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A war has broken out far away from me, yet as a mother, I worry. What if...?
It's a classic case of abuse, where your abuser first makes you believe that no one will love you, but them. And that you are not worth anything if they move away.
A woman's voice or image on a public space like social media makes many men uncomfortable. So when anything happens they ask, “Why did you put your pictures or spoke up on Twitter?”
Isn’t it okay to love people that you yourself said a goodbye to? Why do some relationships stay in the 'almost' zone?
Depression. When I say, I hate everything around, or I lose interest, or when I sleep too much or not at all, or when I cry too much or remain silent for days.
When women finally rise and speak up for their rights, nothing will be able to stop them. Hum dekhenge. We shall see.
Women across India have been part of the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, but Paromita Bardoloi reports from a special protest - an all-women protest in Assam.
Yesterday, as the country was gripped by agitation and protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), one photo gave us hope. It is the photo of a young woman giving a flower to a policeman in Delhi.
We welcome the Goddess when she comes on Durga Soshti, full of glory and love, but we also let her go on Dashami when it is time. This, the author says, defines the circle of our lives.
Nobel Prize winner and writer beyond compare, Toni Morrison passed away today at 88. Here's a heartfelt tribute by one of our beloved authors.
Love does not abuse. Love heals. What Kabir Singh feels and expresses is not love; please don't be swayed by it, people. It's abuse. Recognise it for what it is.
A broken girl can have memories of many kinds of grief. But these memories might actually be comforting at times. Paromita writes about the secret thoughts of such a girl.
“Over centuries, Draupadi became wise. This time she did not go to her husbands. She went to her daughters. A million daughters. Because this time the daughters will fight for her and her only, and not for kingdoms or crowns."
A broken girl need not be a sad girl. Just a girl, or maybe a young woman who has experienced the depths of human emotions. Paromita writes about the secret thoughts of such a girl.
What would you say to yourself as you approach the end of 2018? Have you learnt to be kinder on yourself, to tell yourself that you matter?
30 women came together in response to a call out on Facebook, to walk together on the night streets of Delhi, to commemorate Nirbhaya.
They always walked by the sea as the dusk fell, and the sea would wash their feet. The rumors also whispered that they always held hands. Padma heard them too, but she had lived life long enough to really care for it now.
"Society loves women if they stay little girls: silent and innocent," says Paromita Bardoloi. And patriarchal society is being called out at this point with #MeToo, something that has been long coming.
So many 'big' names, powerful men, men who had their way with women behind closed doors until now are being called out in a torrent of Indian #MeToo posts. Men, be afraid, very afraid!
These are the thoughts of a broken girl. An ordinary girl in a busy world trying to make sense of whatever life offers her. Just like you and me. To feel your heartbreak is grace The world has messed up happiness for popularity and a pretty face. It has even messed up more when there […]
"Maa, why are two brides standing with each other?” The mother gently held her son’s hand and said, “Because love doesn’t see gender. If you love someone, you can always choose them."
These are the thoughts of a broken girl. An ordinary girl in a busy world trying to make sense of whatever life offers her. Just like you and me.
This is the true story of a VP of a multinational company, a man who is far from ordinary, but who has been unable to have a truly loving relationship, lonely despite 'having it all'.
In a country where a man’s ultimate shame is to be called a woman, choosing to be a drag queen is itself an act of rebellion. Meet Nitish Anand, also known by his drag alias - Shabnam Be-wa-fa.
A heartfelt and hard-hitting post about the recent brutal murder of two Assamese men, who were beaten to death by a ruthless mob.
Siddharth was a very smart man. A man of the world. He knew when to hold on and when to leave. He had dropped Pariniti the moment he found another girl.
She took the corner of her saree and rubbed it on the earth. The brown color touched the white. From now on she could become anything she wished to be, like the earth.
Read the story of Reshma and Nida. Two different women, suffering from the same evil: domestic violence. This is their story.
The loneliness of human beings is a strange being, and people can handle it so many different ways. A poignant story of a strange friendship.
A journalist from a news house, Nandan Pratim, posted a picture shaming a pair of women for being at a wine shop in the traditional dress on a festival day. Not done.
Himanshu Singh is a young Indian man who came out about his sexuality on Facebook despite the risks, and is now an LGBTQ activist.
These are a few more thoughts of a broken girl, who is just an ordinary girl in a busy world trying to make sense of whatever life offers her. You and me.
These are the thoughts of a broken girl. Just an ordinary girl in a busy world trying to make sense of whatever life offers her.
These are the thoughts of a broken girl. An ordinary girl like you and me. An ordinary girl in a busy world trying to make sense of whatever life offers her.
This true story of a sex call operator is far from what is generally believed about them. Are our films and a culture of patriarchal entitlement responsible for that?
Today is Janmasthami. We are celebrating the birthday of Lord Krishna. The god who stole. The god who danced. The god who died a mortal death. And the god who loved.
Jab Harry Met Sejal will not jolt you and its not a terribly new story; yet, this author, a diehard romantic, was deeply moved | Jab Harry Met Sejal Review
How do we learn what is okay and what is not? This chilling poem explores the roots of domestic violence.
If I am asked who the one person is to whom I owe most of what I am, I'd say my Maa. A strong woman who did not break in the face of her odds.
If you have ever been in Delhi and you want to travel, it’s rare thing to miss the green Delhi autos with yellow hoods that swim around the city.
Sexuality of women is denied in a country obsessed with virginity. Isn't it inhuman to have them wait till they get married to have sex?
There is so much wisdom that a mother can give a daughter, with the love and depth of feeling that comes with it. A letter to my daughter.
Are you an over giving woman who gives too much of your time and energy to people who might be taking you for granted and draining you of energy?
Growing older might be considered a problem for women, with society connecting youth with beauty, but these older women speak about its wonderful aspects.
Shaming women for asserting themselves and calling them 'bad' girls happens all the time. But I would rather do my thing than be one of the good girls!
"Love does not hurt, it feels good. The rest is just an overrated version of misguided lovers!" What I learnt about love since I first felt its stirrings.
I grew up there at the peak of insurgency in Assam. I am often asked about my memories of the experiences of those troubled times.
Saumya Vardhan, who began Shubhpuja, where you can book a Pandit for a puja, is a woman in a field traditionally dominated by men.
Striving for perfection in life, in relationships can feel false and becomes stifling. Imperfections make us human.
Women power can make a lot of difference in society - when women stand up for each other, we can be assured of a better, safer, and healthier society.
An aunt writes a beautiful letter to her little niece on life, love, exploring and forgiving. Do read, it might show you life in a new light. Dear Kiara, You are so little now. It’s 10 am you are still sleeping. You stay up late at night and wake up late. At 6 months you […]
Rupi Kaur on Instagram is one of the most loved poets followed by thousands. These 14 poems from her Instagram profile will make you want to follow her.
Beyond the glamour and the shutterbugs hitting you, there is another side to glamour. A struggling model shares her life. Like most Indians, the world of show biz attracts me. Who does not love watching a Shahrukh or Deepika walk in the red carpet? Let us face it, we are a celebrity obsessed nation or […]
Meet Pakistani classical dancer and actress, Suhaee Abro. She talks about her journey of struggle, strife and victory. There is a poise and rhythm that this 22-year-old carries. Not something that is common. But something so elegant. She walks and breathes in elegance. Meet Pakistani classical dancer and actress, Suhaee Ali Abro. Born and brought […]
The inspiring story of Prarthana Unkalkar Kaul, who is doing everything possible to work for the differently-abled people through her NGO GiftAbled.
We all talk about the safety of women in public places. But what do we do to ensure it? Maybe the answer lies in women reclaiming the public spaces.
Why do Valentine’s Day attacks happen? Why does the sight of two lovers bring so much wrath? This post attempts to answer. Valentine’s Day had its own share of criticism in India. Let us face it; it is promoted by big multinationals which use it to sell their products. But, that happens in the case of […]
There is a huge importance of female bonding on a woman’s life. Girlfriends can be your life saver and your best phycologist. As I am writing this, the left side of my neck and hands are almost numb. I had a sprain and it is hurting like hell. I took the pain killers, but then […]
Despite having sexual allegation charges against him, by his colleague, RK Pachauri is promoted in TERI. What does it talk about sexual harassment in India?
Here are 8 things every woman must know, before getting married. They will certainly build the foundation of a strong and long lasting relationship.
Here our very own broke girl, who has an experience of living with roommates for a decade, gives pro tips on living with roommates without hassle.
At 8-year-old Fathima Mangre from India, becomes world's youngest divorcee. Here's her story.
In a school essay, a girl writes the most heartbreaking essay about her family. What she writes shows the adverse effect of domestic violence on children.
In this thoughtful post the writer emphasizes the importance of telling positive things to children.
Here the writer gives three affirmations that will turn your life around. Try them. It has worked fabulously for the writer!
A broke girl from Delhi writes how she manages to look fashionable each time. Here is where she shops.
We asked our readers, what is that one thing they would want their daughters to know about sex. This is what they said.
In a heartwarming incident, a businessman from Gujarat invited 18000 widows to his son's wedding to break the taboo that widows are inauspicious.
We all want to be happy. Here our writer suggests seven ways to lead a happier life. Try them. They might just change your life.
The inspirational story of Gauri Kekri, who was a dentist but followed her heart and became a home baker. Now she is a thriving baker in Mumbai.
In a beautiful wedding ceremony, Raveena Tandon walked her daughter to the aisle, but it still raises the question why we see so fewer women when it comes to performing rituals.
In a very powerful note, a young woman writes, why she is not ashamed of her menstruation. Power to you, girl!
This love story is something to die for. A love story that has seen 9 decades of life. They did not speak for months but held on to each other together.
A woman writes the way the society thin-shamed her and the devastating effects it had on her body image.
Film critic Subhas K. Jha, is surprised that a woman was the cinematographer of the recently released film Airlift.
Here's an account of sleeping in the open in Delhi, which was an initiative by Black Noise to reclaim public spaces.
Sudha Chandran shares her story of grit and determination, on how she continued dancing even after losing a foot to an accident.
Babita Jaishankar, who is an image consultant and fashion designer, shaved off her hair, despite appearance being so important in her profession.
Boys get raped too. And mostly suffer is silence. Here is a gut-wrenching true account.
From being a national chess player to an International solo traveler, Anuradha Beniwal is back travelling 18 countries.
How do you know when you have had enough of any relationship and that it's time to let go and move on? Here are 5 signs.
The Kami-Shirataki train station in Japan, runs so that one girl can go to her school and complete her schooling.
We suggest 5 women stand up comedians in India, that you must follow on twitter. They will make you laugh, chuckle and think!
Here the author writes about her rendezvous with different men as her mother tries to find a suitable groom for her.
Priyanka Chopra became the first ever south Asian actor to win the people's choice award, for her role as as an FBI trainee in the American thriller TV series Quantico.
India gets its first transgender music band- 6 Pack Band. The first song 'Hum Hain Happy,' was launched by Sonu Nigam. Must watch.
Can asexual have sex? Or what asexuality is all about? If these are questions you want the answers for, watch this video
Recently in a news report Ekta Kapoor used the word Feminism. This is why she got it all wrong and drew flakes from every corner.
A mother talks to her son on the misleading definition of masculinity in popular media She emphasizes that a No means a No.
Amrisha Ahuja is a life coach and healer in Delhi, who has helped many to heal and come out of their limiting belief systems. This is her story.
Schoolgirls are actually for sale in Japan.It’s mostly lonely older men, dishing out money to be in the company of these young girls.
Mark Zuckerberg said something very important for every girl. Something that every girl should hear.
Khabar Lahariya, is a newspaper run by 40 rural women in the villages of UP and Bihar. Women who fight harassment and all odds to bring that one weekly newspaper.
Watch as Oprah Winfrey shares are 10 rules of success. Watch this video, reflect and absorb. This video can be a life changer.
In a very thoughtful post, Aalia Ebrahim writes how, no matter what she wears, she is not" asking for it."Way to go, girl!
In the series of letters to her daughter, here is the 6th letter, where the writer talks to her daughter about grace, success and being a good human being.
Sisva in Gujarat has an all women panchayat, led by 26 year old Hinal Patel. These girls are not only breaking stereotypes, but delivering results.
India's first transgender modelling agency is to be launched soon, which is a very brave step by Mitr Trust. You too can help them in this venture.
Kayla is a teenage girl, who loved playing soccer, until one day, she could not feel her legs anymore and then she decides to run. Watch her awe inspiring story here.
Children reflect what they see. A teacher visits a student's home to make this point. Watch this thought provoking video.
As the new year dawns, let go of old hurts and pain. Give yourself the gift of forgiveness. Your past is only holding you back. This new year, just let it go.
In a very recent incident in Bihar, the District Magistrate had to eat the food cooked by a widow, to break the superstition that she is an ill omen.
Funeral selfies in social media are the latest trend. What does this tell about us? Where are we as asociety heading?
The Haryana Khap Panchayat has come with the ruling of not having a third child after 2 daughters and limiting the dowry to Re. 1.
Meet Hetal Dave, India's first and only female Sumo wrestler. Here's her story of struggle, strife and victory.
Sexual abuse is an Universal story. Here are three women and their fight against sexual violence to lead a normal life.
Jyoti Singh Pandey's mother raises the question of why her daughter's name needs to be disguised as 'Nirbhaya' when it is the rapists who need to hide in shame.
As this year is about to end, we talk about the best Bollywood movies in 2015 for every woman. Each movie is so beautifully crafted that the characters seem one amongst us.
Paromita Bardoloi shares a few more lessons learnt in love. She realizes that love is always beautiful.
Adhuna Akhtar, writes a letter to every woman, urging them to be the best versions of themselves, she says, that it’s no more a beauty industry but a clone industry.
Court finds all the accused of the Park Street Rape Case guilty. Here is the story of Suzette Jordan, who fought it all and emerged a hero.
Paromita Bardoloi shares her lessons learnt in love. She realizes that love is imperfect.
A letter by a mother to her son, recounting the stories of harassment she had to go through growing up as a woman in India . A must read.
Women in patriarchy are unheard, unnoticed and suppressed. This video shows three women, and through them, the lives of many women. Do watch.
Paromita Bardoloi writes a letter to herself on her 31st birthday. And it's quite interesting. Have a look.
These very short poems, shows the damage words do to children. The effect remains even long after the person is an adult.
Paromita Bardoloi writes a heartfelt piece on lighting the first lamp within her this Diwali. And in the process finding herself.
When a person is hit by Anorexia, the person sees himself/herself as overweight, living with a distorted body image. This video shows how dangerous it can be.
Meet Binalakhsmi Nepram, the woman who is helping the women affected by violence to live a dignified life in Manipur.
Here we discuss 5 ways to celebrate an Eco-friendly Diwali. This Diwali go green and let the earth breathe.
Here are 11 documentaries on Indian women everyone must watch. There are many lives Indian woman lead, these documentaries bring it to light.
A beautiful story about a young girl who receives a message from Pakistan, which changes her life forever.
Paromita Bardoloi, writes a letter to every single woman, on what it means to be single and why every woman should explore herself.
In this piece, Paromita Bardoloi reflects the way Shahrukh Khan instilled the right lessons for so many young girls.
When someone drains you each time, it might be that you are a victim of an emotional vampire. Here is how to identify and protect oneself from one.
In this deeply personal essay, the writer talks about the legacy of goodness her childhood left for her.
This poem, poignantly talks about the self-image children form very early in life, through the behaviour of the adults around them.
This is a story of a young boy, whose mother helps him to find himself in the most unusual way.
In this piece, Paromita Bardoloi lists 7 life lessons your 20s will teach you. Does this list match yours?
Recently, Amisha Patel was in the news after her twitter war with Kushal Tandon, who alleged that she did not stand up during the national anthem.
A young woman writes on her reunion with school friends after 15 years and how nothing last forever.
The new Dabur honey ad is sexist as it conforms to the notion of Patriarchy that women belonged to someone, who needs guard, vigilance and protection.
A woman writes what 30 years of living this life taught her. She shares the most important lessons of her life. Here's is the second part.
In a small village of Jodhpur, 19 year old Santa Devi gets her marriage annulled in the court which was fixed when she was just 11 months old.
Raising a confident daughter, is one of the most important parts of parenting. In a society where girls are expected to meet unnatural standards, here are 6 ways to raise a confident daughter.
Although there is no handbook that teaches us how to deal with grief, here is some well-meaning advice from someone’s been through it.
Mrs FunnyBones the debut book of Twinkle Khanna will make you laugh, think and identify with her as a woman, who works, looks after her house and makes errors!
We all know that life moves on. A young woman recounts how she finally embraced changes in life and moved on!
What does being a single woman by choice in India mean? Is it easy for a woman? Here is a take.
What is Mental Health? How to take care of it? In this video Dr. Raksha Kartik, mental health expert, talks about it.
Being rude is the new cool. We love shows where the abuse quotient is highest and applaud meaness in everyday life.
The web series Man's World comes to an end with part 3 and 4 being just released. It's a call for equality which as a society we lack.
People seem to take selfies everywhere. It's like everybody is trying to be perfect. Here's a take on the rise of selfies.
Meet the face of India's transgender community Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi. She talks about being a transgender in India.
Street harassment and Indian men are something we all are familiar with. Let's hear what some men have to say about it.
Revenge porn is digital media's new offspring that is dark and destructive. Here are ways to keep yourself safe.
Motherhood is never easy, neither for working nor for a stay-at-home mom. Here's a take.
In Japan, renting boyfriends by rich working women for an evening is a booming business.
Meet Melanie Gaydos, a model, who is taking the fashion industry by storm, who is also a hope for every woman fighting body images.
The Devadasis of India are reduced to sex workers, in the name of God, to combat poverty. A profession that has to end.
In the series of Man's World Part 2, Kiran is up for an office promotion and realizes the tough job of being a woman.
The first episode of Man's World is here. It shows us how blatantly sexist we are as a society.
A very short poem that tells us what men goes through being strong. Gender stereotypes hurt both the genders deeply.
A letter to a 3-year-old telling her, that she is beautiful. Also, that the beauty standards of the world do not matter.
The latest ad by Amul, clearly reinforces the gender stereotypes so may of us are fighting to do away with. What a terrible letdown.
The prostitutes of Daulatia, has a life that no one might ever want. This moving documentary captures it.
Violence against women is on an all time high. Here we suggest 9 steps towards elimination of violence against women.
This video exactly tells us, why we need feminism. It tells us what it is to be a woman in a man's world.
Child sexual abuse is more rampant than you can imagine. Maybe your child is trying to say you something. Are you listening?
Katti Batti reminds you of your stalkers and how in the name of love, one gets bullied in our society. The movie is a letdown.
In this video, a woman peed in public and a street comes to stand still. What does it tell about us as a society?
These Indian women talk about street harassment they have faced, and it's not shocking, most women watching this video will relate.
Here is a list of 5 books every woman should read. These books tell us, that we can let go what is not working for us and create an empowered life.
A woman writes what 30 years of living this life taught her. She shares the most important lessons of her life.
Stitching virginity back or getting a Hymenoplasty surgery is on a rise. What does it tell about the society? Where are we heading towards?
These beauty tips from an acid attack survivor will make you question, why acid is so easily available. It's time to stop this availability. Do sign the petition.
Ima Market in Manipur, is probably the only market in the world that is run by all women; a place where equality is preached and practiced.
They say, when a student is ready, the teacher appears. Here are 4 teachers who made us see our lives in a brighter light. Happy Teacher's Day!
'Boys don't cry' goes the saying. This poem explores what goes behind moulding boys who don't cry and at what cost.
Breastfeeding is not only a mother's responsibility. It is a shared responsibility between both the parents. Dads we, hope you are listening.
Radhika Vaz, the noted standup comedian has something wonderfully funny to say about the taboos on women and menstruation.
An open letter by a woman to her friend who is out of an abusive marriage on why we as women need to stand by ourselves first. And most importantly, why suffering is no virtue.
The LGBT community of India, receives mammoth support as Harmless Hugs comes up, with Delhi's first ever LGBT flash mob. It will make you think, its high time, the Supreme Court of India does away with Sec. 377.
Everyone puts a story on the facebook profile. How far is it true? Two women lament across the screens. But reality has another story.
What do you do when depression hits? Here's a true story of thriving through depression. Read on!
In her fifth letter, a mother writes about the lessons she learnt in her journey of life. A letter for all daughters!
Many a times, we live with people who don't exist. In this story of longings, loneliness and silences three women tell one story. Read on!
In this very reflective post, a daughter writes on why the presence of a loving father is so important in a daughter's life. A must read for all fathers!
A young man from Pakistan, writes on how he would want to raise his daughter. A must read post, this Father's Day weekend.
A friendship cannot survive forever on the basis of gratefulness; true friendship needs mutual respect and equality.
We, most often, do not know how to deal with loss. We tend to run away until there is no path ahead. We fail to realise that grieving helps heal.
This beautiful series of letters from a mother to a daughter shares wonderful life lessons about love, healing and learning along the journey of life.
Gender stereotypes affect men too. Here's a poignant poem that tells you how.
Amidst all the noise about violence against women is this short, powerful reminder that violence, and change, begins at home.
Raising a daughter means the lessons never stop, even for the mother. Here is a list of lessons learnt, passed on in a letter to a beloved daughter.
The Living Goddess is a well-researched exploration of the long existing Kumari or living goddess tradition in Nepal, centered on the worship of a young girl.
When educated, financially independent women say yes to giving up their autonomy, can government or judiciary help women achieve full equality in India?
Bird in a Banyan Tree is the memoir of fashion designer and socialite Bina Ramani, a very powerfully told story of her rise and fall.
Letter to an unborn daughter: That you are awesome and wonderful should be your life mantra. Do not ever let anyone tell you otherwise.
Approaching the last two months of the year, Paromita Bardoloi reflects on the lessons this year has taught her.
Paromita Bardoloi writes a letter to her future daughter, on how to live your life as a woman and face this world boldly
A teacher recounts her children she taught and the lessons she learnt from them.
Bartoli is a fantastic sportswoman and achiever. Why does her beauty matter?
What Matriarchy taught me: An Indian woman who grew up in a matriarchal family, Paromita shares lessons the strong women in her family taught her.
On Mother's Day, Paromita writes a letter to her mother of all the beautiful things learnt in childhood.
Ages ago, Draupadi was abused, and the court watched. What has changed for Indian women's rights and safety?
Does patriarchy make men happy? The norms of society not only trample on women's rights but also on men's choices.
Being beautiful is all about feeling beautiful, as Paromita discovers through the eyes of young children.
A daughter writes about her relationship with her father and shares the lessons she learnt from him.
An Indian woman talks about a friendship beyond the boundaries of gender, geography and age-old beliefs.
Goodbye to the young woman who wanted to live. May she rest in peace, but the rest of us need to wake up.
Contrary to what films and society make us believe, there is life after rape. Rape survivors, not victims is the mindset we need to adopt.
A woman's guide to relationships - how do you know when it is a breakup?
An Indian woman discovers anew intricacies of the mother and daughter bond, on a mother daughter trip
Paromita Bardoloi shares with a young woman, the lessons she has learnt on what it means to be an empowered woman
This beautiful piece talks about the concept of death of a child. And the concept of God and friends.
Who is a woman's true soulmate? A deeply personal story of love and loss
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