S Sen

Sreemati Sen, a Masters in Social Work (MSW) From Visva Bharati, Shantiniketan. She is a Development Professional, specialised in Psychiatric care of Differently Abled Children. That hasn’t stopped her from exploring other fields. Years of experience in Social and Consumer Research are also a part of her portfolio. A mother of two, she is passionate about travelling and writing. When she finds the time, she writes. Writing is catharsis. She has been writing on a number of online platforms. One of her short stories was recently published in ‘I’m Not In Stories Only’, an anthology of horror stories by Criticspace Journals and Evincepub Publishing. She has also contributed to an anthology of short stories on Caregivers, titled, "No One Fights Alone", published by Criticspace Journals and Evincepub Publishing.

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If I Don’t Want To Take Care Of My Grandchildren It Doesn’t Make Me ‘Selfish’!

Most women do not get to live their lives the way they want, on their own terms. So why should they be tied down in their old age?

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3 As of Perimenopause — Awareness, Acceptance and Action

I realize that the need of the hour is to educate and generate awareness about perimenopause and menopause. For some women, depending on their genetics, it can last as long as ten years, followed by menopause.

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Self Nomination For Awards Is Not Wrong; Believe In Yourself, Ladies, You Deserve It!

Self-love is important. Self-criticism is equally important. But not to the extent of demoralising oneself. These awards needing self nomination and are then screened by a jury serve a purpose.

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How Gita Ramaswamy Threw Off Orthodox Upper Caste Chains To Live And Work With Dalits

Gita Ramaswamy, a 'lapsed revolutionary', weaves an intriguing tale of land, caste and gender, which deserves a much wider audience.

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The Real Reason Women Neglect Regular Gynaec Check-ups Crucial In Early Detection Of Diseases!

A woman's body is important only for sex or for producing a baby. She is well cared for during her pregnancy. But after that? Her ‘womanly’ issues are ignored. If she chooses to disclose them, she faces huge opposition.

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‘If He Is Gone, What Is The Use Of Living A Good Life?’ They Ask My Newly Widowed Mother!

They made her feel that she had committed a grave blunder by stepping out to enjoy. The guilt of not mourning properly weighed down heavily on her.

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For Every Man Who’s A Predator At Work, There’s A Woman Who Enables Sexual Harassment

All went well until it was time to wrap up. He chose to stay back at the guesthouse and occupied the room next to mine. The handle on the door leading to my room turned that night. Not once, but many times.

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When Your Child Becomes A Parent…What My Son’s Love For A Female Pup Taught Me

When I had reservations about bringing home a female pup, which would bleed and cause a mess, it was my son who taught me...

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I Decided I’d Had Enough, And Became The ‘Rebel Bahu’!

I was allergic to vermillion. But I was forbidden to wash my hair for eight days after the wedding. Sari was mandatory. Else, what would be the difference between an unmarried girl and a newly-married girl?

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How Can A New Bride Talk In Front Of Men About Needing To Use The Toilet? Shameless!

I flew into a rage. ‘Tell me…where should I empty my bladder after I have had my quota of water? Are we encouraged to empty our bladders at regular intervals? Do we have decent toilets around?’

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Men Are Scared Of The Devi And Offer Her The Best, But For The Women Of The Household? Only The Leftovers!

Our society doesn’t treat their daughters the way they treat the Goddess. They will throw themselves at the feet of the Goddess but they will cry their voice hoarse if a daughter is born.

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Generations Of DILs In My Family Went Hungry As A ‘Woman Can’t Be Fat And Must Eat Less’

It was a matter of shame for a woman to eat publicly or be fanned while she ate. Women ate the leftovers, with no question of a second helping.

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She’s COVID Positive, But I Can’t Spend So Much On Her Now…

“Isn’t it enough that we are all looking after her? We are doing all her chores. Can you imagine that the men of the household are doing her seva? She is blessed to have us, Didi.”

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My Domestic Help Has Taught Her 13yo Son To Cook, Just In Case Of COVID…

She tells me about the money she has saved for medical emergencies that might crop up, and to keep her salary on hold. She has also prepared her 13-year old boy, taught him to cook, just in case.

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‘You’re Being The Son They Never Had’… I’m Tired Of Being Compared To This Mythical Son

It’s always expected that the son has to bear all responsibilities of the parents. Not the daughter. Her one and only responsibility is to take care of her parents-in-law.

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I Slept Hungry Most Nights As A New DIL Coz Men Ate First Without A Care For Women; No More!

Gradually, I realised that food was an effective tool for discrimination. Despite being the queen of the kitchen, it was the man who exercised the control. Food was cooked for men- whatever they loved.

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No Comparison… Please!

One has to understand that every child is different. Not everyone excels in academics. Academics should never be the sole criterion to judge an individual.

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Why Does It Matter So Much That I Haven’t Changed My Surname After My Marriage?

A woman is who refuses to change her last name after marriage is still considered a rebel and a misfit. Her decision is still not accepted!

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My Child, No Matter Where I Am, You And I Are Linked Together, Forever…

You are a part of me. So, when you miss me, feel your heartbeat. Here, let me show you. That right there is me beating inside you.

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The Search – A Short Story

Read this tragic short story of the night during Kaalboishakhi that will leave your heart-wrenched and senses alarmed.

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9 Diverse Reasons Why I Love To Celebrate Festivals

Just because I am a modern woman, doesn't mean I don't enjoy festivals. Traditional celebrations mean a lot to me and I'll tell you why!

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The Word Of The Year May Be ‘Quarantine’ But The Concept Has Existed For A Long Long Time!

Quarantine is not a new word for us. We have been putting people in isolation for some time now, right from pregnant women to some gods!

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Celebrate Festivals, Not The Patriarchy That Makes Women Work All Day!

Every festival and every ritual in our society reeks of patriarchy. Narrow-minded and parochial, isn’t it time we ushered in a change?

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My Son Knows About Periods Since He Was 5 And Today, He Is The Most Supportive When I Bleed!

What is wrong in telling my son about periods and buying pads while he is around? Isn't that one more step towards normalising menstruation?

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My Detective Daddy ( An Ode To Dad)

A dad who wants to pass on his A-1 skills to his daughter

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Despite The Cramps, The Pain And The Stains, Every Month, I Bleed With Pride!

For five days, when we bleed and suffer from the cramps, it’s absolutely fine to demand the much-needed rest for our body. Proudly declare, yes, we bleed!

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The Best Cook – There Is More To A Woman Than Just Being A Great Cook!

Right from her second birthday, she was told that her place was in the kitchen. Is a woman's place only in the kitchen? Does she have no other identity?

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Sexually Abused By My Father’s Best Friend For Years, Silenced By My Family… But I Fought To Heal

My father's best friend took advantage of this relationship and sexually abused me for years before I spoke up, only to be silenced. But I've now found healing by fighting back as an adult.

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If Your Parents Can Live With You, Why Can’t Mine?

Isn’t it high time that we changed these norms and expectations? And one last word….next time you think of such ridiculous ideas, also remember that you have a daughter.

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Salute, Warrior!

“You have been a true warrior, beta. When everyone around us refused to help, you were the only one! Salute, warrior! ”

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What Kind Of Mother Are You? And Have You Looked At Your Bulges In The Mirror?

The indignity of baring her breast, allowing strangers to handle her private parts and the disappointment of not being able to feed her child smothered her. The happiness that she had known was short-lived.

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If He Can Have An Affair, Why Can’t I?

She had no idea how long she had stood looking at him. The doors opened to her floor. Holding her by her elbow, Arjun guided her to her seat.

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In Search Of Light

As if taking a cue from his friend, the furry ball jumped on mother and licked away her tears.

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It Took Her Years To Be Considered Worthy Of Eating With The ‘Men’ Of The Family

Food was never special for them. It was a means of sustenance. Delicacies were always cooked for men. Women learnt to survive on leftovers.

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After All That, My Daughter Was The Game Changer

She was not a conventional beauty. Her defiance and fiery temperament was deemed unsuitable for their family. The conditions laid down by her were totally unacceptable.

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