Anupama Dalmia

Multiple award winning blogger, influencer, author, multi-faceted entrepreneur, creative writing mentor, choreographer, social activist and a wanderer at heart

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4 Women Share Their Moving Stories, On Being Forced Into Marriages

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. 

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Take That Step Forward NOW, Towards An Essential Pleasure

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.

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Why I Feel It Is OK To Cry In Front Of My Daughter

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? 

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Murky To Shimmer, The Collision Of Two Worlds In Her

We are so much more than how someone from the world we are currently in perceives us to be.

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From Another Land
A Story From Another Land In The Time Of Visa Problems

From An-Other Land dives deep into the stories of NRI lives in the US, with immigration issues faced in modern-day US.

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God Is Not The Destination But The Path To Connect To The Divine Power Within Me

To me, devotion has never been about pleasing God. God is not the destination.

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Is It A Diaper, Mumma? Talk To Your Girls AND Boys About Periods

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.

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When My Own Journey As An Indian Woman Yields Fab Insights I Can Pass On To Gen Next…!

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!

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One Moment Treasure, One Moment Trash?

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?

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Workplaces Still Face 8 Challenges In Implementing POSH Act 2013. How Do We Change This?

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.

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When She’s A Child On A Rainy Morning

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.

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Rushabh Turakhia
Dad Rushabh Turakhia Helps Spread Kindness All Over The Globe, A Role Model For Teen Son

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.

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The Feeling Was Back, And Now Inside Me!

Loneliness can strike anyone, even when surrounded by people; it is not necessarily because of our circumstances or because of who we are.

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Discovering Love In My Own, Unique Way

"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.

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9 Tips For Indian Bloggers On How To Make Money Through Blogging

Some of us bloggers would like to make money blogging, and while it does take some hard work, it is completely possible. Here are some tips on how that works.

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“Don’t Grow Up So Soon. Stay This Small For A While,” Is A Feeling Every Parent Has Had!

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!

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Those Thirty Minutes In The Circle Of Sisterhood Changed Her Life

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.

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Because She HAD To Break The Vicious Circle

"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."

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I’m An Unsure, Average Writer In My Mind, Though I’m Read By Many!

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.

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Busting Cliches
Does Mahevash Shaikh Manage To Truly Bust The Cliches We Use Unconsciously?

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.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape
What SHOULD We Really Talk About When We Talk About Rape?

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.

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Kajol’s Sparkling Performance Saves Helicopter Eela From Sinking

Kajol's film Helicopter Eela attempts dealing with powerful issues like helicopter and single parenting. But the inconsistent screenplay lets it down.

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That Day Gave Me Some Haunting Memories Of Street Harassment, AND Two Friends

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.

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Some Husbands Track Their Wives’ Online Shopping… Only To Abuse Them

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 […]

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My Daughter Does Not Need To Be Submissive To Show Me Respect!

Why do we equate respect with submissiveness in Indian society? Surely, a daughter can be outspoken and respectful at the same time?

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Book Review: Just Another Day by Piyusha Vir

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. 

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Hide Things From Husband? You Could Be A Victim Of Emotional Abuse

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.

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Veere Di Wedding: Not flawless But Has Its Heart In The Right Place!

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.

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Nothing But The Plane Truth
Pinki Eppaturi’s Memoir Is The ‘Plane’ Truth About Life As A Flight Attendant [#BookReview]

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.

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This Mother’s Day, It’s Time To Ask What We Do For Mothers (Besides Glorify Them)

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.

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Louisiana Catch
Louisiana Catch Gives Us A Unique NRI Protagonist Without The Usual ‘Immigrant’ Baggage #BookReview

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'.

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When Will We Find A Cure For The ‘Blame The Mother’ Syndrome We Suffer From?

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?

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I Breastfed My Daughter For 3 Years, Despite The Backlash From “Well-Wishers”!

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?

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Rest In Peace, Sridevi! As A Dancer, A Part Of You Will Always Live Inside Me

A personal account of how Sridevi influenced this author and made her passionate about dancing. The diva will remain immortal in many such hearts.

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Soha Ali Khan
Soha Ali Khan Wows Us With Witty Words In Her Memoir: The Perils Of Being Moderately Famous

The Perils Of Being Moderately Famous is an aptly named memoir by the very witty and down-to-earth Soha Ali Khan. Must read!

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A Man Emailed Me About My Article On Feminism…And Here’s Why It Matters

Change happens in small measures but every little change adds up! This writer's article on feminism got her a surprising response.

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and she shut the door
And She Shut The Door [#Winner]

"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?"

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How Do You Raise Your Child To Accept Homosexuality As Completely Normal?

How do you help your kids think of homosexuality as normal, and raise the future generations to not be homophobic? A thoughtful post.

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Dear Mom: A Letter To A Mom From Her Toddler

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?

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A Letter To My Daughter On International Girl Child Day

"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.

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papa, don't preach
Is It Just My Responsibility? [#ShortStory]

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?

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it takes a village
It Takes A Village To Raise My Child – What Would I Have Done Without My Friends?

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!

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maybe someday we will
Maybe Someday We Will [#ShortStory]

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.

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A Season For Dying, New Mystery Novel In The Vikram Rana Series Keeps You Hooked [#BookReview]

Have you read A Season For Dying by Sharmishtha Shenoy? Read the review below and see if it goes on your to-read pile!

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But At Least He Is A Good Father! [#ShortStory]

"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?"

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Thank You Papa For Breaking All Those Stereotypes and Being Truly ‘Daddy Cool’!

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!

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8 Sanity Saving Hacks That Got My Toddler And Me Through Her Terrible Twos

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.

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The Unwed Mother [#ShortStory]

"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”.

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When A Pimple Reminded Me Of A Simple Lesson In Parenting

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.

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“Sleep When The Baby Sleeps!” How Practical Is This Advice For A New Mom?

Sleep when the baby sleeps. This is well meaning advice given to almost all new mothers. But is it really practical advice?

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Some Friendships Last Beyond A Lifetime [#ShortStory]

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.

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Thank You Mom For Making Me The Mother I Am Today – Happy Mother’s Day!

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!

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Onaatah of the Earth
Onaatah Of The Earth Is A Sensitively Written Book That Peeks Into The Mind Of A Sexual Abuse Survivor [#BookReview]

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.

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I Don’t Expect My Child To Achieve My Dreams. She Will Live Her Dreams, Not Mine!

We need to let our children be themselves and not extensions of ourselves. We need to let our children live their dream, not ours.

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Birds of Prey
Birds Of Prey, Though Fiction, Is A Hard Hitting Look At The Issue Of Child Sexual Abuse [#BookReview]

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.

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What? Having A Baby To Solve Marital Problems?! Such Rubbish Advice!

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?

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How My Husband And I Reconnected With Ourselves And Recaptured Our Romance

How to reconnect with yourself and recapture the romance of relationships during a trip where there is no net connectivity.

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Don’t Celebrate Valentine’s Day? I Bet We Still Share This Feeling About Love

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.

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What Feminism Is Not – Not Man-Hating Or ‘Modern Dress’ Or Favouring Women! What Is It, Then?

We need to look at what feminism is not - so many misconceptions about it abound, and it is time people separated fact from fiction.

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Raising A Happy Kid Is Easy With These 22 Simple Tips Every Parent Must Read

Raising a happy kid is not really difficult, if we are mindful about these 22 simple, and very practical tips.

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It Is Criminal To Make A Mother Feel Guilty For A Thin Child, As Chubby Does Not Always Mean Healthy!

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!

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When My Toddler Taught Me How To Slow Down And Savour My Time With Her

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.

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Dancing Your Way To Fitness. Try It Out And Reap The Benefits!

Dancing can be a fulfilling, creative way of exercise, and keep you healthy and fit both physically and mentally. A delightful post!

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How My Mother’s Actions Taught Me To Make Kindness A Way Of Life

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.

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Swachh Bharat Should Not Be Just A Campaign, But An Attitude!

One has to lead by example in order to make Swachh Bharat a reality - after all, patriotism stems from action and not mere words.

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Does Your Husband Help You At Home? [#ShortStory]

Why should husbands be 'helping' at home? Isn't it their home too? Shouldn't they be sharing responsibilities of housework equally?

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An Ode To My Daughter [#Poetry]

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!

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Why I Don’t Think I Should Assume That My Daughter Will Marry Someday!

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!

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To Quit Or Not To Quit? Toss A Coin. You’ll Know What Your Heart Secretly Wishes!

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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