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In her role as the Senior Editor & Community Manager at Women's Web, Sandhya Renukamba is fortunate to associate every day with a whole lot of smart and fabulous writers and readers. A doctor turned writer, she has been one of the oldest writers at Women's Web. Sandhya lives in a house full of books, and has been published at various prestigious publications which include Saffron Tree, The Alternative, ArtsyCraftsyMom, Goodbooks, MyCity4Kids, The Tribune, and much else.
A handy roundup of interesting new books in October 2018 by Indian women authors (and a couple by non-Indian authors that we think are a must-read), that can be added to your to-be-read list.
A school in Bangalore discriminated against a genderqueer writer who was to be a speaker at a children's literature fest. What went wrong, and how can we change our attitudes towards the LGBT+ community?
We have a responsibility towards our kids, to give them the right values that enable them to respect any human being, of any gender. How are we going so wrong that 17-18 year olds feel entitled to rape?
A handy roundup of interesting new books for September 2018 by Indian women authors, that can be added to your to-be-read list.
Urvashi Butalia speaks to real women survivors in The Other Side Of Silence, the biggest casualties of the Partition, suffering in war zones that see men come out at their worst.
31st July, is a double birthday for Potterheads - Harry Potter "born as the seventh month dies" and the creator of the books, JK Rowling. Here are 10 Rowling quotes not from the HP books.
The Nobel for Literature for 2018 had been cancelled earlier this year, because the Swedish Academy had been dismantled following sex scandals due to the #MeToo movement.
Wouldn't you like to know what your favourite women authors have read recently? 9 of these authors recommend their best read in 2018.
Why should people marry? Is it just the things we're told by elders that have to do with the mundane? What about love and companionship? Do we always get it?
The Girl In The Broken Mirror by Savita Kalhan is a book I'd recommend to anyone over 16, a book that shines a light on the rape culture that dehumanises a rape survivor.
Searching for some girl power quotes? Look no further! Here are some girl power quotes by your favourite authors and characters.
These women innovators have made a mark in their chosen fields, making a difference with their work. Do find out more about them here.
I have had a love-hate relationship with the story of Ram and Sita all my life. Despite that, a live performance of the Geet Ramayan touched my soul.
Non-heterosexual people are human beings just like you and I, and have a right to be themselves. Here are 13 positive LGBTQ quotes that could be a first step towards light.
A personal list of Sridevi movies that I have loved. My heartfelt tribute to this excellent woman actor and strong woman. May you rest in peace, Sridevi!
Valentine's Day has been thoroughly 'hallmarked' and makes for extremely cheesy quotes on love, unlike these quotes about love from books.
#Poetry. A woman often has no right to her own self, simply because she is born a woman. When will this change? When will she be able to own her self and her life?
No matter how bad we think the world is, people are intrinsically good, and do help in times of need, as this personal account of the kindness of strangers proves.
Today, 7th July, is World Chocolate Day. What would be more perfect than checking out a list of delectable books on chocolate, and adding them to your to-be-read list?
Double or Quits by Shilpa Gupta is a pageturner that brings you a strong woman protagonist who refuses to stay down despite circumstances.
These Mother's Day quotes tell you to stop putting mothers on a pedestal. Motherhood is beautiful but it can also be about conflict, negotiation, acceptance and identity issues.
Check out these books on inclusive stories for kids on Saffron Tree, during their online festival CROCUS, this World Disability Day, 3rd December.
So, Sania Mirza, the no 1 tennis player who has very firmly put India on the world sports map, has yet again faced the inevitable consequence of being a woman.
Life might seem hopeless when a relationship fails, but there is life beyond all that, in which YOU are important.
We asked you, our readers, "If there is one thing you could let go from your life, what would it be, and why?" Here are the 10 best answers from our readers.
The festival of Holi has become a convenient reason for street harassment of women, what with the licence to misbehave that men take.
Who decides what should be accepted feminine behaviour? Why can't we just be ourselves? Human beings who can be unique?
Domestic violence can reduce most women to a cowering victim. This is a collection of narratives by 17 women who are survivors of domestic violence, and who have been courageously come out with their stories.
Christmas is a time for families to bask in the warmth of the festive season. This Christmas book list with suggestions for every age helps you usher in the festival spirit.
The poem here describes the author's intense love for books in evocative verse. The books define her, and make up a large part of her life. Read this third winning entry for our December Book Talk theme.
Are the festivals in India unfair to women? Are our festivals male-centric? Sandhya writes a thoughtful post.
Kirtida Gautam’s un-put-downable book, #IAm16ICanRape, is a hard-hitting, brilliant fictional deconstruction of a rape case.
The Gendered Nature of Alzheimer's.
We bring 10 must read memoirs by women of the subcontinent. Books that will inspire and make us look at ourselves in a different way.
Painful Sexual Intercourse or Dyspareunia in women is a common experience though hardly talked about. This piece, talks about its causes and cure.
You are young, eat well and are healthy too. So you think you can't get Osteoporosis? Think again. Here are 7 common myths about Osteoporosis, you must know.
The Other End Of The Corridor by Sujata Rajpal brings alive a protagonist caught in the web of a patriarchal society. Will she find her way out?
Ananya: A Bittersweet Journey, by Shilpa Gupta, is an interesting page-turner that deals with the various complexities involved in teenage lives.
The women of the Ramayana, especially Sita, have become benchmarks for Indian women over time. Here is a list of books with various approaches to the women of the Ramayana.
Gita Aravamudan's new book, Baby makers, is an in-depth and emotionally charged exploration of Indian surrogacy, aided by real life surrogacy stories.
When it comes to good health, the small things matter. Read on to find out what a lack of Calcium and Vitamin D may be doing to your body.
Shahnaz Bashir, in The Half Mother, brings to us a tale of ordinary civilians under attack, and the struggle of a lone woman for her right to dignity and life.
Through the history of the world, there have been a few extraordinary women to wield authority. Here are some powerful books on these powerful women.
Most of us love school stories, but do not know of others beyond Enid Blyton and Harry Potter. Here are 12 must read lesser known school stories.
The winds of Hastinapur, by Sharath Kommaraju, explores The Mahabharata in a way that has never been done before - through the eyes of an ensemble all-woman cast.
Stereotypes about women writers and readers as narrow in their reading aptitudes and 'sentimental' still exist, but they harm both women and men.
Besides ‘big name’ books such The Female Eunuch and The Vagina Monologues, some lesser known books too inspire change for women.
Have you ever lost something that seems trivial, and yet so important at that moment? A story of losing and recouping, all in the course of a day.
Love a well-written, feel good, heart-warming love story, and love good food, too? Andaleeb Wajid’s More Than Just Biryani is the perfect book to read.
Wish to work in health but have no medical degree? Have a medical background, but want to branch out? Here are alternate careers in health.
Vesna P. Jacob’s book, Fit to Fight is an invaluable resource for women who want to feel safer by knowing how they can defend themselves.
Parenting Teens In Modern Times by Anju Musafir-Chazot is the perfect resource for the bewildered parent caught between ground realities of Indian culture, western-centric parenting sites/books, and a ‘cool’ teenager.
What are some quick, easy and interesting lunch box ideas that don’t compromise on health and nutrition?
She is born a woman. Will she ever be able to be true to herself without being apologetic or being made to feel guilty about wanting to be herself?
Lalita Iyer’s book, I’m Pregnant, Not Terminally Ill, You Idiot! is an almost clairvoyant peek into the mind of every woman who goes through a pregnancy.
Convinced of the need for sex education for children, but having trouble teaching kids about the birds and bees? Books to the rescue!
Nandini Krishnan’s Hitched is an up-close and personal look at arranged marriages in the lives of today’s urban, educated, and progressive Indian women.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's book Oleander Girl is a story of a young woman's search for her parentage and consequently her identity.
Kim Gattas’ The Secretary gives us an interesting insight into Hillary Clinton’s tenure as the US Secretary of State.
Here are 10 movies to watch with kids that will be a godsend for parents to keep little ones occupied during vacations.
Rashmi Bansal’s Follow Every Rainbow is a collection of inspiring, real life stories of some strong women who’ve charted their own paths.
What are the red flags that indicate common health problems in women? We tell you the signs that every woman must watch out for.
Sheila Kumar’s Kith And Kin is an almost voyeuristic peek into the lives of the Melekat clan, written in an unusual format.
The loss of loved one stakes a toll on women’s health; sometimes books can help when dealing with the grief.
As gender stereotyping affects every girl child in India, teaching kids to look beyond pinks and princesses becomes even more pertinent.
Amruta Patil’s Adi Parva is a feminist retelling of the Mahabharat, with an interesting focus on its women characters.
The recent India Inclusion Summit was an eye opener on Disability in India; Sandhya Renukamba shares her experience
Warrior In A Pink Sari is an autobiographical account of Sampat Pal, the feisty leader of Uttar Pradesh’s Gulabi Gang.
Diwali celebrations with family are always fun! Tips for Indian moms to make Diwali more special by including some meaningful family rituals.
No doubt children face peer pressure; but it can also affect parents. Some tips for Indian moms to deal with peer pressure.
P.Sivakami’s The Taming Of Women is a rustic story of the conflicts and struggles between tenacious women and tyrannical men.
Tips for teaching kids about equality and respect, which will help them grow up to be balanced and responsible individuals.
Sandhya writes about a friendship in which dissimilarities and differences simply don’t matter for our Friendship Story writing theme.
Teaching kids about diversity though important can be quite challenging for many parents. Here are 10 books about diversity for kids!
Sandhya talks about The Diary Of A Young Girl - the heartbreaking journal of Anne Frank describing the cruelty of Nazi persecution.
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