Archana Shivmani Rao

Archana was raised in Chennai and lives in Dubai.She was a banking professional for more than a decade. She holds a diploma in creative writing from Writers Bureau,UK and a master's degree in English Literature. Her articles, short stories & poetry have appeared in Women's web, Reading hour , Gulf News and Dubai Poetics websites. She is passionate about reading the classics, working on Madhubani paintings and (at 11 am) having a large cup of chai.

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Of Desert, Gardens and Random Musings
Of Desert, Gardens and Random Musings

‘To be a flower, is profound responsibility’ wrote Emily Dickinson and I would like to add, so it is, to be a garden too. As I walk in our community in Dubai every morning, I feel my soul aired outdoors in sunshine, filled with gratitude taking in so much beauty, so much grace! There are […]

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Dear S, I Am Staying Back, With My Husband And My Son
Dear S, I Am Staying Back, With My Husband And My Son

You once said— 'We were from a “Parallel world.”' You were leaning by the door, wearing my favourite blue shirt.I don’t know why I was so deeply drawn to you. I was married!

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The Treasure Shell Of Marsambhi [Short Story]

Venba, a journalist comes to Vallanadu in search of the supposedly cursed treasure from the Pandya regime. What happens next?

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Blank: A Statement In Poetry For Women’s Day

This powerful piece of poetry for Women's Day, where a woman claims herself, will move you. This Women's Day, let's claim our right to be.

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Lost But To Be Found… [#Poetry]

Everything we do these days is fodder for the social media mill. When was the last time you just were? A poignant look at this new reality.

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The Balcony [#ShortStory]

The loss of a child can be devastating, and often end life the way you knew it, leaving behind a shell of your former self. A powerful short story.

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Remember The Good Old Days Of Indian Television?

Though we are bombarded by new serials and shows each day on the television these days, yet it hardly attract us the way the good old days of Indian Television did. A reader recounts her tale.

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Red Bricks And White Windows: A Holiday In London

London is a favourite holiday spot. Here's a beautiful account of our author's trip to this picturesque city and how she found comfort in the new land.

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are children playing enough
Are Your Children Playing Enough, And Can We Do Anything About It?

Are children playing enough? Play is fun, but childhood play has many other 'serious' benefits, and children today are missing out on those.

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2 Simple Ways To Declutter Your Life

Our lives are becoming increasingly complex, and our minds, chaotic. Here are 2 simple ways to declutter your life, and clear your mind.

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Your Child Needs A Role Model. Are You Ready?

Small actions are big messages for children. You are your child's role model. Are you ready to play the part?

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