Seema Taneja

Seema Taneja

Curious about anything and everything. Proud to be born a woman. Spiritual, not religious. Blogger, author, poet, educator, counselor.

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The Flight Back Home

'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.

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I Could Almost Hear People Think, “What Kind Of Woman Stays Away From Her Family?”

"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.

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And Then Came The Real Wedding Gift, Putting Her Mind To Rest

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.

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A Wild Card Hit, Andhadhun Has Finely Crafted And Portrayed Characters Who Amaze You

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.  

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It’s Their #MeToo. And Ours Too!

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.

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Early Morning Coffee. And The Musings Of A Homemaker On Life

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.

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Are Women Losing Jobs Due To Increased Maternity Leave? A New Study Reveals Problems

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?

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With The Ugly Memories Of My City

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.

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The Three Magical Words

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.

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Yes, The CBSE Re-Exam Is Unjust, But Your Job As A Parent Is To Help Your Child Through It

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.

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New Biodegradable Sanitary Napkins ‘Suvidha’ – Finally, A Women’s Day Gift We Can Use!

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!

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How I Get Over The Never Ending Writer’s Block

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?

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This ‘Tough Mom’ Video Is Making The News For All The Wrong Reasons

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?

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New Budget For 2018: What You Need To Know About Its Impact On Indian Women

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.

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Aparajita
Aparajita, The Invincible

#Poetry. The (fictional) story of Aparajita, the invincible girl who rose above fat shaming to become an Olympic gold medallist, in verse.

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good things in life
Just 1 Pack Of Potato Chips…Is That Your Child’s Mantra Too?

We crave for the good things in life but our children are paying the price for convenience, comfort and the 'cool life'.

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From Diabetes To Depression, Our Healthcare System Misses The Problems Of Teenagers

At the vulnerable adolescent age, the health problems of teenagers include both physical and mental challenges – which we know very little about.

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the battle with herself
The Battle With Herself [#Shortlisted]

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.

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6% Of This Country’s Expenditure Should Be On Education, Say Students

Multiple benefit schemes have helped increase girls’ enrollment in school but has the quality of education improved?

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women who married late
These Indian Women Who Married Late Are Receiving Acceptance, Not Derision

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.

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The Indian Bahu: No Identity Without Her Husband, No Life Support Guarantee Without Her Son

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.

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Not Done With Life Yet [#Poetry]

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.

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sounds of morning
Sounds Of Morning [#Poem]

This very onomatopoeic poem records the relentless drudgery of a working woman's morning rush, juggling home, husband, children, and so much more!

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Passion’s Fury Not A Crime. Because Even Our Lawmakers Say So [POEM]

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.

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Women Flyers To Get Special Consideration: Justified Or Unnecessary?

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?

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Please Get Me My Childhood Back! [#ShortStory]

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.

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The Power Puff Girl! [#ShortStory]

"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!"

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The Pesky Caller Who Wouldn’t Go Away, Hijacking My Peace Of Mind For Months!

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?

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Ph.D Scholar’s Suicide Reveals The Result Of Teaching Our Girls To Tolerate Abusive Marriages

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.

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When She Went Away On A Trip By Herself… [#ShortStory]

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.

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The Ramjas College Controversy Makes A Teacher Reflect On Dissent And The Right Way To Deal With It

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.

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Undo The Shackles [#Poetry]

A poem about a woman's fight against marital abuse, violence and rape and also struggle for survival in a callous, patriarchal society.

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The Deluge And The Aftermath [#ShortStory]

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.

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The New Road Taken [#ShortStory]

"She walked on, head held high, a confident gaze shot back at the piercing, mocking, questioning, lecherous eyes." A hard-hitting short story.

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One Dark Ominous Rainy Night… [#Poetry]

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.

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Saw The Amitabh Bachchan Letter? Now Here’s My Open Letter To My Son

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!

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Moolah Brought In By A Working Daughter In Law Is Welcome, But Her Freedom To Work Commitment Is Not!

Women are expected to do it all, but not permitted to have it all. These double standards of patriarchy are reprehensible!

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Is Teaching Just A Profession Or A Close Bond Between Teachers And Students?

A teaching job is not merely a profession. A close bond between teacher and students can make it a very fulfilling and rewarding experience.

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A Mother’s Dilemma – Would She Dare To Embrace True Equality?

Would Naina dare to embrace equality between her daughter and daughter-in-law? Between son and son-in-law? A mother's dilemma.

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These Misogynistic News Items Prove That Patriarchy Clearly Rules

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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