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Meet early birds nominees of the Orange Flower Awards 2023 who are using their storytelling and poetry skills to drive change.
An efficient writer can kindle a fire of change through their written word. At Women’s Web, numerous women contribute fictional and non-fictional pieces as prose and poetry to mark their onset on the journey of transformation. Moreover, their literature is a mirror for other women facing similar dilemmas. As a result, it helps them break out of their chains. This year, some of our early-bird nominees for the Orange Flower Awards have showcased their ability to write for change. Meet them here:
Ipshita Mitra is a lifestyle journalist with the Times of India. She blogs extensively on the complex and intricate lives of women. Her poetry is as crisp and articulate as her blogs are thought-provoking.
Neelam Saxena uses her poetry to call out the everyday disasters women face ranging from sexism to holding a secondary position. She uses her voice and poetic sense to promote women’s empowerment.
Kavya Janani U has been writing fiction since she was eight years old. She is a proud mother and has written extensively on motherhood. Kavya is also a poet who enjoys putting out her thoughts regularly.
Nidhi Singh pens poems about her experiences as a woman and a mother. She uses the medium to remind women everywhere that nothing but their goals should drive them.
Asfiya Rahman is a teacher and a short story writer. She discusses a variety of issues related to women’s health and well-being. She also reflects on the psychological awareness women should have through her pieces.
Sunayna Pal uses her poetry to show contradictions between the real world of women and their portrayal in media. She is working toward questioning cliches based on female relationships.
Mitra Samal enjoys the world of poetry and also contributes to it. She loves to speak her heart out and uses her prowess in poems and occasionally prose to tell the world what she thinks.
Priya Nayak-Gole picks from her experiences to tell readers that life is not perfect. However, with a touch of humor, you can alter your situation. Borrowing from that, Priya crafts various fictional pieces for her readers.
Priya Bajpai uses the power of storytelling to remind us how letting your imagination run wild can open a treasure trove of stories. She daydreams about a multiverse and uses her vivid dreams to introduce her readers to fictional characters with superlative sleuthing skills.
Malini Nair is an author and blogger who uses the medium of prose and poetry to reintroduce the audience to the cultural roots of India. She talks about the contributions of numerous women who have strengthened the artistic persona of India.
Nirmala Pillai uses her artistic abilities to capture moments of life in her poems. She has put together several poetic pieces bundled with human emotions. Nirmala also writes about wellness and fitness.
Damyanti Barua revisits the stereotypes in which women find themselves shackled. Through short fiction and a collection of poetry, she asks us to question our inherent biases against women.
Debashree Basak believes in the power of words to strike a change and heal. She loves contributing to literature and writes about the experiences of married women.
Suhasini IP extensively writes about parenting. Using short fiction and also non-fiction, she asks parents to evaluate their parenting style. Suhasini also leaves behind parenting tips for her readers.
Vidya Chetan translates her life experiences into poetry. She talks about the need to pause in life to enable some time for yourself. Her poetry reflects the need for us to take a break whenever needed.
Sudeepa Nair puts together fictional pieces to engage her readers with stories of friendship without borders. She talks about how being open to life tells us more about ourselves.
Sonia Dogra is a regular contributor to short stories. She talks about the clashes gendered roles create for women. Using relatable instances, Sonia asks us to peek into female identities.
Tanvi Agarwal uses poetry to dive deeper into the acknowledgment of human emotions. She is also a book reviewer who enjoys navigating the world of English literature.
Rashmi Saha is a life transformation coach and a poet. Her poetry symbolizes the female perspectives as progress. For her, poetry is a tool through which she can touch sensitive topics in Indian society.
Rachna Pal writes poetry about the freedom of women from expected norms. She believes in making women realize their power through her words. Rachna also writes in Hindi.
Read their work to experience the power of change through prose and poetry.
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The recent Bold Care ad breaks some long standing taboos in Indian society about women's sexual pleasure and erectile dysfunction in men.
The co-owner of the new sexual health brand – Bold Care, Ranveer Singh, recently shared that he wants to focus at creating awareness amongst people about men’s sexual health and aims to provide a tangible solution to millions of people across the country. The new Bold Care ad which was dropped last week has taken the internet by storm. Netizens are ogling at the ad and cannot stop talking about it and how?
The Bold Care ad has created a buzz for multiple reasons. One, because of the unexpected collaboration between the A-list Bollywood actor and co-owner of the brand – Ranveer Singh and (wait for it… drumrolls please) the adult film star Johnny Sins.
People were not ready to see Johnny Sins in an Indian commercial ad and had their jaws dropped to the floor when they saw him dressed in a blue kurta and a golden coat and tie acting in a saas-bahu rip off. The internauts have claimed this unusual duo as the biggest crossover ever – bigger than Deadpool and Wolverine coming together! Second, the ad aims to normalise the stigma related to men’s sexual wellbeing and the ease with which it can be addressed.
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