Kanika G, a physicist by training and a mother of 2 girls, started writing to entertain her older daughter with stories, thus opening the flood gates on a suppressed passion. Today she has written over 36 children's stories and blogs on various parenting and feminist issues.
Holidays have changed in recent times, with cities having fewer open spaces for kids to run amok and have fun. Reading books, at such times, are one of the enjoyable activities to do indoors.
“Yes, I do, and at some point you should apologize for hurting his feelings as a child, but that has nothing to do with the current situation. Right now both of you need to help your Mom.”
Sharing your past years with your teenagers creates a special bond and makes them share with you their insecurities and fears.
A family, they say, that eats together, stays together. Works for having fun together too. Especially if they find creative ways to work with the facilities available!
Kids coming in from school, hungry? Want a fun snack to take as tiffin? Look no further - these sandwich fillings will have them asking for more, and make your job easy!
#MeToo stories have unmasked so many of our 'heroes', yet many of us still put them on pedestals. Time we stopped creating these 'gods' and taking only the good they offer?
Draupadi having 5 husbands seems on the surface to be a case of progressiveness in our mythology. It is not so, though. Let me explain, why.
Sexual dysfunction is the elephant in the room we need to address, which may be a bigger problem than is reported. It can seriously affect a marriage, and this in turn can cause problems in the family.
Saloni’s face fell. This was a recurring recent battle. She had changed and now she had to repeatedly fight this ghost from the past. She took a moment to steel herself.
They say pregnancy is a life changing event. I found that it not only changed me, but it also how I saw the world, and made me realize the importance of feminism.
The female orgasm is a secret being, much misunderstood, and yet not spoken about, mostly due to apathy towards a woman's pleasure, but also a deep distrust and fear of female sexuality.
Women are not "pure beings" to be worshipped, or vilified if they stray from that, but human beings with their own desires. #Poetry
Did she know how lucky she was? But seeing the physical changes in Deepa made her realize that Deepa’s problems were just as real as her own.
My understanding of the characters in the movie My Fair Lady have changed as I have journeyed from childhood through marriage into motherhood.
“Oh that explains a lot. That’s why, when Mama asked you to put away your toys, you suddenly started getting so angry and being stubborn, and then you started refusing to help with any household chores."
Intimacy between a couple could and should go beyond just the physical. Here are 5 date night ideas for things my husband and I do when child-free.
"That is just what I said, because boys never seemed to like me. It was easier for me to pretend that romance was silly, than admit guys did not find me attractive. I was jealous of Naveen and you."
Every parent needs to introspect - what behaviour do I model for my child? Be sure that the child is watching, and internalising what you do.
She remembered how much joy little children had brought to her big family, but this little guy only made her miserable. Was she the monster or was he?
Are you experiencing pelvic pain? It may be serious or it may not. Do not panic, but do get checked by a doctor as soon as possible.
Privacy is a fundamental right because of its link to safety of the individual, which becomes even more critical in this electronic age of the Internet.
What do you say to someone you were somewhat acquainted with, and had an intense crush on years ago in high school, and that someone did not reciprocate your feelings?
If you are pregnant with twins or triplets, it adds another layer of worry for new parents. Here is an overview of what you need to know.
Somehow wanting to hug Shreya felt different, possibly forbidden, she did not know why though. Yet when she occasionally did it it made her feel euphoric.
Now she wouldn't have to worry about her creepy stalker. He would never dare do something with this other guy around. She smiled cheerfully at the man in the suit and then she gasped.
'Posh' buildings hide a whole lot of hypocrisy, sexism and classism behind them. A story of the scenes behind the classy facade!
Many children will come across porn in some fashion as they grow up. If you caught your child with porn, shaming them will not help. Here's what to do.
She recognised her fascination for Jacob for what it was, a completely carnal and primal feeling, controlled by neither her brain nor her heart, but only by her hormones.
An interesting look at how a common parenting method for little children teaches them to put the blame on someone else instead of taking responsibility.
If you are looking for details about getting an abortion in India, this article will tell you how to go about it safely and legally.
Can men be too old to have healthy kids? Although not researched until recently, the mounting evidence about a male biological clock is getting hard to ignore.
A new proposed law in Maharashtra calls for mandatory sex determination testing of pregnant women, shifting the burden from doctors and officials to women with little choice.
Women need to be fair to themselves by setting boundaries in relationships rather than try to please everyone, which can be disastrous!
Being overweight is often considered a cosmetic problem. But the long term health problems it gives rise to, are far more serious than you may think.
Indians show a decided and regrettable preference for fair skin - maybe a relic of our colonial past? An interesting look at how history shapes mindsets.
Hero worship can blind you to someone's flaws, and can lead to erroneous ideas of what is acceptable. Especially so if your impressionable kid has a hero.
Rules can make our lives easier. Yes, they may also restrict us and curb our freedom, but we need to find a creative way to counter that.
"Nishant has always been a sensitive and supportive husband, she thought. He must have some reason for behaving the way he is. I should just calm down and figure it out."
Surrogacy is a complex subject, and surrogacy laws are necessary for regulating this, but the new surrogacy bill is problematic in many ways.
The modern family need no longer play by arcane rules of gender roles. Every family should decide for themselves what role the individuals in it play.
Patriarchy is bad for women, yes. But patriarchy is bad for men too! Fathers who do not know how to express their feelings, suffer!
Pregnancy radically affects a woman's body and hormones. But, until recently, very little was known about how pregnancy affects the brain of the mother.
A poem inspired by the angst over the #BangaloreMolestation incident. It might seem a very dark time for feminism, but all is not lost!
Bigotry in the form of sexism, casteism, racism, or any other 'ism' needs to be tackled by understanding the insecurities behind these beliefs, not just by calling it out.
Sometimes competitive couples use their intimate knowledge of each other's vulnerabilities as weapons. This is a no-no for a healthy relationship!
What are the origins of patriarchy? We need to look at how and why it evolved, to be able to find a way to uproot it from today's society.
Proper post pregnancy care is essential for both the health and happiness of mother and baby, not just to 'look good again'!
Reservations for women at work are a contentious subject in India, and often seen as a 'sop'. Yet, there is more to affirmative action than that.
A law against marital rape is required in India, where marriage is considered a license for sex - a wife is often forced against her wishes.
It is the big things in life matter, but it is the little things in life that make it so beautiful, so worth living. Especially in a relationship.
Today on World Prematurity Day let's look at premature babies care, the problems faced by these parents, and how they can be empowered.
Sardarji jokes. Kanjoosi jokes. Sexist jokes. There is a thin line that we cross with these, and stereotypical jokes are not really funny at all, but hurtful!
People claim to be feminists, but take the smallest excuse to deny women their basic rights for the 'good' of family or society. It is time this stops.
Among the 870 Nobel laureates to date, there are only 48 women Nobel prize winners, and even here, there are very few in pure sciences and Economics. Discrimination?
Working for a BPO as a woman isn't easy, even if it gives many educated women purpose, confidence, and financial independence.
When we tell our kids the story of the Ramayana, shouldn't we at least tell them what was wrong, instead of trying to justify things just because Ram did them?
Real freedom is about letting someone choose their passion without any restrictions, rather than just 'letting' them do what earlier generations had been denied.
How and when did you find out about female masturbation? Are you going to tell your daughter about it? Here is why you probably should.
I did have a traditional wedding with all that this entails, but as long as my husband and I believe in an equal partnership in marriage, should it really matter?
Being a fair parent is part of learning to be a parent, and comes on the job. How do you define a fair parent? Are you one? Read on to find out.
How and why did 'being nice' and 'being a feminist' become mutually exclusive? Shouldn't these values be taught to both girls and boys?
Consenting adults can experience sexual pleasures in many forms and spice up their relationships. Let us look at what consent means in India.
Women need to figure out innovative ways to tackle gender bias at work, while society needs to work on recognizing that assertive doesn't equate bossy!
Even today doing housework largely remains a woman's job. It is high time every family member owned and did their share.
As parents, the best thing we can do is empowering children to think for themselves, instead of just to follow what others ask of them.
Paternity leave is the way to go if men are to share parental duties from early parenthood. In fact, a better idea is shared parental leave.
You are in love. How do you know that he is 'the one'? Mr Right? Are there any signs that he is? Read this very personal account to find out.
Gender bias in performance reviews at work exists and can be unconscious. Are there ways to address the problem?
The copper IUD is a simple, cheap, convenient, reversible, long term and reliable contraceptive option. But is it right for you?
Most women are anxious about their first pelvic exam at a gynaecologist's. What happens? How does it feel? What are the doctors like? Find out.
Is makeup at office a confidence booster? What does it say about the professional perception of women? To use, or not to use? To manipulate or to change it?
The taboo about periods makes one think there is something shameful about it. So why not be open about periods with our daughters?
There are many good reasons for parents to not fight often in front of the kids. But is it ideal for them to never be fighting in front of kids?
It is not enough to make changes in lifestyle for a fitness routine. Its success depends on how convenient these changes are for you.
Raising confident girls? Try encouragement and positive reinforcement. Avoid negative motivators like competition, guilt, fear and shame. Here is why.
Some women have it easy, while some suffer from severely debilitating morning sickness during pregnancy. Here are some practical tips to deal with it.
A few simple women friendly policies at work that take into account their needs during periods and pregnancy can make the workplace a better place for women.
Robots are the future. Will automation at the workplace mean more trouble for women in a world that is already grappling with a gender gap?
There is a decided confidence barrier at the workplace - a woman is less likely believe in herself and speak up about her ideas. What can be done to change this?
Is there more to Women's Day And Mother's Day than lip service and the sale of items in pink and bling?
SAHM or career woman? Choose keeping your own happiness in mind. Not what other people think, not how you got here and not how it is going to effect the kids.
Are you a women who is the target of workplace gossip? Read on to find out how you can handle it.
Women are are as human as any men, as good, or as flawed as anyone else. So why can't we respect women for the right reasons?
Sexual harassment at the workplace can be a very real danger. Read on to find out how to handle it, where to go for relief.
Think that the pay gap between genders might not be applicable to you? Read this thoughtful article to see how being a woman can not only get you lower wages than a man with the same qualifications, but can also actually cost you a coveted job.
Why can't we consider the different ways in which women think and do things as normal? Why should the masculine be considered the norm in independence and identity?
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