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A few days ago, after realizing I had unfairly screamed on my daughter pertaining to a school related matter, I apologized to her when we were in our society lift. Someone beside us commented right then – “These days, parents have to apologize to kids. No wonder kids are becoming arrogant.” I wanted to respond […]
Each wrinkle etched on my body tells a story, a testament to the diverse experiences that have shaped me. I am most comfortable with my body, and why should I hide it?
How to register a small business in India? Here are 6 easy steps we have compiled for you along with a few resources.
There are many ways you can support small business owners just going about your daily life, and it can be a win win situation both ways.
Do you want a career change? Here are 8 programmes that will help women switching from non-IT to IT careers in India!
For my mother and me, Tingle Your Taste Buds is our way of preserving and passing on Indian culinary art to food connoisseurs around the world.
I wanted to scream with excitement that my daughter chose to write about her ambition and aspirations over everything else first. To me, this was one of those parenting 'win' moments.
Wrong by Shilpa Suraj is a tale that centres around the lives of Ananya, Arnav and Arvin, about a lot of ‘wrong’s. Wrong timing, wrong decisions, wrong circumstances...
What I loved was how there is so much in the movie of the SRK we have known, and also a totally new star. The gestures, the smile, the wit and the charisma are all too familiar, but you also witness a rawness, an edginess.
I do a variety of things as a serial entrepreneur, often very different from each other. So how do I manage all of it without losing track or my head?
Women tend to minimise their own achievements due to patriarchal conditioning, especially small business / home business owners. Let's begin to value ourselves.
While some called out the male passenger’s entitled behaviour, several others felt that the woman attendant was unprofessional and unnecessarily screaming.
Love should not make you feel like you are walking on eggshells, second guess yourself all the time, or dim your spirit. It certainly should not make you feel humiliated or unworthy.
Dead ends are actually opportunities to pause and reflect because sometimes, when we are in the midst of the journey, we forget to look inwards.
Back then, I wasn't a mother. Back then, I wasn't a mentor interacting with kids day in and day out. Back then, my lens for watching the movie was different.
If you want to get back to work after a break, here’s the ultimate guide to return to work programs in India from tech, finance or health sectors: for women just like you!
What do I say about the two leading ladies?! They don't act. They become. They share screen space in just a handful of scenes in the movie, yet you can see the undercurrent of their collective power throughout.
A couple of weeks ago I got locked out of my Instagram account while setting up a new mobile handset... It was a disaster as a digital content creator, but here's what I did.
From a corporate professional to serial entrepreneur and writer, Anupama Dalmia could not have predicted this journey 10 years ago.
An all women group taking to the roads in a top together. Will this be the "women travelling together" film we've been waiting for, or will it follow stereotypes about women?
While things may be looking brighter now, we know that there will be no going back to pre-covid. Some changes in all of us would be permanent - whether obvious or subtle.
Who is really the predator? Who is the prey? Who is the owner? Who is the trespasser? Will power always win over honesty and sincerity? Is there a place for a 'Sherni' in the forest?
Starting a new business needs some essentials to be in place first - here are a few pointers for those with entrepreneurial dreams.
Today is World Poetry Day. The poet here muses on whether her poetry counts for poetry, as it doesn't have meter or rhyme. But what of it, when the feelings are there.
GST for the Layman is an empowering read in a society that does not encourage women to be financially aware and keeps them out of financial decisions.
We avoid difficult conversations with our kids because we feel they are too young to understand, but we're just giving in to our own discomfort.
A recent trending hashtag on Twitter India infuriated me and got me wondering, why should sex workers be constantly shamed for their choices?
Aashi by Maitabi Banerjee may speak to each reader differently which is interesting because it leaves room for varied interpretations and takeaways.
Life and its idiosyncrasies loosen our connection with the curious child within us. We start associating magic with fantasy, and forget that magic is actually very much a part of our everyday lives.
Only calling out everyday sexism can tackle 'real' problems faced by women, so those who want feminists to stop 'nitpicking', please listen.
Grief is a very personal thing, and no one has any business telling you how you handle it. And it is not just the trolls, but every one of us who should get that.
A piece of poetry centered around looking in, reflecting and asking questions about oneself.
"I read somewhere once that what if we get up one day and realise that all of what we think is reality is actually a dream. While it was written in jest, it made me think. Maybe, what is a dream for us is someone's reality because it is a happier space which is enlivening."
“It’s not easy but it’s doable” would resonate with most women, because that is what they do - go ahead and do what they need to, against odds. A chat with writer director Alankrita Shrivastava.
When I called out a badly worded, cringeworthy 'mental health' meme on a social media page, I was told to "chill" as "it was just a joke!" NO.
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl is not a war film. It is a heart-warming story of a father who stood by his daughter like a rock as she manoeuvred her way through the labyrinths of life.
Why do we compare 'motherhoods' or decide that someone is the most sacrificing mother? What are we trying to prove by comparing our struggles and to whom?
Author Anupama Jain, skillfully and fluently creates multiple worlds to touch upon an array of topics and issues with a subtlety that dissolves into the mock-tail.
Through her book White as Milk and Rice, author Nidhi Dugar Kundalia attempts to make the reader understand, empathize and connect with India’s isolated tribes.
Does it matter if wishes could come true or not? If feasibility becomes the criteria to consider wishes as valid, the very essence in which they are rooted is lost.
Dashavatar: Stories of Lord Vishnu is a very relatable re-telling of the stories of the 10 most popular avatars of Vishnu, by Piyusha Vir.
A mother's heartwarming letter to her daughter explaining to her that life's struggles are for real and planning is what will help her tide over these, just like how she did.
Marriage is the ultimate goal for women of our society - their sexual orientation, or willingness to marry, still doesn't matter in many cases, as these stories show.
Kamya was not from an orthodox background. In fact, her parents were quite liberal and progressive in their ways and beliefs. Yet, she hesitated to indulge in self-pleasure.
As a parent, do you hide your negative emotions from your kids, or do you let them show? What are the rules of parenting in such a situation?
We are so much more than how someone from the world we are currently in perceives us to be.
From An-Other Land dives deep into the stories of NRI lives in the US, with immigration issues faced in modern-day US.
To me, devotion has never been about pleasing God. God is not the destination.
Should only parents of a girl talk to her about periods? Why can't parents of boys talk about it too? Will make for more informed, sensitive citizens of tomorrow.
Invited as a Chief Guest at an Inter-College Fest, I surprised myself by spontaneously coming up with things I could talk about - and I have my own life journey to thank!
What is trash for one may be a treasure for another. Sometimes the same thing that had been a treasure for us becomes trash due to circumstances. So how do we define it?
Workplaces still face a number of challenges in implementing POSH Act, 2013 - these were discussed recently at the POSHaya Conclave in Hyderabad, by Parity Consulting and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas.
She did a quick calculation to determine that this would suffice for everyone to get a share of the appealing ice-cream which was waiting to be relished.
Rushabh Turakhia, founder of 'Your Turn Now' is on a mission to spread kindness in the world. He is also the father of 14 year old Vivaan, an inspiring advocate of Dad's work.
Loneliness can strike anyone, even when surrounded by people; it is not necessarily because of our circumstances or because of who we are.
"What is love?" is not the question that you ask, because there is no single definition for it. Every one of us perceives it differently, and it is different things for each one of us.
Do you think it is hard to make money blogging? No, it's not impossible nor it is outdated! Here are 9 tips on how you can do this.
We would like our kids to learn things and become independent, but at the same time, we don't want them to grow up too fast, and slip through our fingers too early!
Don’t hesitate to reach out - to help, to seek help, to form the circle of sisterhood. This circle is potent. This circle is empowering.
"They have a warrant. They say that I have sexually abused Radha and they are talking about some POSCO act. That bitch of a girl had the audacity to complain against me."
Sometimes it is difficult to believe in the power of own pen, but one needs to keep writing, because there are stories waiting to be told, thoughts waiting to be expressed.
Mahevash Shaikh tackles popular proverbs that we live by in her book Busting Cliches, and brings a depth to them we sometimes might not know of.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape by Sohaila Abdulali is a powerful, solicitous and hard-hitting read which has the potential to create history.
Kajol's film Helicopter Eela attempts dealing with powerful issues like helicopter and single parenting. But the inconsistent screenplay lets it down.
We all are symbols of girl power, says Anupama Dalmia, a power that is often either overestimated or underestimated by our society and is rarely understood in its true essence.
While digitisation has revolutionised things, it enables abuse in relationships, putting women at a disadvantage, as all their shopping behaviour can be tracked by controlling husbands. I was speaking to an Aunt over the phone but after a point, she seemed quite distracted. When I asked her if she was busy and wanted to disconnect […]
Why do we equate respect with submissiveness in Indian society? Surely, a daughter can be outspoken and respectful at the same time?
Author Piyusha Vir’s debut novel Just Another Day brings out the serendipity of life in the form of three crisp and delectable short tales.
Hidden emotional abuse in a marriage (no scar, no swollen eye!) often goes unnoticed. This normalises the insidious violence, and can cause the affected women to hide things from their spouses.
Veere Di Wedding is drawing mixed reviews from movie lovers. Does it live up to the hype it generated? You have to read this review to find out.
Nothing But The Plane Truth is a fictionalised memoir by former flight attendant Pinki Eppaturi, that takes the reader into the 'glamorous' lives of those who work in the sky.
Motherhood is as beautiful as it is gruelling. So, this mother's day, let us talk about what we can do to make life better for mothers.
Louisiana Catch by Sweta Srivastava Vikram is a book about the Indian diaspora with a difference - focusing on the protagonist instead of the usual 'immigrant experience'.
We are quick to blame the mother if the child is in any sort of trouble or is part of the trouble. When will we realise that the father is also the parent?
Breastfed children are weaned once they become old enough to eat everything the family eats. But what if a mother believes in late weaning? How does society react?
A personal account of how Sridevi influenced this author and made her passionate about dancing. The diva will remain immortal in many such hearts.
The Perils Of Being Moderately Famous is an aptly named memoir by the very witty and down-to-earth Soha Ali Khan. Must read!
Change happens in small measures but every little change adds up! This writer's article on feminism got her a surprising response.
"What has Akash done himself to give you time for some self care? He wants you to take complete responsibility of the child and then wants you to be the trophy wife whom he can boast of?"
How do you help your kids think of homosexuality as normal, and raise the future generations to not be homophobic? A thoughtful post.
How would your crazy day coping with a toddler's tantrum look like from the point of view of your toddler? What if your toddler could tell you how she feels?
"You do not have to aspire to become the perfect woman that society expects you to be," says a mom to her young daughter on #InternationalGirlChildDay.
You always say you believe in gender equality. So why is it weird for you to stay at home and look after your daughter? Why is your job more important than mine?
Parenting would not have been as easy as it is without my friends looking out for me. It takes a village to raise kids, and I'd not have it any other way!
Her dazzling smile could brighten even the gloomiest of days. A year had passed since Nikhil had lost her. Submerged in her thoughts, he could feel knots in his stomach.
Have you read A Season For Dying by Sharmishtha Shenoy? Read the review below and see if it goes on your to-read pile!
"And why would you not want to get intimate when he wants it? What is the big deal about it? Do not forget you lead a comfortable life because of him. He does not hit you right?"
Daddy Cool is the dad whose daughter doesn't realise what gender inequality is - simply because he raised her that way. A lovely tribute on Father's Day!
The Terrible Twos can test any parent's patience, but there are ways to stay calm and handle the toddler tantrums that are an inescapable part of parenting.
"It is my womb and I decide, right? And as far as my child is concerned, I will teach my child to stand strong against the bullies of society and not get bogged down”.
A pimple brought home to me the fact that as a parent I need to teach my child to be accepting of everyone as they are, and stereotypes have no place.
Sleep when the baby sleeps. This is well meaning advice given to almost all new mothers. But is it really practical advice?
A lifetime bond of friendship had formed which they were sure would survive the test of time. It was a special friendship that had no place for any kind of inhibition and formality.
Thank you mom! If you had to thank your mother today, what would it be for? In this post, the author thanks her mom for making her a better mom!
Onaatah of the Earth by Paulami DuttaGupta peels away at the psychosocial aftermath of a rape, and reveals the human being that is inside a sexual abuse survivor.
We need to let our children be themselves and not extensions of ourselves. We need to let our children live their dream, not ours.
Birds of Prey is a faced paced and hard hitting debut book by Archana Sarat that throws light upon the underbelly of a city's nexus of child sexual abuse.
No, having a baby is NOT a solution for marital problems! Don't you think that's the way to more stress in an already damaged relationship?
How to reconnect with yourself and recapture the romance of relationships during a trip where there is no net connectivity.
Whichever side of the Valentine's Day fence you are on, we can probably agree on one thing - that it is love which makes the whole ride of life worthwhile.
We need to look at what feminism is not - so many misconceptions about it abound, and it is time people separated fact from fiction.
Raising a happy kid is not really difficult, if we are mindful about these 22 simple, and very practical tips.
Mothers are made to feel guilty if they have a thin child. They are blamed for 'not feeding the child enough'. Chubby does not equal healthy!
Being a new mom and working woman meant that I learnt to rush through the day, but my daughter soon taught me how to slow down and truly enjoy my leisure.
Dancing can be a fulfilling, creative way of exercise, and keep you healthy and fit both physically and mentally. A delightful post!
Small acts of everyday kindness go a long way in making the world a better place. Make it a habit to help others in any way you can.
One has to lead by example in order to make Swachh Bharat a reality - after all, patriotism stems from action and not mere words.
Why should husbands be 'helping' at home? Isn't it their home too? Shouldn't they be sharing responsibilities of housework equally?
A mother muses about what life might have to offer as she watches her teen daughter have fun on the sea shore, and hopes that it is a good life!
As long as my daughter understands how to handle relationships maturely and with honesty, I don't see why I need to assume that she has to marry!
To quit or not to quit? This is the dilemma many working women face, especially if they have other serious responsibilities, like a kid. So what do you do?
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