Kalpana Manivannan

A mother of two amazing kids and a teacher by profession, I have varied interests. Apart from being an avid reader, I dabble in gardening. My love for painting, cooking, travelling and jotting down my random musings keeps me wonderfully occupied. With all this going, I still am my happiest being a mother and a wife as my world revolves around my family and for me, their love is what makes the world go round.

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How I Moved From Helpless Anger Against Circumstances To Making Positive Change

At the surface level, feminism may seem like it's a war; war against injustices, inhumanity, inequality...Yes, to some extent it is. But that isn't all it is.

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Pamela Malhotra
Meet Pamela Malhotra, Who Has Recreated 300 Acres Of Forest Sanctuary In India Along With Her Husband

I enjoyed reading the strong love for nature, encounters with wildlife and the innate wisdom of our ancestors and how they revered our connection with Earth. This love reverberates throughout the narration.

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And This Is How The Rebellious Girl I Was Became A Silenced, Invisible Woman…

She is neither seen nor heard. It makes one wonder – Is a woman invisible? Can’t they see her? Does she exist only to serve others? What about her own identity?

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I Will Not ‘Adjust’ Any More For Your Comfort; Why, Does That Make You Uncomfortable?

All my life through the words and actions of everyone around I have heard "you don't matter" - now is the time for me to return the favour!

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Mandira Bedi Happy For No Reason
Mandira Bedi Talks Face To Face About Why She Is Happy For No Reason

Mandira Bedi has always broken stereotypes, and spoke about all of that after she recently published her book Happy For No Reason, which takes an insightful look at her life.

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Come, Let Instagrammer Nikaytaa Help You Fall In Love With The Various Avatars Of The Versatile Saree

Even if you are a saree lover, I can bet you don't know all the different ways in which Nikaytaa can teach you to drape it! Read on.

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Kid Gone To University? 8 Moms Share What They Did To Ease The Ache Of An Empty Nest

How to deal with an empty nest when your kid grows up, and goes away to college? No matter how prepared you think you are, you can never be ready for it when it hits you.

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Dear Daughter, You Don’t Have To Lower Your Standards To ‘Fit Into’ A Patriarchal Society

Even in educated, more aware circles, there is a lack of gender equality, which could make kids raised by feminist, 'woke' parents a misfit in society. But does it need to be so?

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To Dye Or Not To Dye, Is The Question Being Asked Among My ‘Silver Sisters’

To dye or not to dye... now that I am greying, this is a big question, says the author. But she is keen on embracing her grey hair, and looks for support to her 'silver sisters'.

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My Husband And I Tried To Break A Gender Stereotype By Cooking Together In A TV Show

As an organic farmer, I was called to participate in a cookery show on Zee5, along with my husband. I hope we broke some gender stereotypes by cooking together.

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Why Are We Chasing A Cheap Dream Instead Of The Healthy, Organic Stuff?

Healthy, home-grown, homemade stuff is always expensive, but if you can afford it or do it yourself, it is always a better option than cheaper products that might be 'convenient'.

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Why Your Ageing Parents’ Emotional Health Really Matters For Their Well-Being

At an age when we mostly worry about their physical health, we might be overlooking our ageing parents' emotional health that is crucial for their well-being. 

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Why I Quit My Well-Paying And Stable Job To Become A Farmer

When I knew nothing much about it, what was it that drove me to become a farmer? Why did I quit a high-flying, safe city job to take up farming? 

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A Recent FB Group Fight On Veganism Made Me Think: How Intolerant Are We?

In the race to be the 'most progressive' person, we are becoming intolerant of others' choices. When Change happens, it's important to applaud it rather than berate people for how slow they are!

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Moving Towards A Zero Waste Lifestyle Has Been Very Rewarding; 9 Tips On How You Can Too

As a family we have made small changes in our daily choices to move towards a zero waste lifestyle. If everyone made these choices, we could do our bit towards the environment.

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No, Thank You, I Certainly Don’t Want That Superwoman Cape!

Women might be able to 'do it all' today, but the superwoman cape that is foisted on them is unwanted - for we want to be human beings living our dreams...

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Choose The Sun & Sands Of The Andamans For Your Big Summer Trip This Year

It's March. Time to plan for the big summer vacation trip. What better than the Andamans where you can chill and have adventures too?

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Be Different, You’re A Limited Edition! [#Shortlisted]

The girls happily swirled in their pretty dresses, admiring themselves and remarking at what others wore. So typical, something normally expected of little girls, right?

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Kid Asks Uncomfortable Questions? Congratulations! You Have Done Something Right As A Parent!

Does your kid annoy you by asking too many (uncomfortable) questions? It isn't disobedience, even if you think so, but a sign of your successful parenting! 

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Is My Child Being Honest With Me? Does My Child Feel Safe Being Honest With Me?

Are our children telling us things openly and honestly? More importantly, are we being the parents our children can feel safe being honest with?

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Because Gender Sensitization Of Kids Begins At Home…

It is imperative that we be role models for our kids for gender sensitization which should be part of parenting, and have a more liberal and feminist gen next!

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4 Golden Values That My Kids Learn By Doing Daily Chores Around The House

Kids doing chores at home does not just get these done, but they learn some golden values that will always stand them in good stead in life.

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Let’s Teach Our Children The Importance Of Failure…

We talk to our children about succeeding in their endeavours, but have we thought about the importance of failure on their journey in life?

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I Found Myself With Joint Pains That Wouldn’t Go Away With Treatment. That Is When I Discovered Yoga

Yoga has incredibly simple solutions for aches and pains that occur due to bad posture and the inflexibility of modern life. Here is how I harnessed it.

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Why I Hate The ’10 Things Lists’ About Parenting That Pop Up In My News Feed All The Time!

Parents are human after all. Please, let's cut ourselves some slack here, and not fall prey to the peer pressure of following all the parenting advice that pops up online.

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Let Us Get Rid Of This Menace Called Multitasking And Live Happier And More Productive Lives

Multitasking is the scourge of our lives today as women, and it is expected that we do many things well and efficiently. Is this really what we want?

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When An All Women Trip Turned Out To Be Much More Than What I Thought It Would Be!

I went on an all women trip with my friends despite the reservations my husband had about travelling at night, and it turned out to be great fun!

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Here’s Why I Think Accomplished Women Are Choosing To Stay At Home

My choosing to stay at home to take care of my kids has everything to do with an empowered choice and nothing with being pushed into it.

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To My Children – You Don’t Owe Us Anything…

Our children don't owe us anything - we brought them into this world, and we have grown as individuals just by being parents.

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Welcome To The Fabulous 40s – The Big Four O Is More Than All That It Is Said To Be!

Becoming 40 is not exactly what I thought it would be! It is so much better, and I am lovin' it! Do read on to know why.

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Entitled Kids Much? Stop Doing Everything For Your Kids!

A genaration of over-involved parenting is spawning a generation of entitled kids. Here are 7 pointers to stop doing everything for your kids for the greater good!

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Why I Would Tell My Daughter That Marriage And Motherhood Can Be Beautiful…

While marriage and motherhood is not the be all end all of women's lives, isn't there something good in them that we should try to find for ourselves?

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Boys Should Cook. Girls Should Cook. Yes, Everyone Needs Domestic Skills!

After years of listening to how men and women should behave, it's time we just let them be. Let's just see them as humans who need domestic skills!

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