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I am a travel expert by profession and an avid blogger by passion. Parenting and women's issues are something that are close to my heart and I blog a lot about them.
This is the time when a woman needs a lot of emotional support, but mostly it's believed that she is fine.
Your 40s are all about embracing change! Women in their 40s are now open to travelling alone, having fun, and letting their children be.
The recent incidents of men in flights urinating on women passengers with impunity (yes, there's one more reported) brings to mind the entitlement of men.
The ageism in Bollywood is glaring with male actors still doing 'stud' roles opposite women half their age, while their earlier heroines are now 'boring' old women?
Women are being shamed for choosing 'non-sanskaari' ways of life after the Shraddha Walkar murder, but what about all the violence, dowry deaths, and more, among married women?
Support from a wife is highly under-appreciated and underrated, and given our patriarchal setup husband appreciating the wife is a matter of ridicule or criticism.
Soon she came to know that her ex-husband had already started living in with another girl. He had moved on without any sense of responsibility towards his children.
I started developing hatred towards men as I saw my father behaving like an MCP with my mom, or the way my paternal and maternal grandfathers would keep my grandmothers subjugated.
If you really take the trouble to understand any kind of work at home, men can do it as well as women. It's 'our' work. Not 'her' work.
We are not "wasting" time if we are relaxing and watching a show, going to the parlour, meeting friends or simply catching up on sleep!
Who gives them right to disregard and disrespect women who wanted nothing but a happy blissful life with their partner? They don't hit their parents, friends, outsiders; why the wife?
Most 45 or 50 plus male stars are still found desirable, said to be ageing like fine wine, and paired with female stars half or more than half their age.
Everything else can be learnt over a period of time but these values need to be inculcated right from a very young age
Women are expected to be nurturing, and their role as caregivers is taken for granted, by everyone. What happens when the caregiver falls ill?
Haven't we seen our fathers, fathers-in-law, uncles, neighbours etc. treat their ageing wives badly? They yell and humiliate them in front of their children and others, and have no remorse whatsoever.
Why is violence inside the home, be it by parents, spouse, in-laws, siblings or an insider in our society so acceptable?
There are many, many girls like Seema who are stuck in loveless, abusive marriages; the abuse can be verbal, emotional, physical, financial.
I remember the first time he slapped me. I was stunned, shattered. I wanted to call you both up and cry and tell that I didn't want to live with this man. But then my conditioning stopped me.
He shows his affection openly; a casual bear hug is not often seen between fathers and older daughters in India as they're conditioned to keep a distance.
When a woman gets molested, why is it always her fault for getting molested, never the perpetrator's for committing the crime?
It was #WorldMenstrualHygieneDay on Friday, 28th May. A day to step up the awareness about periods and everything related to it.
What do you do when the world shuns you, calls you 'inauspicious'? Do you slink away, or do you stand up for yourself and reshape your destiny?
Normalise a man doing his duties as a dad/husband. Or at the very least, go nuts over a woman mothering her own child! Only fair, isn't it?
All these years they had kept quiet despite knowing that their son-in-law failed to keep their daughter happy, but out of societal fear they could never confront him.
It's easy to say from a place of privilege that women should be strong and not tolerate abuse, but for the first time I witnessed why many women can't get out of such a hell.
Here is a list of things parents of daughters need to speak up about, but they keep mum and let the daughters suffer. Don't.
Period taboos need to be demolished, and we should talk about it openly with even the men in the family - here's why.
Society is full of 'nice' men who seem to be loving, supportive husbands in the public eye. But only the couple knows what's behind the doors.
We pass on this message over generations that it's okay to display anger but not love. It's okay to hit not hug. It's okay to yell but not apologize.
Most Indian parents don't raise their voice, or don't teach their daughters to raise a voice against abuse. That's where the men and their parents get the guts to run amok.
Disagreement and annoyance is a part of life. But instead of yelling, accusing, abusing, simple calm communication can also sort issues.
Why are women expected to act as the mediators holding families together? Aren't other members responsible for maintaining relationships too?
Misogynist men don't appear out of nowhere - boys can grow up to be good people who support feminism if the parents take responsibility to raise their son right.
Even today, when I see people feeling bad for parents with two daughters, I am left angry. We still can't accept girl children can we?
Parents can do their bit towards a society more respectful of women by joining hands to raise their sons well instead of just lamenting and restricting their daughters.
A woman's first priority is still believed to be taking care of her husband and his family. Her own dreams and career ambitions don't matter.
Our girls are raised to feel 'grateful', growing up into women conditioned to feel guilty about prioritizing themselves before their parents, spouse or children.
A grand wedding to please society, and tons of jewellery to please the in-laws should not be the parameters to decide a daughter's happiness. Their education should be.
The shackles of patriarchy still need to be broken. But it isn't an easy task when women are conditioned by it too. Often their toxic behaviour nurtures it!
Women are constantly expected to be superwomen when it comes to managing the family, their careers and the kitchen. I think it's time we stopped that!
Women always have to justify their choices. I wonder why? We should strive towards living a guilt-free life with no regrets.
She knew she had nowhere to go. Her parents would never believe that Nitesh had this facet. He was very well-behaved in front of them.
"Neerja, its good to take care of your family, but don't try to become so sacrificing and devoted that you forget your own existence. No point in trying to make everyone else happy but yourself."
"You are annoyed with me only because I can't give you a grandchild? Why just me? Can you say the same thing to your son?" Priya asked.
We have always heard how daughters are caring and how sons are incapable of handling themselves or others. This will change your mind.
They forget that if you want a change then be the change. Be the change Maa. Don't worry about me. I am extremely proud to be your daughter.
Many young people today are more aware of gender inequality in India, and burning with the passion to act for gender justice.
For many girls, sexual harassment is a very real threat due to caste and gender acting against them. Here’s what young people had to say.
Girls want to have the freedom to have fun just as much as boys. Patriarchal restrictions of morality just push them into leading a dual life.
Are husbands little kids that they are 'expected' to throw temper tantrums in a marriage? Why isn't a husband expected to be adult enough to own his part in being a couple?
When everything was hunky-dory, this author got handed a diagnosis of incurable psoriatic arthritis. How did she deal with it?
If we have to eliminate gender differences, we need to begin early, with our children, and raise our boys and girls without differentiating between them.
Nisha didn’t expect this reaction from her mother. She looked at her father for support. He looked at her mother and said, “Girls shouldn’t be given so much of freedom."
Why are good husbands who consider their wife an equal in all aspects so rare? It has much to do with how they are brought up, in my opinion!
Women's sexuality is a completely taboo topic in our country - how dare they have desires and enjoy sex? Then they must be #AskingForIt!
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