As a bibliophile, there are numerous books that have made me think, some books have made me cry and some books have turned out to be the scariest book.
The new daughters-in-law didn't like us, many felt that my uncles and aunts had preferred us over their own grandchildren, and my mom decided that we shouldn't trouble them.
I really wish you had fought back, Sita devi! I would really have been more proud of you, and maybe the condition of women in our country wouldn't have been so bad.
A new mom learns to feed, protect, and educate her child. But what happens when the mother keeps doing it even after 30 years?!
When I decided to let my mother in law and husband do all the work they cribbed about, by themselves, and they soon came around.
He knew his wife and daughter were troubling Mira, but he had kept himself out thinking that these were the ladies' problems, and he shouldn't get involved.
Today, I heard a comment that "Rani Lakshmi Bai was inauspicious, she lost her baby, her husband, and finally her kingdom." What, really?! Haven't you read any history?
The first time I talked about this with my husband, he told me that he was already sharing his room with me, which was more than anything he had ever done for an outsider.
Then came the day I regret the most, the worst decision of my life, my wedding day. They chose the guy and promised that they have found a good guy, and that he would love me.
Why is it okay if the guy spends lakhs on his family but not okay if his wife buys something for her family with her own hard-earned money?
I am married to a man who knows only how to bow to his mother's wishes, who needs to take his mother's permission even to enter his wife's bedroom.
If she told her family about her marital issues they would create problems. But if she told no-one, she would succumb to the suffering.
From those who supported me to the ones who tried to suppress me, here's why I am grateful and thankful to all the women in my life.
I feel so happy when I see mails from my pen pals that I immediately want to respond.
The practise of dowry, despite being illegal, is such a common phenomenon in India even today! Let me tell you how it is a business deal.
Looking at my own life and that of other women in India, I sometimes wonder, what if all the females disappeared one day?
This year has taught me a lot but the biggest lesson I learnt was that no matter what I do, I am still an outsider at my husband's house!
In my experience, when a jamai raja becomes a ghar jamai his treatment by the family changes drastically. Let me explain!
It is unfair that my SIL is staying with us for over 3 years but now even when I am pregnant, I am forbidden from going to my parents' house!
While my married SIL lives with our family, I am not allowed to even meet my parents. No one here seems to understand what I go through!
From infanticide to dowry deaths, women face challenges at every step in life. Why is it so hard for society to let women just live?
While I don't have a baby of my own, there is a baby who's been helping me battle my depression. I truly believe he is a blessing in my life.
It took me more than 20 years to realise that the world isn't black and white and that all my relationships are tinged with shades of grey!
In India almost every girl suffers the loss of her dreams, and even more after marriage – it’s the ‘normal’. Can’t we support her instead? In India, daughters have been always looked down upon, and many are not even allowed to be born. Among the ones that survive, a lucky few are given a home […]
Indian families think that "the girls will adjust" to anything thrown at them, and this leads to a lot of heartache all around. When will this change?
For the past four years of my marriage, my life has only been hell. I am nothing more than a maid to him and his family. Should I just leave?
Four years ago, I had an arranged marriage and my life changed only for worse. Here's why I don't want anyone going through what I did.
After finding my best friends at work, I thought we would stay the same for life. But, I was mistaken and 4 years later, I still miss them.
Personally, I don't think silence is golden. For me, when people are silent, they're hiding something. Can something hiding pain be golden?
Right from the constant need to outdo others to knowing too much, here is why I believe the internet is the cause behind some divorces.
Our youth should learn to navigate love before they 'settle down', as a 'vaccine' against heartbreak in an impossible, skewed marital relationship more difficult to get out of.
Time passed at its own pace and her situation worsened, but she never told them the whole truth. Who would she tell? She didn't trust anyone.
Four years ago, I got married and went from being a daughter to a daughter-in-law. And my life has not been the same ever since!
Today, I saw her, twenty years later. She was alone in a dimly lit room and it didn't look like she had anything with her.
The whole family sits together and drinks tea but my tea is left on the kitchen platform. That's how it's been for as long as I can remember.
Right from the food I eat to the people I talk to, my life has changed drastically since I got married. And most of it, not for good...
Marriages aren't always made in heaven, some make your life hell. Mine is one such marriage. Read this before you get married!
If you think living with one MIL is bad, imagine my plight as I live with three! My MIL and my sisters-in-law have made my life living hell!
My in-laws have often said that I don't have a right to behave as if this is my home, and my parents have told me that their home is no longer my home as they have done my kanyadaan.
Dear in-laws - do not be the reason your daughter in law gives up on her marriage, as she is her own person who knows how she wants to live her life.
As the country is in a lockdown, several working women are suffering as they are forced to do their office work and household chores too. Time for a change?
Your diary is your one friend that will never back stab you, your memories and your secrets will always be safe.
Stay updated with our Weekly Newsletter or Daily Summary - or both!