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The Real Reason More Women Aren’t Making A Complaint Though All Must Have A #MeToo Story

A step by step argument against those who ask why women haven't spoken up earlier, and why they are only speaking up on social media and not making actual complaints officially. Do read.

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As A Child, Lila Was Ridiculed For Her Dark Skin Because…Indian Beauty Myths!

It took Lila many years and much pain to realise that the flaw was not in her, but in the warped and conditioned minds of others, that held up only fair skin as beauty.

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I’m Busting These 7 Myths About Bisexual People, That Both Straight & Queer Folks Believe In

Most people are clueless about bisexuality, and even within the LGBTQ+ community in India, bisexual people are often stigmatised as 'greedy'. Here's setting y'all straight.

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I Want To Get Back To The IT Industry After A 2 Year Break. How?

Getting back to work is a challenge for many women, and especially in a dynamic industry like IT. Here are some thoughts on making the return. 

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I Started Working Full Time After 37, And Am Struggling But Still Learning

"I started working full time in an office at the age of 37 years and am still learning." This experience is so poignant and inspiring for every woman who is restarting her career late. 

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The Unexpected Gift Of Privacy

What would her mom say if she knew? But Maanasa seemed not bothered by such thoughts. She was so.... Titiksha searched for the right word, Maanasa was so uninhibited.

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My Two-Wheeler Riding Adventures, I Started After Turning 50!

New learning and life's adventure actually begin once relieved of all other responsibilities. With her riding experiments, Manjula Basavaraj explains how. 

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plus sized fashion bloggers
11 Indian Women Fashion Bloggers You Must Follow For Clothes With A Distinct Personality

Plus sized fashion is more than just clothes. It’s a personality type, and these plus sized fashion bloggers from India are proving just that.

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Yes, I Stand-up. You Gotta Problem? Mahila Manch Makes Ahmedabad Laugh

The Mahila Manch, a brand all female new stand up comedy group in Ahmedabad, is entertaining audiences with 'The Period Show'. We got group member Aarti Nair to share their story with us.

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Because I Am Taking A Road Not Travelled

"This is the question which had haunted me, kept me awake, made me question my decision, but the day I realised that I was not scared about it, in fact the thought excited me, I knew I had to take the plunge.”

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Indian policewomen
Why Indian Policewomen Are Strong Women Who Don’t Give A F*** About Being Feminist

One would expect Indian policewomen to be sensitive to the issues of their own gender, but this author's study shows that they weren't usually, just strong women choosing their battles.

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I Lost Friends Coming Out As Bisexual. Because, “What If You Are Attracted To Me?”

I'm bisexual. It is difficult for both straight and gay people to understand or accept this. This creates many problems of coming out as a bisexual that others can't fathom. 

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After Working In BPO, I Had A Career Break And Want To Restart Now: Mentor Centre

A woman who's worked in the BPO industry, but doesn't want to do night shifts now, wonders if there are job options available to her. What's your suggestion?

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bisexual
How Coming Out As Bisexual At 15 Has Been An Encouragingly Positive Experience

I am an bisexual teenager. While coming out to my mom and a small set of friends has been a positive experience, I hope that I will be able to come out openly some time.

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Dr. Priya Davidar: Life As A Woman Ecologist In India

Women ecologists in India used to be conspicuous by their absence, with fieldwork seen as 'unsuitable' for women. Pioneers like Dr. Priya Davidar have led the change!

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You Might Feel You Have A Normal Pregnancy, But Complications Can Happen To Anyone

Telling my pregnancy story of pre-eclampsia to alert others - if you have any of these symptoms, get help immediately. I survived, but it could kill.

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STDs in LGBTQ
HIV/AIDS Is A ‘Gay Disease’: This, And 8 Such Myths About STDs Busted

There are many myths about STIs and STDs in LGBTQ + individuals, that discriminate, and also prevent their easy access to sex education, prevention, and treatment.

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I’m Competing With A Man For A Promotion And Facing Gender Bias: Mentor Centre

Women aspiring for senior level marketing roles are often penalised for having 'no sales background'. How does one overcome this sometimes invisible barrier?

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Amla Mater
Devi Menon Creates A Tender Memoir Of Home Made Pickle And Pregnancy In Amla Mater [#BookReview]

Amla Mater, a memoir by Devi Menon is every bit as nostalgia inducing and mouth-watering as the title of this review suggests. Do look it up! 

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Dr. Bimla Buti: A Woman Scientist In A Field Dominated By Men

The women scientists of India, in the immediate post-independence period, braved enormous odds in the cause of their careers. Theoretical Plasma Physicist, Dr. Bimla Buti shares her experience.

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The Let Down: A Netflix Comedy That Captures The Unfunny In New Motherhood

The Let Down, which premiered on Netflix takes you on a roller coaster ride while capturing the woes of motherhood.

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Veere Di Wedding: Same Old Privileged Brat Woman As ‘Women Empowerment’?

Is Veere Di Wedding really about empowered women or just a very narrow slice of what single women in this country supposedly, want? 

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When My Husband Gets Up With Me At Night To Take Care Of Our Infant

This post has been taken down because of a prior copyright claim. About The Author Nupura Naik. I am a Working professional with 10 year experience in the field of Sales & Marketing. I love to read, write and paint. I am ambitious, and at the same time small things in life bring me happiness. […]

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Yes, In The Dirt, With Those ‘Homeless’ People!

The last line provoked Kavya. Her eyes flashed fire: Yes ma. I am not just going to learn from those 'homeless' people with their priceless craft, I am going to be living with them.

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I Love You The Most, My L’il Munchkin! You Are My World And My Sunshine

A new mom speaks of her journey through pregnancy and childbirth to now - how she felt, and how she fell in love with her new baby. 

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endometriosis
Living With Endometriosis: “I Thought My Insides Were On Fire!” My Personal Journey

Living with endometriosis since my teens, an unpredictable, painful, and often debilitating disease, has been very challenging & exhausting.

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kids with autism
My Son Has Autism. A BIG Thank You From The Heart, To Those Who Understand & Help

Not many people understand kids with autism. My son is one of them. Here is a BIG Thank You for all those who have made our journey beautiful.

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Do You Know About the Top 5 Memory Foam Mattresses That Can be Easily Bought Online?

Are you searching for memory foam mattress online? Well, we have also prepared ourselves to help you with your shopping.

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Lioness Out On The Streets

Mahima noticed just then that they had taken a route she was not aware of. “Uhh…where are you going?” She called out to the cabbie in as stern a voice as she could.

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you define yourself best
Don’t Let Others Dictate Who You Should Be, For You Define Yourself Best

“Oh you devil! Knowing Adil checks his mails on Sunday nights to prepare for the coming week. You sent him your resignation this morning!”

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Kani
When Grandma Told Me The Startling Truth About My Sister’s Work As A Surrogate Mom

To this, I said many mean things. Making a business around motherhood cannot possibly be about spreading love and happiness. Several people agreed with my notions. I must be right.

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That Little House In Langford Town We Left Behind Us

"I still don’t know what led us to grow apart." Some relationships end inexplicably. If you have one of those stories, you'll so relate to this one!

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“All You Need Is Love”. Umm, Sometimes, That Isn’t True

With the best intentions in the world, some marriages don't work out. Perhaps we need to rethink that bit about 'all you need is love'?

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Drenched In The Pain [#ShortStory]

The real pain had stood behind the momentary mask of her mother’s disapproval. Now that the mask was torn away, Sumana could not hold it in anymore. It was too much. Way too much.

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My Son Has Autism, And Thrives At A Parallel School. How Can You Judge Me For It?

My son is on the autism spectrum. I send him to a parallel school which is perfect for him, so it is unfair that I'm judged for it.

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Using A Menstrual Cup: “What If There’s No Toilet?” And Other Questions You Always Wanted Answered

The menstrual cup is a fairly new entrant among sanitary options - here are most questions about using a menstrual cup, answered by a user.

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vagina monologues
Preparing For The Vagina Monologues Helped Us Reclaim Our Power And Femininity

The She Stands Tall Project presents The Vagina Monologues in Bangalore this month. Here, some women share their stories of preparing for the project.

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enjoy my drink
Yes, I Enjoy My Drink… And Being A Woman Has Nothing To Do With It!

A contrary view by the author on the controversial statement by Manohar Parrikar that has most feminists in arms against the stereotyping.

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Baby Not Sleeping? You Might Be Surprised To Learn Why!

Contrary to popular belief, babies do not sleep all the time. Sure, when they’re a couple of weeks old, but after those early days, a new parent can get a rude awakening.

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The Calling
The Call(ing) [#ShortStory]

Even as as she said it, she tried to clamp down on her thumping heart, the rush of blood a roar in her ear, or so she imagined. She was desperate not to lose the caller.

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things a kid collects
Thank You For Giving Me The Gift Of Perspective On What Really Matters, Dear Daughter!

Sorting through the things a kid collects over the years, and deciding what to keep and what to throw can be a real dilemma. Here's how one mom solved it.

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Vairamuthu
Learning From Andal, Learning From The Devadasi

Modern women can learn much from Andal’s life and appreciate its beauty, without having to be sentimental about it or evaluating her in a 21st century context.

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different faiths
[#NotMyLoveJihad] My Mom & My Boyfriend Of Different Faith – My 2 Loves I Don’t Want To Pick From!

I love both my mom and my boyfriend dearly. But I can't tell her about him because we are of different faiths. I don't want to hurt either of them. #NotMyLoveJihad 

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Don’t Mock Me Just Because I Got A Divorce… Walk In My Shoes Instead!

Don’t judge me or negate me because I am a divorcee. You do not really know what the lives of couples who get divorced are really like.

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An Open Letter To Men: It’s Time For You To Step Up

The problem of the Double Burden cannot be solved just by women’s intervention. It’s really time now for men to do their fair share.

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Welcome To The ‘Ladies’ Club: Have Your Broom Handy!

However hard you try to run away from the Patriarchy, it seems to catch up with you… sometimes, in the form of the landlady! When women work outside the home, their work inside doesn’t magically go away! Women continue to bear the ‘double burden’ of two jobs – resulting in immense stress as well as […]

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perpetrators of violence against women
Let’s Shift Attention To Perpetrators Of Violence Against Women Instead Of Victim Blaming

We indulge freely in victim blaming, but do not think to blame perpetrators of violence against women. A hard look at this for International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women.

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Kirron Kher
Ms Kher, Your Advice To This Young Rape Survivor Smacks Of Victim Blaming!

Kirron Kher recently caused an uproar when she gave unsolicited advice to a young woman, blaming her for her actions which allegedly led to her rape.

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If A Wife Is Not Chattel, Why Is Hadiya, An Adult Daughter One?

The Supreme Court's recent judgement on the Hadiya case 'allowed' her back to college. However, aspects of the judgement as well as the way it is reported, are unsettling.

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I Feel Sad For Her, But I Applaud Her Courage In The Step She Took!

Appearances can be deceptive, as I realised when I came to know the reason for a neighbour's apparently strange behaviour. And now I applaud her courage!

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for the right man
“Weight” For The Right Man [#Winner]

“But look at Pihu. Does her size even bother her? If they reject her who will marry her? At the age of 29, I had two kids and look at this girl. Does she want to remain unmarried forever?"

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Fair or unfair
The Dark Secrets Of Indian Women: Fair Or Unfair?

The obsession with fairness in Indian girls and women is so all pervading that it affects all aspects of a woman's life. Fair or unfair?

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women's education project
WEP-India Fosters Confluence Of Ideas Towards A Bright Future For Women’s Education

Women's Education Project - India (WEP India) is a Bangalore based NGO that is working towards a goal of bettering the status of women through education. A report.

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what will people say
What Will People Say? [#Winner]

The last thing she wanted was for the family matriarch and her orthodox mother-in-law to hear this and rain hell on them for raising an insolent daughter.

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1 In 10 Girls Has Experienced Sexual Violence. What Are We Doing About It?

From strangers on the street, to husbands in the home, women in India face sexual violence from multiple sources, and want things to change NOW.

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The Troll Who Called Me A Chinki, And Why I Took Him On

When women dare to confront misogyny, they often face harassment of a worse order. This woman refused to shut up.

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the right solution
The Right Solution [#ShortStory]

But the past experience reminded me, it does not have to be one majorly abusive or explosive incident to drive them to the breaking point, it is a culmination of years of being harassed, years of subservience, years of being unable to speak out.

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“Speak Up And Raise The Alarm”: This Young Girl From Muzaffarpur Refuses To Stay Quiet

In an interesting two-day activity in Patna, teenaged girls and boys from Bihar and Jharkhand got together to debate what holds girls back.

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sarees
This Diwali, Buy One Of These 56 Handloom Saree Weaves And Flaunt Your Style

Sarees will never go out of fashion. Here are some unusual weaves that the author speaks so lovingly of, for all kinds of budgets. Check NOW!

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Anniversary Surprise [#ShortStory]

This was the best gift that I could ever give you, Sharad. But I don’t know why I waited for 25 years. I should have slapped you the very first day when you started disrespecting me.

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good news
Do You Have Some ‘Good News’?

Good news in India is synonymous with one thing, and one thing only. Impending motherhood, after getting married. That is important.

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Medha Khole
The Importance Of Not Being “Nice” Towards A Casteist Society’s Privileges

Pune scientist Medha Khole and her allegations against Nirmala Yadav have opened a can of casteist worms that need to be dealt with.

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Double Trouble, Double Fun
Double Trouble, Double Fun Is A Rollicking Personal Story Of Parenting Twins [#BookReview]

Double Trouble, Double Fun by Riti Prasad covers a twin mom's unique personal journey - a perspective not found in the usual books on parenting twins.

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Triple Talaq Verdict: SC Set The Bar High, But We Still Need More

The Supreme Court of India declared instant triple talaq illegal on 22nd August 2017. Let’s understand what this truly means.

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As A Film Reviewer, I Get Plenty Of Trolls And Mansplainers, And This Is My Answer To Them!

I am a film reviewer of South Indian movies, and I am not about to tolerate the nonsense I receive online in the comments, mostly from disgruntled men.

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broken
Broken [#ShortStory]

Is it possible? I had daydreamed about it but realized had never really believed I would do it. Yes, I was not in my conservative little hometown anymore. But still…

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Her Hard-hitting LinkedIN Post Helped This Mom Return To Work After Facing Bias

When moms return to work after a maternity break, they often face a bleak response or harsh questions. Here is a mom who fought back!

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Jakarta
Thank You, Jakarta, For Making Us Feel At Home!

The author, a well-travelled woman, speaks of the first year of her stay in Jakarta with her family, a city very different yet so similar to the cities in India.

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H4 visa
Wives On H4 Visa – How Do You Deal With The Depression That Dependency Causes?

Wives on H4 Visa effectively lose all right to financial independence, and that can lead to psychological problems. How do you deal with these troubles?

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My Mother In Law Has Made My Life A Soap Opera

A harrowing account of how a mother in law made the life of a woman difficult for no real fault of hers. A downright soap opera!

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Aadhar And Its (Dis)Contents: The How, Why, When, Where, What & Who

Time was when getting your Aadhar card was a breeze. Not anymore. Here is how to go about it.

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women's cricket
Girls Not Encouraged In Cricket – Will The Powers That Be Wake Up At Least Now?

Women's cricket is the rage, with our women in blue giving stellar performances in the World Cup. Will this mean better opportunities for our girls?

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counterview
Counterview [#ShortStory]

Only thing, here it was two heroines instead of a hero and heroine! I was in 10th std, still a little too young to fathom what exactly was going on.

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Harmanpreet Kaur Takes ‘Mithali’s Devils’ On To The Cusp Of Cricketing History

With Harmanpreet Kaur delivering an incredible performance, it’s time for us to cheer the Indian women’s Cricket team in the upcoming World Cup finals!

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Do You Have Any Idea How GST Is Hurting People With Disability?

While the government cites 5% GST on products that assist people with disability as a 'concession', what is the reality?

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Indian women bloggers
Are You A Feminist? Then Here Are 10 Indian Women Bloggers You Must Follow

With so many Indian women bloggers writing today, which ones must you follow if you think you are a feminist? The 10 bloggers listed below.

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Cows Are Safer Than Women In India, And Our Misplaced Anger Proves It

HEADLINES: A photography project featuring a woman wearing a cow mask created a furore nationally! What does this say about India today?

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How Not To Sound Desperate When You Want To Return To Work

Want to return to work after a career break? You may feel desperate but coming across like that can hurt your chances.

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These Women Threw An All Faith Iftaar For Ramzan. And It Was Beautiful

Will women be the force that brings communities and people together? A lovely account of a women-led all faith iftaar.

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M For Menstruation Gets Phullu An A for Adult-Only Certificate

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Government of India, has deemed the Hindi film Phullu, fit only for "adult" viewing because its story revolves around menstruation.

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how a father should not be
Father’s Day? Whatever!

Not all fathers are 'good fathers'. Here's a heart-wrenching personal account of how a father should not be.

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women travellers
Travelling As Women – The Good, The Bad, And The Alone

Indian women travellers going alone are rare even today. These accounts inform us of the anxieties and also the bright side of these escapades.

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Now You Needn’t Worry About Being Decently Dressed With This Sanskaari Clothes Bank!

Worried about being decently dressed when you go to meet that dignitary? Fret not. The Sanskaari Clothes Bank is here to the rescue!

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i want to live my life, amma
I Want To Live My Life, Amma! [#ShortStory]

“But deep down, I am sure nothing matters to you more than my happiness. And right now, I am perfectly content.

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Sita
Sita [#ShortStory]

We had started from the scratch, without any luxuries. But, we had the comfort of each other and we were happy in our little bubble. We thought, we could survive anything.

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“Women Worry That They May Be Branded As TroubleMakers” – An HR Manager Talks

This HR Manager candidly discusses the real sexual harassment cases she has seen, and tells us what we can learn from them.

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Kanika Gupta
How Kanika Gupta Did A Gruelling Solo Trek Without A Guide To The Annapurna Base Camp And Survived To Tell The Tale

Kanika Gupta describes the first 2 days of a gruelling solo trek to the Annapurna Base Camp, without any guide or porter, as her cash became worthless enroute due to demonetisation.

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Laila Tyabji’s Facebook Post Shows Us How To Embrace Ageing – In Style!

In an age where everyone is trying helter-skelter to look more younger, Laila Tyabji's views on aging gracefully is truly inspiring!

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She’s Not Just A Pretty Face [#Poetry]

A woman is more than her body. She's not just a pretty face. Her beauty is within, in the 'woman' she is inside, and that is what matters.

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Lipstick Under My Burkha
This Song Explains Why The Indian Censor Board Should Be Shown A Mirror

Talk about sexuality (from the male point of view) and we might have an open mind. But, have women talking about sexuality and our hypocritical society freezes up.

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My Mother, The Unexpected Rebel! [#ShortStory]

“If you bow down to everything society says, it will make sure that ‘You’ will be stripped from whom you really are.” Here is the fourth winner of our April 2017 Muse of the Month contest, Swarna Manjari Ayyalasomayajula. The cue for this month was from the movie Kahaani, in which the cop, played by Nawazuddin […]

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Nandita Venkatesan
Nandita Venkatesan Lost Her Hearing To Tuberculosis, Yet Is Today An Accomplished Bharatnatyam Dancer!

Nandita Venkatesan lost her health, hearing, and a 'normal life' to tuberculosis, but this valiant girl battled it and rebuilt her life.

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This Mother-Daughter Duo Found Their Calling In Helping Other Women Navigate Pregnancy With Joy

In an apartment in a quiet street in Chembur, Mumbai, the mother and daughter duo of Saraswathy Hariharan and Dr. Shalini Ananth are helping scores of women navigate the emotional and physical challenges of pregnancy and impending motherhood. Saraswathy Hariharan and her daughter, Dr. Shalini Ananth, run Aaroghya Pregnancy, offering a holistic pregnancy module covering […]

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Kareena Kapoor Is Bang On For Saying That Not All Pregnancies Are The Same

Talking on pregnancy recently, Kareena Kapoor recently said that all pregnancies are not the same, on being criticised for going out right after delivery. We need to remember this before passing judgement on new moms. As quoted in this interview, Kareena said, “Yes, I was on my feet a few days after the delivery, but it’s upsetting to […]

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Not-So-Dear Husband, This Is Why I Want A Divorce From You!

Sometimes, it is enough that a woman wants a life of dignity and is no longer willing to put up with abuse from a husband, normalized in a patriarchal society.

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Mothers. What Would We Do Without Them?

“The salary offered to my mother was much more than what my father earned and yet the topic of him leaving his job and looking for something in the US was never even considered as an option."

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SNEHA
A Grassroots Non Profit Organisation In Mumbai, SNEHA Does Some Very Good Work With Marginalised Women

SNEHA is a grassroots organisation that works in preventive and promotive healthcare among women and children in informal settlements and from marginalised populations.

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Women’s Self Worth Cannot Be Decided By Our Business Cards Or Their Absence Thereof!

What decides your self worth? Does it matter whether you are a homemaker or a working woman? The author muses today on occasion of #WomensDay.

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I want to destroy myself
I Want To Destroy Myself [#BookReview]

I Want To Destroy Myself is the best selling memoir of Malika Amar Sheikh, translated by Jerry Pinto from the Marathi original 'Mala Udhwasta Vyaychay'.

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In Your Own Skin: A Message From Taapsee Pannu

If more stars take a stand on fairness creams as Taapsee Pannu recently did, would we see less fascination with fair skin in India?

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Mirage [#ShortStory Winner – Muse Of The Month]

“All that glorious promise of a life to be… Now a zilch. Suddenly, everything she had believed in, all that she held dear to her heart had come to a naught. Her quest for perfection itself had been a mirage.” A short story.

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On World Disability Day, Walking In The Steps Of The Visually Impaired. An Extraordinary Experience

A visually impaired woman helped me navigate when I tried walking with a blindfold in solidarity this World Disability Day. Respect!

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Virtual Banter [#ShortStory]

“To reinvent oneself, any place can be home. Pack your bags, follow life as it is calling you right now. Who knows what is in store?” A short story.

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Turning Point [#ShortStory]

“Unwilling at first, she understood that she had to bring courage from her innermost reserves and step out into the world, even if it meant working in a bank to feed her family.” A short story.

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I, The Salt Doll [#BookReview]

Yesteryear actress Vandana Mishra's memoir has been translated by Jerry Pinto as I, The Salt Doll, and tells the story of a strong woman facing her challenges.

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My Worth, My Measure [#ShortStory]

“But what is a person’s value? Who defines or measures that? Does it only exist to benefit someone?" A short story about self-worth.

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Not Just Religion, Science Needs To Take Its Fair Share Of The Blame For Gender Discrimination Too!

Those who put all blame for gender discrimination on religion forget to take into account the many ways science can be anti-women too. A balanced view.

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A Navaratri For My Daughter, A Navaratri That Truly Celebrates Women

Navaratri is meant to be a celebration of the female as the supreme power. Let's use it as an opportunity to raise questions about the stereotypes and ignorance that still occupy our lives.

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Occupy Navratri: A New And Meaningful Way To Celebrate Navratri In Your Home!

Traditional celebrations often propagate stereotypes. Occupy Navratri is a way of challenging stereotypes and creating awareness.

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A Family Of My Own [#ShortStory]

"I wish I had not gone searching for something that I felt was missing. Cause it wasn’t." Look for the freedom within yourself.

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What Freedom Really Meant! [#ShortStory]

Freedom, she had thought, was to be able to have fun whenever she wanted. Until she realized what freedom really meant! 

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Garrisoned Minds Throws A Spotlight On How Women In War Torn Areas Suffer Just For Being Women

Garrisoned Minds speaks of women who suffer specifically as women, when they live in strife torn regions. Sometimes for no direct fault of theirs.

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The Curious Case Of The Dog In The Rejected Marriage Proposal

Karishma Walia turned down a marriage proposal because the guy was unable to come to terms with the dog in her life. More power to her for speaking up about her choice.

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Girls Didn’t Cycle In Her Neighbourhood, But Biplabi Shrestha Didn’t Let That Deter Her From Learning At 34

Biplabi Shrestha speaks about her journey of learning cycling at 34 in a society that discouraged girls from cycling, an empowering and refreshing experience.

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Want Emergency Contraceptive Pills? Birth Control Rights In India Not As Simple As You Think!

Having free access to birth control methods is a question of healthcare and not about morality. Women should have reproductive and birth control rights in India. 

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Zarine’s Disgrace [#ShortStory]

"For the first time she was doing something for herself on her own. And she did not feel guilty." A short story about social autonomy.

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Hard Choices [#ShortStory]

Standing up to people you love needs more courage than standing up to others. And sometimes, hard choices need to be made for your self-esteem.

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Here Is What We Can Learn From The West About Caring For The Elderly

With longer life expectancies, both spouses working and no experience of caring for the elderly, what can we learn from the West to make it better for everyone? 

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“Chhota Bheem Is Strong And Chutki Tires Quickly” Do We Want To Give This Skewed Message To Our Children?

Teaching children about gender bias begins at home. It is the small things we do and say as parents, that gives rise to the culture of 'boys will be boys'!

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We MUST And SHOULD Be Flexible, But What About You, Dear Husband?

A married Indian woman is supposed to do all the adjustments for the sake of the marriage. What about the husband? Shouldn't he hold up his part of the deal?

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Waves [#ShortStory]

"The waves had claimed her." A story of love, loss, and grief that yet has a dreamlike quality.

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This Father’s Day I Decided Not To Have A Second Child With My Abusive Husband

We have relationship problems and my husband was abusive during my first pregnancy. So this Father's Day I have decided not to have another child with him.

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Dear Mumma, Have You Forgotten Why You Are My Superhero? [#ShortStory]

"You have given me the gift of independence, Mumma and I love you for that." A letter asking a mother to remember her own lessons, at a low point in life.

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To Be Or Not To Be [#ShortStory]

“We are women, Draupadi, of royal blood. We do not have the luxury of exercising our choices, our personal likes and dislikes." A fabulous modern retelling.

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My Husband Wants Me To Go Back To India As According To Him I Don’t Keep The Home Clean!

The work of a homemaker is never done. But this is not understood by many husbands who think their wife is idling away her time and having fun all day!

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Returning Home. May 2016 Muse Of The Month Winning Entry by Anindita Roy

'Their daughter, who had always been the centre of their world ever since she had come into their lives, was now blinded by some filthy substances.' May 2016 Muse of the Month.

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How I Crowdfunded My Learning Project, And What You Can Learn From It

Crowdfunding to study or learn is a very new concept; Aruna Raman who tried it out shares all her learnings with you.

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Making Social Change Need Not Always Be Grim Work, As UnGendered, A Stand-up Comedy Show Proves

Comedy can be a wonderful tool for social change. UnGendered, presented by Shenomics in Bangalore on 22nd May attempts just this.

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6 Myths People Harbor About Big Sized Girls. Winning Entry By Shuchi Singh Kalra For The KAARYAH Writing Contest

There are many stereotypes about plus sized women prevalent. Which of these 6 mythical stereotypes do you believe in?

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A Son Dispels The Stereotype Of Beauty. Winning Entry By Khyati Bheda Savla For The KAARYAH Writing Contest

Breaking stereotypes works best when it is done by those in a position of privilege. Here is a son breaking the stereotypes about how a mother should dress.

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No Outlaws In The Gender Galaxy Makes You Question Everything You Know About Gender [Book Review]

No Outlaws In The Gender Galaxy discusses how society fails all those who biologically do not identify as male or female in terms of social privilege.

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What About The Other Man In A Relationship?

The other woman usually faces criticism rather than empathy. What if there is the other man in a relationship with a married woman? What would his feelings be?

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Outdoor Photography In India For The Woman Who Loves To Walk

Outdoor photography in India does not always have to mean wildlife or landscapes of unusual beauty. Our cities offer plenty too.

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Subhashini Subramaniam’s BabyBerry App Is A Boon For Busy Parents Today

A chance experience as a busy parent who forgot about keeping track of her child's vaccinations led Subhashini Subramaniam to develop the BabyBerry app.

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Saying Goodbye To My Father. Winning Entry By Pooja Sharma Rao For The #GoodwynTea Writing Contest

Women are not permitted many things in our society. This woman had to fight for her right to perform the last rites for her father. #GoodwynTea contest winning entry.

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Hellcats To The Rescue. Winning Entry By Kalyani Chidambaranathan For The #GoodwynTea Writing Contest

The burglars had thought it would be an easy target. But they hadn't realized what 'mere women' could do, if they joined forces! #TeaBagStrength winning entry.

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I Am Beautiful Because I Choose To Believe I Am. March 2016 Muse Of The Month Winning Entry By Jasmine Kaur

'Nature can choose how I look. But only I can choose what I can make of it.' A thoughtful piece that will make you introspect on your choices.

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Bicycle Dreaming – How Girls Cope When Excluded By Their Families In Important Decisions [Book Review]

In her book Bicycle Dreaming, Mridula Koshy tells the story of the dreams of a young girl of thirteen, who is baffled by her family's actions.

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How Anuradha Bajpai Founded A Startup That Lets You Exchange Books

Anuradha Bajpai wanted a place to connect with like-minded readers, so she co-founded Woodpie, a successful platform for book exchange.

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A Letter From The Other Woman To The Man Who Will Never Be Hers [#ShortStory]

The other woman. What about her feelings, her dreams, wishes, wants and needs? For isn't she a woman like every other woman, after all? 

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Normal, Yet Not So Normal. February 2016 Muse Of The Month Winning Entry By Vijayalakshmi N.

Yes, I was completely a normal girl, but did society see me as one? Or was my 'normal' always to be tainted by the 'fault' they thought I had? 

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Tossed About By Time. January 2016 Muse Of The Month Winning Entry By Priya Parul Singh

Whether in an arranged match or otherwise, heartbreak is never easy. Is it possible to find love again, even after being tossed about by time? The fifth winning entry for the Muse of the Month.

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Why Entrepreneurs Need To Understand The Value Of Design Thinking

Design thinking for entrepreneurs explained: Read on to know what it means to bring design into the heart of your business.

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Evolved Pawns. January 2016 Muse Of The Month Winning Entry By Jyothi Vinod

Life, growing up, can take strange directions, often led by our choices - the underdog and the top-dog might easily change places. The fourth winning entry for the Muse of the Month.

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Sarah: The Suppressed Anger Of The Pakistani Obedient Daughter

This short graphic novel, Sarah: The Suppressed Anger of the Pakistani Obedient Daughter, though from across the border, tells the story of an almost 18 girl who is aware of and resents the discrimination between her and her brother.

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A 14 Year Old Tells Us Why She Can Never Be Without A Book To Read

A 14 year old tells us in this piece how books have become the stuff of dreams for her, and how she can never be without a book.

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A 10 Year Old Who Became A Reader Despite Being Discouraged

A 10 year old talks about how she became a reader despite her parents not wanting her to waste time on books.

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A 9 Year Old Tells Us Why Books Are His Best Friends Now

A 9 year old tells us in this sweet piece, how books became his best friends, despite a crippling eye affliction.

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4 Great Ways To Accessorise Stylishly With Indo Western Office Wear

Love wearing Indo Western office outfits to work? Here are some great accessories to team up with my last post on Indo Western wear for work.

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Here Are 6 Things My Husband And I Would Like To Tell Other New Parents

Advice for new parents can be a deluge! Yet, hearing the experiences of other new parents does help. Here are 6 super useful things to know.

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Add These 4 Indo Western Looks To Your Office Wear For Effortless Style

Tired of wearing formal shirts and trousers, or churidar-kurta combinations to work? These Indo Western looks for office wear are a nice change!

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How Dale Carnegie ‘Book’ed My Life

Here the writer describes how as a child books never interested her until one day, she found a book, that changed her life. Our fourth winning entry for December writing theme.

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Bajirao Mastani: Bhansali’s Dream, Just Short Of Brilliance [Movie Review]

Our movie reviewer Saumya Baijal says that Bajiroa Mastani is a must watch, if nothing, watch it for the world Sanjay Leela Bhansali delicately creates.

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A Girl Like No Other: Meet 8-Year-Old Mhonbeni Ezung The Youngest Recipient Of Bravery Awards 2015

Mhonbeni Ezung is the youngest recipient of the National Bravery Award this year – for a feat that is not only astonishing, but endearing as well.

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A Letter To My Son: The Shame Of Being An Over-Weight Woman In India

A mother writes a very moving letter to her son, on the shame society body shames a woman when it comes to her physicality. It begins from birth itself.

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Come As You Are : The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life [Book-Review]

Here is the review of 'Come As You Are,' that as the book itself says, will transform your sex life. Have a look.

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An Open Letter To A Much Younger Friend And Colleague Talking About Sexual Harassment

A woman writes a letter to her younger colleague opening up about the sexual harassment she faced in the streets, which she kept buried deep within her.

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May One Son At A Time, Know His Mother’s Struggle: A Letter To My Son

A mother writes a letter to her son, recounting her struggles of growing up as a woman. She rightly says that it begins right at birth.

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A Children’s History of India [Book Review]

Our youngest reviewer Arya, reviews the book 'A Children's History of India,' and she says that you will definitely love history once you read this book.

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How Did You Manage It, Miss Havisham?

This October Women’s Web, with JustBooks, is running Book Talk, a writing theme where you get to write (read) about books that inspire you. Our third winning entry is unusual, quirky and delightful as ever!

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This Enterprising Entrepreneur Has Made Playtime Her Business!

Shalini Vij is the Founder of Hang Out, a chain of Family Entertainment centers in Delhi and Gurgaon. What drives her to follow her passion, despite health challenges? Find out!

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The Edge of Another World By Pepita Seth [Book Review]

Three women, three different countries, and a black dog. Pepita Seth's The Edge Of Another World links apparently disparate elements and combines them in a swathe of mystery.

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The Mare’s Trap: Nature and Culture in the Kama Sutra [Book Review]

In 'The Mare's Trap,' Wendy Doniger explores the Kamasutra looking at it in the context of texts from the same time period, like the Arthashastra and Manu’s doctrines.

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How To Deal With An Abusive Partner? Here Are 5 Ways #BearNoMore

How to deal with an abusive partner? The process might not be easy. But worth the effort. Here are 5 ways to deal with an abusive partner.

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8 Signs That You Are Living In An Abusive Relationship #BearNoMore

Here are 8 signs of an abusive relationship. Are you living in one? Maybe it's time, you make a choice to protect yourself.

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Nari: A Story About Sex, Relationships And Consent [Book-Review]

An unusual story of sexual abuse, Nari by Sharath Komarraju's explores the nuances of sex, relationships, and consent.

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Aarushi [Book Review]

Who killed 14 year old Aarushi Talwar? The question continues as Journalist turned writer Avirook Sen tries to find an answer in his latest book, "Aarushi."

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Walking Away From A Committed Relationship And How I Survived It

Walking away from a committed relationship brings in the guilt of leaving someone in pain. Surviving that guilt, itself is another story - a survivor's story.

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Jainee Gandhi: Stories From A Serial Entrepreneur Who Just Kept Going!

Image Management consultant and entrepreneur Jainee Gandhi shares an very candid account of her journey – ups and downs, joys and sorrows all.

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A Letter To My Father: A Relationship That Endures

A daughter writes a heartfelt letter to her father after he passes away. Read on!

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When Women Invest In Women, Many Problems Find A Solution

Investing in social entrepreneurs with a focus on women and gender equality can help tackle poverty in many communities.

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How Do We Support Queer Boys & Men Who Face Harassment?

While most victims of sexual harassment are women, men who do not conform to stereotypically masculine traits also face it.

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Public Transport And Safety: A Checklist State Organisations Need To Look At

Street sexual harassment is not just a personal issue. We need governments at all levels to help prevent as well as report incidents.

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Building Intimacy In Marriage While Creating Balance

Building intimacy in marriage is not just about the physical; emotional intimacy happens as a result of respecting differences - while communicating what you need.

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A Father Of Three Girls Speaks Out: Let Us Not Detest Girls

The love and support that girls give their parents is no lesser than that boys do. It is time we stopped devaluing girls.

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Are You Sure? The One Question A Girl Who Is Harassed Doesn’t Need To Answer

If a girl or woman tells you that she was harassed, help her take action against the attacker. Don’t ask her how “sure” she is!

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The Life Story Of A Woman Scientist Who Started Her Career In The Sixties

Scientist Vijaya Sinha started her career in the sixties, at a time when female graduates in India were few. Her story inspires Indian women in science today.

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It’s Men Who Need To Take The Pledge Against Harassment

Can women be a part of public celebrations too? Yes, if men take a pledge against harassment!

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How Can Marriage Be A True Partnership? Let’s Look At Conflicts Differently

Conflict over gender roles often leads to deep unhappiness in relationships today. Should we just give up in despair, or are there ways to create a more harmonious partnership?

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How Long Will We Lock Up Girls To Keep Them “Safe” From Harassment?

Young girls often face their first experience of street harassment even before they can understand what is happening to them.

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Staying Quiet About Street Sexual Harassment Hurts Us In The Long Run

It is not always easy to speak up when we see sexual harassment happening in front of us. Yet, not speaking up hurts us in the long run.

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Day In The Life Of An Entrepreneur: Bhumika Anand, Bangalore Writers Workshop

Bhumika Anand, once a cubicle dweller, found her home at the Bangalore Writers Workshop (BWW). This is her story in the world of words.

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Shalini Singh Galvanise PR
There Is No Plan B For An Entrepreneur: Shalini Singh, Galvanise PR

Shalini Singh is the Founder of not one but two businesses – Galvanise PR and Speakers MIC. How does she do it? Listen to her story.

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Leaving Home With Half A Fridge [Book Review]

Leaving Home With Half a Fridge is the author's story. It takes the reader though the various aspects of a divorce and the journey involved.

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Day In The Life Of An Entrepreneur: Malini Gowrishankar

Malini Gowrishankar is an Engineering graduate, a voice-over artist and a mom who now helps women hit the refresh button in their lives with F5 Escapes.

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Working With Crafts Is A Journey : Rashmi Singh, Moya

Rashmi Singh, an NID graduate deeply committed to the Indian craft heritage began Moya, as a way to bring innovative craft-based products to a discerning audience.

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What Research Reveals About Massage & Bathtime Rituals

Massage and bath time rituals help in bonding and enhance a child's sense of well-being. Here is more on the science behind the ritual.

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Merry Christmas

Relationships aren't easy, especially when they end. Here's a moment of moving on, captured warmly by this winning entry for our muse of the month contest!

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Cycle Of Change

Our lives are a cycle of change, and this winning entry for the Muse of the Month contest chronicles it beautifully.

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Laughing Till It Hurts: The Thin Line Between Being Funny And Being Sexist

What we laugh at says a lot about us, as well as the source of humour. Here's an exploration of the thin line between humour and sexism in stand-up comedy.

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Canvas

Love is a blank canvas, and you're free to paint it with whatever colour you want, says this post!

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Love Through The Ages

Everything changes. Yet, nothing does. Here's a story to explain this paradox beautifully.

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In The Dark No More: A Letter From A Wife

Not all marriages are made in heaven. Some can be hellish, and one must try to break free. Here's an attempt, and hope.

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A Day, An Eternity

Most of us turn to a higher force for solace, for a patient ear, for a solution. Here's a look at the receiving end of our prayers and whining!

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The Listener

We're talking all the time, but are we really listening? Here's a beautiful glimpse into people and conversations.

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Pragati Srivastava
Entrepreneurship Is Not The Preserve of Big Metros Alone: Pragati Srivastava

Graphic Designer Pragati Asthana Srivastava takes us through her journey and her day, as a Technology Entrepreneur in Lucknow.

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The Match

Love and marriage are bound by no rules, contrary to public perception. Here is a warm story about choosing love.

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Writer’s Dilemma

Today, more than ever, needs writers who let their ideas run free, to inspire the world. Here is an ode to the writer's dilemma - to be or not to be free?

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Shweta Foulger
A Day In The Life Of An Entrepreneur: Shweta Foulger, Green OK Please

Shweta Foulger who has moved from running a blog on all things sustainable, to creating a business from it, Green OK Please talks about her life as an entrepreneur.

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The One

What happens when the past, present, and future dance together? This intricately woven story will make you wonder.

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I am, I am, I am [Poem]

Who am I? I am many things, and all things possible, says this lovely poem on the self.

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A Menstruation Kit With A Difference: Sadhvi Thukral [Interview]

A young innovator has designed a kit to make information available to blind women. We talk to Sadhvi Thukral about her menstruation kit, her inspiration, and her vision.

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The Perfect Husband

The wheel of this woman's life seems to have come to a standstill; an unusual event gets it moving again.

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Agony And Ecstasy

Sometimes, the wheel can only come full circle if we let it - if we are honest with ourselves and can face up to the truth of our own lives.

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Ferris Wheel

The wheel stops for no one - at least, no one who is still living. You just have to scramble along as best as you can.

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Mrs.Bagchi

Call it karma or the wheel of time, it doesn't make an exception for anyone, says this story of a matriarch.

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A Day In The Life Of An Entrepreneur: Swaathi K, Skcript

Swaathi Kakarla is Co-Founder at Skscript, a start-up technology firm. But here's what's interesting - while a tech entrepreneur, she is still at college.

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On Indra Nooyi And The Trouble With Having It All

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has got a lot of press recently for her interview on why women can't have it all. A contrarian point of view.

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Courage

Creativity is not only a gift, but also a responsibility, says this writer, who talks about why she wants to tell her untold stories.

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The Rainbow

The writer tells the story. But equally, the story makes the writer. An interesting story on what each does for the other.

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The Untold Tale Of Soorpanakha

Sometimes, our stories are told by others, and we have to reclaim them. What would Soorpanakha have said, if she had told her own story? Winner, June Muse of the Month.

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Shadow Play [Book Review]

Shadow Play, by Shashi Deshpande, is a serene read about what makes people human - by exploring relationships, families, and the lives of women.

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The Retreat

Short and bittersweet, this story will set you thinking whether it is indeed the heart that makes the best choices!

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The Forbidden Meal

How precious is the meal that this grandmother prepares for her beloved granddaughter - made of so much more than the ingredients that go into it.

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God in every stone, by Kamila Shamsie
A God In Every Stone [Book Review]

Kamila Shamsie's new novel, A God In Every Stone, set in the Partition era has at its heart a quest for identity through archaeology.

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The Room

A woman, a man and a room. This short story takes place in limited space-time, but speaks volumes about the brain and heart. Winner of May's Muse of the Month theme

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I Want To Return My Heart, Cried Robo The Robot

Can one be perfectly happy (or even happier!) without a silly heart to interfere with the workings of the crafty brain? Winner of May's Muse of the Month theme

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Move Over Sun And Give Me Some Sky, I’ve Got Some Wings And I’m Ready To Fly

Some journeys inspire you, some refresh you, and some are magical. This piece is about a woman's journey to independence, and what true freedom means to her.

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Support mothers on mothers day
This Mother’s Day, Make It Count For Maternal Health In India

Even as celebrate Mother's Day with flowers and cards, the state of maternal health in India is appalling. This Mother's Day, can we pledge to support mothers?

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5 Simple Ways To Create A Greener Wardrobe

An ecofriendly wardrobe does not mean dressing up in leaves! Fashion consultant Babita Jaishankar gives us tips on creating a green wardrobe.

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Myths about infertility
4 Common Myths About Infertility

As many couples find themselves having difficulty with conceiving a child, infertility is a problem that needs to be talked about more

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Who is a powerful woman
Does A Woman Need To Act ‘Masculine’ To Prove She Is ‘Powerful’?

We call a woman powerful when she does something that is traditionally 'masculine'. What does this say about Power and how we perceive it?

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One With The World

A woman who never felt the world belonged to her, decides to become one with the world.

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The Rant

When all the world seems to be conspiring against us, one little act of kindness can make the world seem a much more friendly place!

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Adam And Eve [Poem]

Even when the world was young, did Eve believe that the world was her own? This poem will set you thinking.

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Muse of the Month April 2014
The Condition Of Conditioning

The world expects us to be ambitious. We are ambitious. Is that why being a housewife feels like we are letting ourselves and everyone else down?

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A Woman's Body
A Woman’s Body [Poem]

When a woman learns to love her own body, she is one step closer to accepting herself fully.

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Professional Help? No, Thank You, We’re Asian!

South Asian families living in many parts of the world often support each other in tough times. But sometimes, we need additional help beyond the family.

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A tribute to Khushwant Singh
A Tribute To A Fearless Writer: Khushwant Singh

Khushwant Singh was a fearless writer, not just by profession, but in every sphere of his life. This inspiring writer's life leaves behind many lessons.

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A Day In The Life Of: Ally Matthan

Ally Matthan, the Founder of Areev, a brand of naturally derived Indian personal care products shares her day as an entrepreneur with us.

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Women Tech Makers Chennai
Come Join The Women Tech Makers

How can the biggest industry of this century have so few female engineers? Women Tech Makers is about getting together as women passionate about technology.

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Amul Butter Woman

Author Juliet Philip shares the story of how the Amul Butter woman shaped her teenage rebel feminist years

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Mother with breast cancer
My Mom, My Hero

Sharing the story of my mother's battle with breast cancer and determination to carry on living as normal.

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What I learnt from my child
Six Things I Have Learnt From My 3 Year Old

Six wonderful life lessons, learnt from a 3 year old child. In short: Enjoy life.

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Teaching boys no means no
When A No Is A Yes

Why do so many men believe that a No is a Yes? We need to start with teaching boys that a No means No.

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Taking The Beam Out Of Our Own Eye

Each time we accept all the markers of being a good woman, we accept that we are not equal.

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Grow Up, Dear Son, But With Your Heart In The Right Place

How is raising compassionate boys possible if we refuse to extend compassion to boys, if we don't allow them to cry?

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Girl becomes a woman
Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon

When does a girl become a woman? Why do we think only motherhood or a man's love makes her a woman?

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the perfect mother identity for women
The Divine Guilt Of Motherhood

Why does the guilt of motherhood occur? Mothers feel guilty because of the perfect mother stereotype we are expected to uphold

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Obsession with fair skin in Indian women
The Obsession With Fair Skinned Women

The obsession with fair skin for Indian women means women are judged first on their looks, and especially complexion

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Pushing For Change In Corporate India

Women in corporate India are not a rarity any longer, but the challenges faced by working women in India continue.

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gender discrimination in India
It Is Time We Stop Taking Such Blatant Gender Discrimination In India For Granted!

Gender discrimination in India is a reality that we need to recognize in the seemingly ordinary occurrences around us, and help root it out.

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child marriages India
The Reality Of Child Marriages In India

Child marriages in India are a reality that need us to work not only with adolescent girls but build support for them in the community and state.

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You Must Have Done Something Wrong

Rishi Verma is 29. He is a writer by profession, and by choice. To pay his bills, he works in advertising. To bring peace to his life, he writes fiction, strums the guitar tunelessly and reads like a maniac. Some of us remember Tobu Cycles and Campa Cola from our childhood. Memories of Mario and […]

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Blessed With A Girl

Reshma Gude is a software professional and mother to a young child. She blogs at Reshma Musings. Whenever my husband and I talked about having a baby, we always pictured it to be a little girl dressed in a pink frock with matching pick hair band and pink shoes. During my pregnancy, whenever anyone asked […]

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The Third Girl

Sakshi Nanda is a writer, with a past stint in the publishing industry. She says, “I love cooking ideas, and having them read even more!” She blogs at Between Write And Wrong. Not all of us are conceived in the hope of a boy. But I was. Most certainly I was. I felt it as […]

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What girls must not do
Bury The ‘MUST’ And ‘SHOULD NOT’s Please!

What girls must not do is a long list of rules that seem designed to keep them submissive and unquestioning!

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Indian women in danger
She Is In Danger

Indian women and girls are in grave danger, says Rakhee Ghelani, as part of the #GirlsROCK campaign

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