Curious about anything and everything. Proud to be born a woman. Spiritual, not religious. Blogger, author, poet, educator, counselor.
Let's look at the announcements FM Nirmala Sitharaman made yesterday, and see if the economy will get any relief in this time of slowdown because of the unprecedented conditions.
Anujath lost his mother soon after his painting won the prestigious Shankar's award for art, but the Kerala govt putting it on their 2020-21 budget manual has made it, and his message about mothers' invisible labour, go viral.
We forget the highest religion of humanity when we discriminate and are violent against our fellow human beings based on our narrow religious beliefs!
When everything appears through a veil of brokenness, can there still be hope? Yes, there is always hope...
A first look at FM Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget 2019-20 feels disappointing. Will a reading of fine print yield better benefits for women and children?
What do the women of India expect from the Ministry of Women and Child Development in the next 5 years? A look, one month into the new Modi 2.0 government.
A new mosquito repellant ad appears to agree that mothers should not be expected to know everything about bringing up a child - but then goes on to subtly guilt her for failing her child, says Seema Taneja.
Smartphones can be a very useful tool today; the sheer reach of this tiny handheld computer can make life so much better, empowering women in many ways.
A lack of clear benefits to women in the interim budget 2019 presented by Piyush Goyal, the acting Finance Minister, disappoints, but we're hopeful for the final budget in July 2019.
"That's what sisterhood is all about, Neelam. To stand with one another, to uplift the one who is sagging mentally, emotionally, socially and even financially. And that is what we have done."
The panacea that the Congress needs or just a tired move by a party desperate to regain its lost glories? Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's entry into electoral politics was 'the big story' of the week.
Childcare leave for single fathers in government jobs is now a reality, but leaving married men out of it reinforces the mother's role as the primary parent.
'Come back to? Do you really mean what I think you do?' Amma was old but her mind was still alert enough to catch the unexplained words.
"If the decisions have been taken by the couple with mutual consent then what bothers other people?" asks Seema Taneja in this searing look at inquisitive questions about her travelling alone.
Both were approaching thirty, were well settled in their professions, loved being with each other and hence they saw no reason to delay their wedding. And both intended to go for Mission Mount Everest soon. This time together.
With confident, strong-willed women characters, Ayushmann's acting expertise and director's brilliance - Andhadhun is a must watch if you are a lover of suspense thrillers.
A hard-hitting poem that takes us through the life of an ordinary Indian girl. All her life silenced by the shaming and finger-pointing. But no longer silent.
A homemaker wishes to snooze some more, but the relentless of her morning routine pushes her to get up and begin yet another day, even if she has a few minutes of her coffee time for herself.
When the law increased maternity leave from 12 to 26 weeks in 2017, it was hailed as a historic step towards empowerment of women. Is the reality panning out as planned?
Perhaps this was why Naheed had chosen not to confide even in us; she may have thought we would not trust her too and continued to bear the agony alone.
As she changed into her comfy pyjamas, she heard a sweet voice croon an unfamiliar song. Neema couldn't decipher the words as the voice came from afar yet she was enchanted by the melody.
Is the CBSE re-exam announcement fair? Definitely not! As a parent, your job at this moment though is to help your child in the best possible way.
The launch of a new 100% biodegradable sanitary napkin by the Government of India is promising - although only actual use will tell us how good the product really is!
Every writer out there, big or small has at least once experienced a writer's block in their lives. Wanna know what I did to get rid of mine?
While this video showing a mom who was tough on her child has gone viral for its tough mom message, what are the other messages that it is sending out?
The new budget for 2018 is prima facie a great one for Indian women, but there may be loopholes and pitfalls that will need to be worked on.
#Poetry. The (fictional) story of Aparajita, the invincible girl who rose above fat shaming to become an Olympic gold medallist, in verse.
We crave for the good things in life but our children are paying the price for convenience, comfort and the 'cool life'.
At the vulnerable adolescent age, the health problems of teenagers include both physical and mental challenges – which we know very little about.
The doctors revealed that she was not only burnt partially due to the electric current but unfortunately she had also lost her voice and the movement in the right side of her body too.
Multiple benefit schemes have helped increase girls’ enrollment in school but has the quality of education improved?
Most Indian women marry in their 20s, but there are exceptions. These are the stories of 3 women who married late, in their 30s and 40s.
The subtle sexism that is implied in our everyday words makes sure that our girls remain suppressed, even in families who think they are liberal.
A woman in her 50s is not done with life yet! A sensitively penned poem that speaks of the clash between social expectations and what a woman wants.
This very onomatopoeic poem records the relentless drudgery of a working woman's morning rush, juggling home, husband, children, and so much more!
The recent submission by the central government to the Delhi HC against the criminalization of marital rape is not surprising, given our attitudes to women.
With women flyers to get special consideration from a private airline, the debate comes up again: essential in a country that disrespects women, or unnecessary privilege?
And yet he had started behaving in such a weird manner of late. He had become so reclusive that at time he would snap at his parents or not speak at all.
"And let me also warn you behanji, if she continues such senseless and insolent behavior in future too then this marriage will not last long as my son will not tolerate any nonsense from her!"
A pesky caller kept calling me up at all odd hours, destroying my peace of mind. A result of the entitlement men have who think they can get away with it?
As long as women are asked to 'adjust' in abusive marriages for the sake of 'honour' and tradition, dowry related deaths and suicides will continue to happen.
It was a trip only for women travelling together, taking a break from the mundane everyday that they had as much right to as everyone else.
The Ramjas College controversy has laid bare our society's discomfort with dissent. It's time to remember that we can deal with dissent in a respectful manner.
A poem about a woman's fight against marital abuse, violence and rape and also struggle for survival in a callous, patriarchal society.
Experiences of women in conflict zones is very different from those of the men, even if they are active participants. A short story on the Kashmir backdrop.
"She walked on, head held high, a confident gaze shot back at the piercing, mocking, questioning, lecherous eyes." A hard-hitting short story.
This poem expresses a mother's angst, fury, desolation at her daughter's gang rape and gruesome murder at the hands of some sadistic perverts.
Amitabh Bachchan's letter to his grand-daughters spoke of carrying forward a legacy, but this mom wishes for her son to abandon some legacies in the interests of creating a fairer world. Read on!
Women are expected to do it all, but not permitted to have it all. These double standards of patriarchy are reprehensible!
A teaching job is not merely a profession. A close bond between teacher and students can make it a very fulfilling and rewarding experience.
Would Naina dare to embrace equality between her daughter and daughter-in-law? Between son and son-in-law? A mother's dilemma.
Every day, the newspapers teem with reports of misogynistic news items. Even allowing for sensational headlines, they are indicative of the problems that plague our society.
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