Pooja Priyamvada

Pooja Priyamvada

I believe I am poet's soul who is an online content consultant/writer/editor/translator by profession and a blogger by coincidence. When not working or reading I write for my blog and learn life lessons with my daughter.My poetry is about my conversations with life and the pauses in between. My works have been published in several reputed online journals and print anthologies in India,UK and Canada like the Rupkatha Journal of Interdiscplinary studies and a few poems can even be read with a hot cup of coffee on the walls of The Human Bean Cafe,Toronto. I have been published at leading online portals like The Mighty, SheThePeopleTV, Menstupedia, Feminism in India, Bonobology, Momspresso and Writersmelon. A voracious reader, I am a tea connoisseur, love to travel and am deeply influenced by Sufi and Zen philosophy. Both my blogs were WINNERS at the #OrangeFlowerAwards in Poetry (English) and Hindi blogging categories respectively in 2016,were Runner up Poetry and Finalist in Hindi in 2017 and I was finalist in five categories and top five finalist in one at the 2018 version of the awards.

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8 Things You Should Know To Deal With Gaslighting As A Survivor

How to deal with gaslighting, if you are in any emotionally abusive close relationship, not just a romantic one. How do you help yourself as a survivor?

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If This Is How ‘Goddesses’ Are Treated, We Indian Women Would Rather Not Be One!

Women might be 'worshipped' in Indian culture as goddesses, but one just needs to look around to see how ironic and misleading this pedestal is.

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गैसलाइटिंग के 11 चिन्ह – एक अंतरंग अब्यूज़ जिसे हम अक्सर नहीं समझते हैं

गैसलाइटिंग - एक ऐसा अंतरंग अब्यूज़ जिसके एब्यूज़र अक्सर आपके परिवार के सदस्य, पति/पत्नी, भाई/बहन और कभी-कभी माता-पिता भी, होते हैं। 

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11 Signs Of Gaslighting That You Need To Recognise

Knowing these signs of gaslighting can help you identify if you are in an emotionally abusive relationship. Remember, all abuse is not physical in nature!

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कैसे पहचानें यदि आपके अंतरंग रिश्तों में आप मानसिक हिंसा या दुर्व्यवहार का शिकार हैं?

हमारे समाज में अंतरंग रिश्तों में होने वाली हिंसा या दुर्व्यवहार को लेकर अजीब मान्यताएँ हैं, इसलिए, अंतरंग रिश्तों में अब्यूज़ या दुर्व्यवहार के लक्षणों को पहचानें और सतर्क रहें।

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You’ll Be Shocked By How ‘Normal’ Some Of These 30 Signs Of Intimate Partner Abuse Are

Are there any of these signs of intimate partner abuse in your significant relationship? You have to read this list of signs - to understand why you don't feel completely comfortable with him.

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Why Sholay’s Basanti Was My First Bollywood Feminist Icon

This independence day, it is 43 years since the release of Sholay. Pooja Priyamvada tells us why, despite her flaws, Basanti is a feminist icon to her. 

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Sophia Naz
Pakistani Urdu-English Poet Sophia Naz Urges New Writers To Explore Paths Less Travelled

Sophia Naz is a Pushcart Prize nominee, who writes in both English and Urdu, and is also the poetry editor and columnist at The Sunflower Collective, as well as the founder of rekhti.org

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Fearless, Because I’ve Been Afraid Through Generations

Fear, shame, prejudice - all comes the way of a girl from the moment she is born, changing form only to suit the stage of life she's at. But despite it all, she survives, thrives. How?

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And She Finally Took A Decision

She suffered immense emotional and sometimes even physical abuse at her husband’s hands quietly for the sake of her child. But her struggle was yet not over.

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The Woman Behind Dr. Ambedkar – Why Are Our Women Denied Their Rightful Place In History?

Dr Savita Ambedkar was Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar's 2nd wife and a great support, but was sidelined like most women through history have been.

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Tell Me Little Girl, Tell Me Your Pain

A poignant poem that takes its unfortunate inspiration from the Kathua rape and murder of an 8 year old. Do read.

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Dear Almost Pistanthrophobia, Yes, Your Love Taught Me This New Word

This beautiful letter to an ex is filled with the peace of knowing that life's experiences leave us with precious memories - even the ones with scars.

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Like No Other [#Shortlisted]

Kusum said, “She is didi, seems also a few weeks pregnant, so now it seems all will be sorted. If it’s a boy then her future at her in-laws will be secure, but if it’s a girl…”

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Acid [#Winner]

As he drove away ashamed and insulted, Jyoti was scared seeing that look in his eye, that of an injured wild animal as he shouted “If I can't have you, no-one else will!"

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A Tribute To Gauri Lankesh

This beautiful poem pays tribute to Gauri Lankesh and to all those who refuse to stay silent even when answered with abuse and threats.

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The Goddess And Her Sculptor [#Poem]

Every year comes Dussehra, and the Goddess is crafted again. What of the goddess' own dreams?

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Sex (Actuality) [#Poetry]

To feel and respond to ask for intimacy and beyond, of touch, smell and sound, being a woman who knows desire.

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Living With Fibromyalgia – An Invisible Abuser & Painful Condition

In a country where sensitivity to an invisible illness like fibromyalgia is abysmal, life can be very lonely indeed. A personal account.

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Vendetta [#ShortStory]

“... good families do not talk about sex and you are saying our daughter is being raped by her husband. Husbands never rape, it is their right on a wife’s body."

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She: The Revolution [#Poetry]

“Like a warrior at war with life...She is claiming HERSELF finally...The maps are still patriarchal but she is not...following them blindly!”

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The Journey [#Poetry]

“The defiance is actually the last push to a glass ceiling... Her mother and mother’s mother have been pushing too long.”

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The Legacy [#ShortStory Winner – Muse Of The Month]

“Why should Harsh’s sexual orientation take away from his political acumen or his capability as a leader? Would it change her love for him as a foster parent?” A short story. Here is the first winner of our December 2016 Muse of the Month contest, Pooja Sharma Rao. The cue for this month was “There is love […]

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In The Quest Of Liberation [#ShortStory]

"Men were the masters of their destinies and their bodies,... a widow needed to be punished for her misfortune of outliving her husband." A short story.

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So Our Boys In Blue Wore Their Mothers’ Names On Their Jerseys. Will This #NayiSoch Really Be Revolutionary?

Is it enough that our 'boys' in blue wore their mothers' names on their backs, to strike at the roots of patriarchy? Is this #NayiSoch going to change society?

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The Revolutionary [#ShortStory]

"But Kamayani was blinded by love and ideals ... she lived her ideology, ... everything about her was so anti-establishment." A short story about personal choice.

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Nothing Is Forever [#ShortStory]

She gave in, but when she knew better, she stood up for herself, creating a new life from the ashes of the life she had till now.

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Freedom. April 2016 Muse Of The Month Winning Entry By Pooja Sharma Rao

Freedom is a precious thing - and getting freedom for others can sometimes free us! April 2016 Muse of the Month winner.

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Through the ages, women have served as a looking glass, a companion, a mirror; is it surprising that Jane Austen's intelligent women had trouble finding men they could love?

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Finding Myself

Don't forget who you are, even if everyone else fails to recognize you, says this beautiful story.

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