Rimli Bhattacharya

Rimli Bhattacharya

Rimli Bhattacharya is a First class gold medalist in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, an MBA in supply chain management and is engaged with a corporate sector. Her essay in the anthology “Book of Light” a nonfiction genre was published with Speaking Tiger Publication which created a furor in the literature world. She writes for Several magazines, Times of India, Engineering Journals, Blogs and is also a trained Indian Classical Dancer. She is based out of Mumbai, India. Rimli has been awarded a Star Blogger by team Bonobology for her essay “Running a solo Marathon” Rimli can also be contacted on twitter @rimli76

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The Forgotten Bollywood Actress – Parveen Babi

She might have struggled to fetch water for herself, she might have gasped for breath, she might have yearned for someone to hold her close, she might have wished to cry her heart out, she might have – and I cannot think of any other sadder death than this. Hear me society - I am talking about Parveen Babi.

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A Fine balance
Dina Faced Difficult Odds As A Lone Woman. Did She Triumph Over Them?

Set on the backdrop of the Emergency in 1970, Rohinton Mistry’s novel, A Fine Balance is a tale of our prejudiced caste system, a corrupt and cruel society, of grief and despair, and a single woman’s struggle for existence.

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This Teacher’s Day A Student Remembers A Childhood Crush On A Teacher

On the occasion of Teacher's Day here is a special story by Rimli Bhattacharya about a childhood crush on a teacher, who was indeed special. 

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Iram Habib Becomes The First Muslim Women Pilot From Kashmir

The valley of Kashmir is not all about war and bloodshed. Iram Habib's achievement as the first Muslim women pilot from Kashmir proves the same. 

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Women Bleed Every Month. What’s Wrong In Saying It Aloud, That A DOCTOR Trolled Me?

Menstruation is still a taboo in India. Justifies the trolls and comments Rimli Bhattachary received on twitter for saying out loud that she bleed every month.

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Protima Bedi: A Feminist Icon Who Defied Indian Societal Norms For Women

Its the 21st death anniversary of the legendary model turned Odissi dancer - Protima Bedi. On this occasion, the author explains what an exceptional feminist icon that she was. 

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dissociative identity disorder
The Real Reason Why The Disorder Known As ‘Split Personality’ Is More Common In Women

Dissociative Identity Disorder, (or DID, earlier called Multiple Personality Disorder) is more common in women, as it is often a result of childhood sexual abuse that almost 20% of girls face.

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A Tribute To Ava Mukherjee, Veteran Actor & Woman Of Many Talents

The Bollywood film industry lost another unmatched talent - Ava Mukherjee. She passed away in Mumbai on Monday, 15 January 2018.

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Top Model Winnie Harlow Says Living With Vitiligo Didn’t Deter Her From Loving Life

Winnie Harlow is a model of Jamaican descent, who has made peace with the fact that she is living with vitiligo, and lives her life to the full despite the issues she faced as a child.

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This Misogynist, Shoddy Portrayal Of Women In Bollywood Needs To Stop!

Women have always been portrayed in a very cheap, trashy, misogynist way in Bollywood. This needs to stop, as women in society are proving their mettle.

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Geeta Dutt
A Tribute To Geeta Dutt, The Sensuous Voice Of The 50s Bollywood Music

She entreated, she enticed, she prayed, all just with her voice that leading ladies of the 50s sang with. Today, 20th July, is 46 years since she passed away, too early.

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Benaam Badshah – The Bollywood Movie That Batted For Rape Culture

Despite its victim blaming, and warped attitudes to victims of rape, this movie, Benaam Badshah proved to be a hit. What does it say about us?

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mardaani
Breaking Stereotypes, This 2014 Movie Proved That The ‘Hero’ Needn’t Always Be Male

Rani Mukherjee's Shivani Shivaji Roy in Mardaani turns gender stereotypes of a hero oriented movie on its head. Do watch.

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Ministry Of Health, Are You Serious? Depression Can’t Be Treated This Way!

Depression can't be treated by doing yoga or going for a walk! The recent Ministry of Health poster on depression includes many myths about depression that a lot of us believe.

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Bol
Is It A Crime To Be A Woman Or Transgender? ‘Bol’ Sheds Light On Many Gender Issues

Bol, an Urdu film, was made to shed light on women's rights, to bring the focus of media and the Pakistani elite to gender issues. 

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7 khoon maaf
Priyanka Chopra’s 7 Khoon Maaf Is A Parable Telling Us That Domestic Abuse Is Not OK

7 Khoon Maaf is in reality a story of abusive marriages, and gives a message that a woman needs to recognise it and get out of such a marriage, even if not by murder!

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As A Victim Of Abuse, I Could Relate To The Characters In These 3 Feminist Movies

The author discusses three movies that brought out the ironies of a misogynistic society. She could relate to the women characters as she herself is a survivor of abuse.

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Oh, It Is The Dreaded PMS Again!

Do you dread the monthly mood swings and backaches that are a sign of PMS? Read this post to find answers to all your queries and also how to battle PMS.

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25 Years Since The Movie Damini Released, Here’s Why It Still Matters To Women

It has been 25 years, but Damini is still considered as one of the finest movies of its time, that depicted the struggle of a woman to stand for what was right. It holds relevance even today.

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Paroma
I Knew Nothing Of Feminism Till I Watched Paroma Made By Aparna Sen

Aparna Sen's movie Paroma shows how  woman shackled to her different roles in a patriarchy, is stignmatised when she decides to live for herself.

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Rituparno Ghosh
Feminism Through The Cinematic Lens Of Veteran Bengali Director Rituparno Ghosh

On the fifth death anniversary of veteran Bengali director Rituparno Ghosh, let us take a look at some of his strong female-oriented movies.

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Heroes Of The Sea: First Ever All Women Team Who Created History In INS Tarini

An all women crew of Naval officers create history by becoming the first ever all women team to circumnavigate the globe in INSV Tarini. We are mighty proud of them.

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A Powerful Man Sexually Abused Me At 18 And I Still Have Nightmares About It

The author gives an honest personal account of being sexually abused in an unequal situation - something that happens more often than is reported.

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Kudos, Gayathri Subran, The First Dalit Woman To Wheel An Aircraft!

Twenty year old Gayathri Subran becomes the first Dalit woman pilot. Her story teaches us that sky is the limit for those who dream big.

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Do You Know These 4 Essential Things About Menstruation?

There is a lot of information on the net about menstruation, but here are 4 things that I think everyone, boy or girl, man or woman, should know.

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Satyajit Ray
The Portrayal Of Women In These Satyajit Ray Movies Was ‘Radical’ For Their Time

Satyajit Ray was a visionary ahead of his times. His presentation of women feels very contemporary, whether they were single, homemakers, or working women.

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obsession with breasts
Why Are So Many Men Obsessed About The Breast Size Of A Woman?

Breasts of a woman are certainly the stuff of men's fantasies, but a woman cannot be equated to her breast size. A movie review that speaks of this.

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Magnificent Manu Bhaker – Go The extra mile! Touch The Open Sky!

Magnificent Manu Bhaker - at just 16, her immense confidence and calm in the face of extraordinary challenges, is inspiring.

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Telugu News Anchor Radhika Kills Herself; Another Life Lost To Depression

“Due to depression I am killing myself.” Radhika wrote. Understanding depression is essential so we can be more supportive to people in its clutches.

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I Was The “Bad Girl” Who Had Watched Porn When She Was 15

I unwittingly watched porn on my 15th birthday, and I still remain the butt of jokes. Why are women judged for watching porn when men aren't?

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Roja
4 Things I Learnt From Roja, Which Helped Through A Difficult Time In My Life

Movies reflect life and life reflects movies. The movie Roja gave me the strength to follow my heart and do what I had to. I consider her a feminist icon.

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mastectomy
Talking Of Menstruation Is Cool After Padman. Mammography & Mastectomy Should Be Next

Time to destroy the taboo against talking about mammography and mastectomy, which prevents early detection of a fatal and common disease in women.

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My First Love #ShortStory

First loves are special and always stay with us. Here is the story of my first love, which will always remain irreplaceable to me.

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timid woman
I Am No Longer That Timid Woman You & Your Family Treated Like A Slave!

A personal account of an abusive marriage: "Just so you know times have changed. And I am no longer that timid woman whom you and your family treated like a slave."

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Chak De
Chak De! India – A Feminist Watch

Chak De! India might have the secret ingredient to women empowerment that we all might have been missing for so many years! Read here.

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A Woman She Is…

Women here, women there. Do you still know who she is? Can you bottle her in a definition? An attempt at containing what being a woman means.

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Holi Has Become An Excuse To Molest Women And So I Stopped Playing It!

Holi has become an excuse to harass and molest women and hence, I refuse to participate in this festival. Let's demand an end to this toxic culture.

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How I Found My Vocation For Dance Though I Had Lost Touch With It As Life Happened

This is a personal dance journey of the author. Though she is a qualified Engineer, she has found her calling in performing, and teaching dance to children.

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Emilie du Chatelet
The Story Of Emilie du Chatelet, A Woman In 18th Century France Who Fought Patriarchy For Science

Emilie du Chatelet lived in the pre-French Revolution France, and had to fight patriarchy to study science and maths, but today her contributions are recognised.

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Dear Sridevi, I Wanted To Be That Tough Woman You Played. We Will Miss You!

Besides her intense acting, Sridevi brought to many women a vicarious pleasure through the many 'tough women' roles she essayed - and enjoyed.

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Rekha
Why Rekha Is An Inspiration For Millions Of Indian Women

An extraordinary actor, Rekha has nevertheless battled a lot of personal demons and won, and is today undoubtedly a Diva to contend with.

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[#Poetry] I Know How To Wink, I Know How To Smile

Society truly progresses when women can freely express themselves, be it through a wink or a smile.This poem explores a woman's agency over her expressions.

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Asma Jahangir
A True Feminist Icon Passes Away. Asma Jahangir, “You’ll Be Sorely Missed”

As we mourn the loss of lawyer and activist, Asma Jahangir, let's look back at her life to derive inspiration from this feminist icon.

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sexually harassed at work
My Much Older Boss Tried To Get Uncomfortably Close When I Was A Novice At My First Job [#TrueStory]

It was my dream job, but what happened was nothing short of a nightmare, from which, happily, I woke up unscathed. Yes, I was sexually harassed at work.

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Mary Kom Clinches Another Gold Medal: Is The Sports Ministry Ready To Take Women’s Sports Seriously?

While male boxers stumbled, Mary Kom wins gold in the Indian Open Boxing Tournament proving that women in sports need to be taken more seriously!

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bipolar
This Young Woman Suffered From Acute Bipolar Disorder, But Reached Out For Help Just In Time

Helen, a 20 year old aspiring model, had acute bipolar disorder - also called manic depressive psychosis. Was it her fault, or the result of something else? 

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Dolores O’ Riordan: Cranberries Singer And A Mom Who Battled Depression

Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of the noted Irish Rock Band The Cranberries passed away recently. Here is a heartfelt tribute.

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Arth
5 Things I Learnt From The Classic Movie Arth About Relationships And Strong Women

The cult classic movie Arth was ahead of its time in the way it ended and the feminist message it sent to its viewers. Here is what I learnt from it.

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Francoise Barre-Sinousi
Salute! Francoise Barre-Sinousi Discovered The AIDS Virus Despite Facing Odds As A Woman Scientist

In the male dominated scientific milieu of the 80s, Francoise Barre-Sinousi discovered the AIDS virus HIV, paving the way for treatment of millions suffering from this deadly disease.

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I survived
I Survived! [#ShortStory]

I had just met this man and he seeks 'privacy', and I agreed! Maybe in my find I was thinking that this is the perfect man I am searching to end my loneliness? That I need a man else I am incomplete?

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You Are Single, How Do You ‘Manage’? Reflections On A Single Woman’s Sex Life

A single woman's sex life, whether it exists or not, seems to arouse curiosity in everybody else. Here's a personal experience.

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schizophrenia
Do You Hear Me, People? I Am Schizophrenia

Mental health issues are increasingly becoming more prominent in the society and yet we fail to take them seriously enough. Schizophrenia is one such problem that needs attention.

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I Am Nirbhaya. Am I Safe As I Go For A Movie Tonight?

5 years after what came to be known as the Nirbhaya case shook the country, can women confidently say that they are safe?

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the stranger
The Stranger Who Taught Me To Love And Live Life [#ShortStory]

I went back several times on the shore to see if the stranger was there, but he was not to be seen, he never came. I saw him in my dreams several times.

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Dipa Karmakar
Dipa Karmakar Faced Unimaginable Odds On Her Journey, But She Never Once Gave Up!

This is the story of Dipa Karmakar, who struggled against many odds to come up on top as the Olympic medal winner in the Rio Olympics in 2016

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gender bias in science
It’s Time #WomenSpeakUp And Stand Up Against The Gender Bias In The Field Of Science

The gender bias in science fields still keeps women out of the STEM areas, even when they have historically been equal contributors when they have a chance.

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Nafisa Joseph
The Story Of Nafisa Joseph: She Looked For Love, Life Said Otherwise

Nafisa Joseph took her own life after a failure in love. Is it worth it to destroy yourself for an unworthy person? Introspect and find your strength.

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Silk Smitha
Do You Hear Me? I Am SILK – I Am A Woman And I Want To Live

Vijayalakshmi Vadlapati, better known as Silk Smitha, thought herself a badass woman, yet she chose death at the age of 35, leaving her dreams unfulfilled.

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Jackie Collins
Why The Best Selling Author Jackie Collins Was Called “The Raunchy Moralist”

Jackie Collins is an unlikely hero in the world of writers - she is the queen of the erotica that speaks of sexual intrigue and forbidden relationships in Hollywood.

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lost him forever
And I Lost Him Forever! [#ShortStory]

It was during a common friend’s wedding. I was with my friend when I felt a hand on my shoulder. I turned, it was him. His eyes glued on me as he pulled me away.

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menarche
This Is Why Menarche Is Bad Enough Without A Patriarchal World Making It Difficult For Girls

Menarche, or the beginning of periods in a girl can be a traumatic event, and understanding it goes a long way in making it easy for her.

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