet, an awarded bi-lingual blogger, and is a trained psychological/mental health first-aider and grief facilitator. She is also an emotional wellness trainer, reflective listener, a mental health researcher, and a suicide prevention activist.
“So I got trained in mental health and psychological first aid, grief counseling and mindfulness so that I can help others in mental health crisis. I am also a disability activist because I live with an invisible disability. I write mental health columns, conduct emotional wellness training and I also translate.”
Pooja approaches everything with a scientist’s astuteness, placing facts and figures before emotion. Yet, her writing is deeply empathetic while always backed by data and hard facts to back her claims. Her posts are a mix of hard headed pragmatism and an empathetic understanding of how Indian women’s lives are.
She also speaks vociferously about issues of gender, identity, and marginalization at varied international platforms.
Changing how people view single parents in Indian society is something Pooja is passionate about. “Being a single parent here among all this is also a challenge and I want to change the perception of society about single mothers and motherhood in general. It isn’t about sacrifice but thriving as an individual and not just a mom.”
Pooja has written several ebooks such as Mental Health: A Primer and Lessons for Life from Death: Papa & I that are available on Amazon Kindle. She has also translated from Hindi to English A Night in the Hills, a collection of short stories by Manav Kaul published by Westland Books in 2019, and Caregivers’ Handbook for Down’s Syndrome published by Sangati Foundation in 2021 and Joseph Murphy’s Power of Your Subconscious Mind to Hindi for Penguin India in 2022
Her most popular post is a moving piece about how Mandira Bedi drew the ire of a patriarchal Indian society for doing her husband’s last rites and wearing non traditional attire. Pooja exposes the regressive mindsets we still have towards women when it comes to attending funerals of their loved ones and performing funeral rites and rituals. Trolls Get Nasty At Mandira Bedi Not Fitting Into Their Ideas Of ‘Adarsh Bhartiya Naari’
On the hypocrisy of women being worshiped as goddesses but being treated terribly in reality in Indian society If This Is How ‘Goddesses’ Are Treated, We Indian Women Would Rather Not Be One!
An informative and sensitive piece on intimate partner violence that makes you think twice about your own relationships You’ll Be Shocked By How ‘Normal’ Some Of These 30 Signs Of Intimate Partner Abuse Are
On how to recognise rape culture in our society How To Recognise Rape Culture In A Society, In 11 Easy To Understand Points
A moving piece on grief, memories, and letting go of her father Saying Goodbye To My Father. Winning Entry By Pooja Sharma Rao For The #GoodwynTea Writing Contest
A hard hitting piece rebutting the RSS chief’s regressive comments RSS Chief’s Comment On Divorces Shows That We Still Want Women To Suffer In Unhappy Marriages
On how women’s symptoms are not taken seriously in the medical community Why Is It So Easy To Disbelieve (And Gaslight) A Woman In Pain?
On how we don’t address women’s mental health issues for fear of social stigma Why Is Indian Women’s Mental Health The Last Priority On Everyone’s Mind?
Another hard hitting piece on the need to stop victim blaming Put The Blame Where It Belongs – Rapists Enabled By Rape Culture, Poor Sex Education, & Violent Porn
On benevolent sexism and how it takes women deeper into the web of patriarchy “Women Must Be Protected, Men Must Protect” This Is How Benevolent Sexism Works
On why justice is so slow for women reporting sexual assault and the sad truth about the millions, (yes millions!) of pending cases in India that go on for years Shruti Chaturvedi Reveals Why Women Are Forced To Withdraw Sexual Assault Cases
On the state of mental health systems in India and how women are treated worse than animals in out mental asylums Women Forced Into Terrible Conditions In Mental Asylums In India, As If They Weren’t Human
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People have relationships without marriages. People cheat. People break up all the time. Just because two people followed some rituals does not make them more adept at tolerating each other for life.
Why is that our society defines a woman’s success by her marital status? Is it an achievement to get married or remain married? Is it anybody’s business? Are people’s lives so hollow that they need someone’s broken marriage to feel good about themselves?
A couple of months ago, I came across an article titled, “Shweta Tiwari married for the third time.” When I read through it, the article went on to clarify that the picture making news was one her one of her shows, in which she is all set to marry her co-star. She is not getting married in real life.
Fair enough. But why did the publication use such a clickbait title that was so misleading? I guess the thought of a woman marrying thrice made an exciting news for them and their potential readers who might click through.
Did the creators of Masaba Masaba just wake up one morning, go to the sets and decide to create something absolutely random without putting any thought into it?
Anyone who knows about Neena Gupta’s backstory would say that she is a boss lady, a badass woman, and the very definition of a feminist. I would agree with them all.
However, after all these decades of her working in the Indian film industry, is her boldness and bravery the only things worth appreciating?
The second season of Masaba Masaba (2020-2022) made me feel as if both Neena Gupta and her daughter Masaba have gotten typecast when it comes to the roles they play on screen. What’s more is that the directors who cast them have stopped putting in any effort to challenge the actors, or to make them deliver their dialogues differently.