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Writer. Artist. Dreamer...and a Coach.
Hi, I am Lakshmi Priya, but I respond better to Ell.P. A leadership consultant/coach when the sun shines, and a writer/artist past midnight.
To be an atheist in a country so invested in religion is bad enough. To be an atheist woman is beyond belief. Because women only have to do all religious things, na?
Sex is acceptable to our 'sanskaari' minds only inside a marriage, even if it is marital rape. Where, then, do consenting, new age couples go to find some private time and space?
With three aunts who were homemakers and had faced all kinds of domestic violence, Ell P was always told to first begin earning enough to support herself, and only then think of marriage.
What is sex positivity? How does being sex positive affect your words, attitude, body language, and relationships? Our author Ell P gives you a quick primer.
Whether it’s the famous ‘Indian head shake’ or the Bengaluru potholes that have your insides quaking, here’s an ode to shaking!
I had been depraved of a good romp in bed for so long that lately my bidet was my favourite gadget at home. But that didn’t mean I was into one-night stands or friends with benefits. The other day I went on a date with a writer, you know, because I am a writer, and […]
Women are supposed to write of nice 'womanly' things, aren't they? Here are a few women horror writers whose bone-chilling books will give you the heebie-jeebies.
Author Richa Kaul Padte's debut book Cyber Sexy: Rethinking Pornography is an astonishing and touching look at Indian women engaging with porn.
A hilarious look at the struggles and triumphs of a woman who finally turned to gymming after the weight put on in a lifetime led her to further health issues.
There are 'unsung heroes' in Rashmi Bansal's new book Touch the Sky, heroes that are not male by default, but women who have written their own destinies.
I apologise if I have misled you by this title; if I have made you think you will be beguiled by a story of two middle-aged, hopeless romantics finding love.
You tiptoe to the door of your room, careful not to make any sound. The sound of gagging that you had heard a minute ago is gone now and the house has again descended in ominous silence.
India ranks third lowest in having women in leadership roles for the third consecutive year; shouldn't this be cause for alarm?
But then again, I would have no reason to constantly criticize my husband’s mistress, if only she had been content ensnaring her tentacles around just my husband.
“Then give me what I need, Saritha.” He spoke, a rueful smile already lining his lips, his confidence along with his desire reared, knowing that the outcome would be exactly what he wanted it to be.
40s are the new 30s, it is said, and life begins at 40. Really? A satirical take on a personal struggle in the 40s by the author, almost bordering on black humour.
“I don’t know, maybe once in two or three weeks. We have very busy schedules.” I answer, as if that was explanation enough to cover up the lack of sex in my own life.
Happy divorce. Paradoxical? Idiotic, too, as I realized after an eye-opening conversation with a male colleague who claimed to have had one.
“Oh, I am sorry, but my weekends are crazy, I spend my whole Saturdays at the Write Club you see.” I say, pretending to be prissier than I actually am.
As a woman, you take the beating, crying softly in a corner, as a man you will resort to using your hands to express yourself.
"Then she did what no other nanny would do, even for a million rupees salary. She pursed her lips tight and nodded to herself, like she had made up her mind."
Everyone needs a break once in a while. But how many people recognize women's right to needing a break from everyday life too?
My Maa is a proud breast cancer survivor, who put up a mighty fight against this deadly disease despite all that medical knowledge predicted.
"The draft of cool air that hit me from the open door was nothing short of heaven, and my resolve to listen to Mama’s warning kept slipping further and further."
"After decades I felt avenged and I thanked God to have made my little girl brave, braver than me at least." A hard hitting short story.
Divorces are never easy. Life after a divorce, for the first few years at least, is like being left in a dark maze without a flashlight.
"I have already made up my mind about him. The decision was simple, made the minute I saw him. But he doesn’t need to know that now, does he?" A short story.
So, NO, says this writer, in a funny take on motherhood, that being a mother is not all sweetness and light as the glossy ads would have you believe!
I am a woman driving a big car, and the kind of misogyny I face, not only on roads, but also from my family, makes me very angry!
Angry women seem to scare everyone, even when we clearly have a reason to be extremely angry. Stop telling women who face harassment to “CALM DOWN.” Saturday nights, usually for me are a way to get together with friends and unwind. After a merciless week, and gruelling writing sessions, I really do look forward to […]
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