Mira Saraf

Mira Saraf was born in Canada, grew up in New Delhi, and went to a British School half her life, and an American school the other half which has, as a result, made her grammar and spellings decidedly confused. She spent 15 years in the United States and Canada, with a short stint in Italy in between, and returned to India in 2013. She now works in sales and marketing for a family business and lives in Mumbai.

Voice of Mira Saraf

Because The Softest Hearts Bruise The Deepest

I soaked myself in bitterness, pickled my heart till it was sour and wrinkly, and did not attempt to forgive or forget. There was safety in this: if you expect nothing, nothing can let you down.

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The Women Who Forgot to Invent Facebook and Other Stories
What Could Happen If Women’s Inner, Secret Lives And Technology Mesh Together?

The Women Who Forgot to Invent Facebook and Other Stories is Nisha Susan’s debut collection of stories that are hit-you-in-the-gut powerful and stay with you with you after you finish them.

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Women Have Always Been Uprooted To Go Elsewhere, So What Does ‘Home’ Mean To Us?

Annie Zaidi explores the meaning of 'home' and 'belonging' through the experience of travel, in her memoir Bread, Cement, Cactus.

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The Radical Idea That An Indian Woman Could Happily Be Single By Choice

Marriage seems to be a given in Indian society, but here's a radical thought - could singlehood be an alternative way to be happily-ever-after; be single by choice?

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As A Feminist, I Don’t Want To Feel Angry Anymore; I Just Want To Fix It – Am I Wrong?

The author feels that being angry about things doesn't work, because those we need to change stop listening. Being a rare feminist who feels this, she speaks of an identity crisis.

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A Badass Woman, My Grandma Will Always Be A Part Of Me, And I Of Her

"I lived with Bhabi from the time I was three years old," reminisces Mira Saraf about her grandmother, "There was no home without Bhabi."

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Confessions Of A Nervous Wreck In My 30s – ‘Wreck’ Is Right, Though I’m Trying!

Our feelings can sometimes get the better of us, and there might not be a logical reason for them. Then how does one take control back from them?

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Never Mind Having A Valentine, Learning To Love My Solitude Is My Biggest Gift To Myself!

The worst thing to happen is not being alone, but being in a relationship with the wrong person, so cherish your freedom, says Mira Saraf, in a warm, insightful personal post. 

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Instead Of Being Happy I Had Met A Caring Man I Liked, I Was Actually Terrified! Why?

No one can guarantee a relationship, but was that a reason to doubt myself and be terrified instead of being happy that I had met a man I liked and who cared for me?

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Help! I Had Not Cycled For 15 Years, And Now I HAD To!

Cycling is supposed to one of those things we never forget. So the author tried her luck after a 15 year hiatus, in a country where cycling was almost mandatory for everyone. What happened? 

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The Myriad Questions I Face As A Single 30-Something Modern Young Woman

Society expects a young Indian woman to be 'settled' by a certain age, by which they mean married, and with kids, so I get asked all sorts of very intrusive questions.

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Was I A Failure At That Job, Or Did My Boss Who Disliked Me, Sabotage Me?

The author writes about the really hard time her boss gave her at one of her early jobs, and wonders about the continuum between failure and sabotage - where does one end and the other begin?

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When Puberty Hit Me, I Was Utterly Unprepared, And Apparently I Had No Choice!

Reading this very honest personal account by Mira Saraf about puberty, the first period, and sex ed at school, makes us realise that we've often forgotten our own horror, and the awkwardness we went through.

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5 Things You Should NOT Say To Someone Already Battling Anxiety And Depression

Anxiety had been an issue all her life, but it was dating a controlling man that finally pushed her over the brink, and only a clean break helped. A personal account.

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Having Dinner With A Man Does Not Mean I Have Said Yes To Sex!

As an independent, working woman in a civilised society, I expect to feel safe when I go out with a man. I don't have to justify WHY I don't want to have sex.

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I Am Tired Of Being In A Relationship With Toxic Men Who Play Games

A stirring account of how a woman is tired of being in relationship with the 'wrong men'. 

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A Single Woman’s Domestic (Mis)Adventures, Setting Up Home In India

Setting up a home in Mumbai, this single woman discovers the obstacles of jugaad and Indian Stretchable Time. A hilarious narrative.

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I Was Bullied At School For How I Looked, And It Left Me Feeling Deeply Shamed And Frightened

I was shamed for my body as a painfully awkward teen, and it took me a long while to climb out of the dark place it pushed me into. Here's my story.

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