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After chasing criminals as a journalist and spending over a decade in advertising, Richa penned a book of poetry titled A penchant for Prose. She has been a TOI Write India top 10 winner and her first novel, I Didn’t Expect To Be Expecting, was a humorous take on pregnancy and the fireworks it brings with it. Her second book Kanpur Khoofiya Pvt Ltd is a humorous thriller and was procured for a screen adaptation. Richa is also a blogger and travel writer, She is a Sheroes champ and writes for platforms such as Womensweb, Momspresso and SheThePeopleTv. She has authored several e-singles, anthologies and audio books. She now lives in Mumbai juggling life, writing, and often, her 6 year old daughter as well. (You can find her on Twitter @richashrivas and on Instagram @mukherjeericha )
As the pandemic is (hopefully) receding, and we take baby steps outside, remember that the world changed while we were all inside, smiling, laughing, weeping, grieving or holding on.
I’m all for practical, occasion appropriate dressing, at times for one's safety as well, but the freedom to attire ourselves in the clothing of our choice should be a given.
Widows in India are still subjected to the mindless discrimination worsening their moment of grief in the name of tradition. Time for change is here!
Why are successful women always considered to have reached where they are due to a combination of unsavoury characteristics and circumstances?
If it isn't too much of a problem, I would like to not change name after marriage or add my husband's or father's name to it.
Know more about The Gaali Project, started by Tamanna Mishra and Neha Thakur, to counter the sexist, casteist, communal curse words we use when letting off steam!
So much of what we know of history from the lens of art and culture is through the male perspective, because women were not allowed social appearances, or credited for their talent.
Zoom. A word I would have associated only with the phenomenon of speed in a pre-covid world, is now the currency of civilisation.
If there was no feminism, where would we women have been? Still shackled. So never diss feminism, you naysayers!
Have you ever noted that the women in your families are naturally ‘destined’ to suffer from ‘women related’ problems? Why are we ignoring ourselves?
If there was ever a time for women to look inwards and stop feeling guilty, it’s now. Relax. You don't need to prove anything.
When men ask you to smile, to wear shorter skirts, to get them coffee, it's time to hit back and speak up! For in 2020, we have no time to deal with the offensive 'boy talk.'
Isn’t it ironical that the same person who is otherwise considered capable of running a home while even keeping a job falls off the consideration set when it comes to the really big decisions?
A young girl goes to college. Her naiveté encourages people to bully her. This girl is strong and can't wait to fly. Here's a letter she wrote to her mom.
Even supposedly 'innocuous' remarks about how "life is easier for a pretty woman" shows internalised misogyny, and negates the hard work of women.
A mom needs to be happy herself, to be able to raise happy and well-adjusted kids. Stop being judgemental towards her!
I know of someone who makes his wife repeatedly list down all the ways in which she makes meaningful contributions towards the household. Really? Then he might as well hand her a collar to tie around her neck.
This mother speaks of her struggle with breastfeeding her baby when on the go, narrating vexatious incidents with rib-tickling humour.
When this author spoke to her daughter about periods, the disapproval from some was immediate. Sounds familiar?
Chafing against the dress codes that insist girls and women dress a certain "appropriate" way, Richa Mukherjee writes what can only be a tongue-in-cheek rant!
There's a truism - "A crying baby is the mother's" - and families seem to follow it without any thought for the mother, who's also her own person. But who cares?
So you've gained some weight over the years, and don't fit into that favourite dress. Are you fit and able to be all that you are? Then why do you bother with the naysayers?
Tiger mom, Helicopter, Snowplow mom or even an advocate of roadkill parenting, whatever that is - apparently every parent needs a signature style. What's yours?
Emotionally abused, even the strongest of women can lose themselves in the pain. But at some point, they realise that they can still rise. A parable.
Sameeksha was laughing but she had tears rolling down her cheeks again. This time around, warm ones, washing away her anxieties, expectations, and the plans for the night that had thickened like a noose around her neck.
The 'stress virus' seems to affect all of us in this hyper-connected, dynamic world. Women especially, are big time carriers of this virus - is it time to be kinder on ourselves?
Depression sinks its talons into the most unlikely minds. I have seen the most raucous laughter and the loudest voices, battle with their inner demons..
Celebrate your body as a mother – pregnancy changes it in various ways, and that’s OK. Just don’t let the shamers get you; focus on keeping yourself fit! Suck the stomach in. (Can’t breathe!) Let go of scrunched stomach. (Now it’s all out there!) Welcome to my daily routine. Every morning, my mood for at […]
This short story explores a reality for many women at work: sexual harassment at the workplace by your colleagues whom you expected to trust and respect.
Matrimonials listing brides and grooms are an echo of the real beliefs of a society, despite all the 'woke' ideas and behaviour. A hilarious take.
This is a poetic take on the daily travails of new mothers, and how much one can learn from just observing your own children.
Do you fear that in being a protective mom, you are becoming a paranoid mom? An honest take on creating your own rules, cos no rules work for everybody!
You are expected to plan for a child's playschool, and maybe even future education even before birth. A tongue-in-cheek look at this.
#Poetry. A searing expression of regret for all that could have been and what happened. A poem about loss and love.
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