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Shalini is a practicing doctor. After decades of writing long biopsy reports and applications for research grants, she decided to explore creative writing.
She finds inspiration in the routine life and regular people around her.
Her debut book Stars from the Borderless Sea (2022) is a collection of three non-linked novella-length stories. The book is an unconventional, empathetic look at the most universal human emotion — love. The book has been featured on many websites and platforms like Kitaab and Women’s Web.
Shalini was awarded a Jury Appreciation Citation at the UNFPA Laadli Media & Advertising Awards for Gender Sensitivity (2022). Her stories on women’s identity have won many short story contests and two Orange Flower awards (Fiction, 2022 and LGBTQ issues, 2021). Five of her short stories have found home in 3 anthologies. A humorous short story was selected for the Juggernaut Selects program (2020). Her poetry has been published in reputed Medical Humanities journals. She is a copyeditor and on the Review Board of the journals like ‘Research and Humanities in Medical Education'.
She was an invited speaker at the Ananke Women in Literature Festival (2022), and the Golden Door Dialogues (2022). She is a columnist and panellist for platforms like eShe, Beyond the Box, Women’s Web and Incredible Women of India.
Shalini believes we don’t get to choose the stories we tell. It is the stories that home into her heart, head and soul. Then they stay there, begging-and demanding- to be told. And she finds herself on her laptop following their command even at the ungodly hour of 5 AM in the winter!
A late entrant to the world of writing, Shalini finds it takes her away from noise, and towards silence. It is also a good excuse to avoid hitting the gym; and stops her from helicopter parenting her teenage children. She is happiest in the company of books, chocolate and old hindi movie songs. Though she has beautiful memories of her years in Bangalore and has now put down roots in Gurgaon, Shalini remains a Dilliwali at heart
In everyone’s understanding the two women were holding fort for Pareek- the heir- to claim his rightful place at the helm of the company. That was what tradition expected them to do.
Padma Shri awardee Rajni Kumar, founder of the Springdales group of schools in Delhi and Dubai, passed away on the 10th of November 2022 at the age of 99. A tribute.
Caring now means hampers and pampers. We have to create the perfect memories and experiences, so we shop more. Gift more. Order more. Plan more. Do more. But where's the real love?
What if we reflected upon our conditioning where “going on” and "keep going” even at great personal cost is encouraged, regarded, and even rewarded, right from early childhood?
Naina believes that not only her school, but every place, should be truly inclusive. Not just inclusive school, why not an inclusive duniya?
How could she ignore the silent anguish that she knew was building up in a child of such a tender age? Yet, she couldn’t understand it either.
The importance of Vitamin D for women (and in fact for all) cannot be dismissed - however, we need to learn more about its role and how much Vitamin D we actually need.
Menopause and the woman at work - though it clearly affects the woman's mental and physical health and interaction with society, workplaces have refused to address this reality of women's lives.
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Can our personal stories be separated from the social and the political of the society that we live in? No, say the authors and editors of Write in Power, an inclusive anthology of fiction, non fiction, poetry and artwork.
The stories of the trailblazers in Kavitha Rao's book Lady Doctors: The Untold Stories of India's First Women in Medicine, and the challenges they triumphed over, need to find their rightful place in history.
All genders will internalize these messages, as they have done for generations. They will become the benchmark for expectations by men, and standards to live up to for women.
Tribhanga literally means divided into three, and is about three generations of women, their strengths and flaws; their compulsions and choices; their triumphs and losses; and their difficult relationships.
But this moment is not forever. You have already taken the first steps towards the light. You have spoken up, called out the abuser, and begin to set your boundaries.
"Maybe when we think she is daydreaming, is just her pausing to see the beauty in the routine, mundane things around her!"
I knew no one would understand why I needed to do this; and finally, I had stopped feeling guilty. I had one life to live, and I needed to do whatever brought me peace.
Raima could see a younger version of herself in Arzoo. She'd been a broken girl once. Could she help Arzoo rewrite her life story?
The mask she wears to hide her bruises, her pain, her distress from everyone, to hold up her head and go through life... can you not see it?
It was her mother's lack of drive and ambition that was responsible for the limited canvas of her life, she had decided early on.
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I had been so caught up in my complex relationship with my father, which had been contentious even at the best of times, that I hadn’t realized how well she knew and understood me.
Most of my school friends were financially stable long before our education was done - we, doctors, have sacrificed that to save lives. And is this what we get?
Me, I am just a girl, not little enough anymore to hope dinner will cook itself… and these thoughts swirl through my mind.
It was her daughter, who had taught her to look for the beauty that was there, waiting to be found amidst the misery that seemed to surround them both.
All of us missed having these girls over for the festival, but was this feeling more for them, or for our rituals which we felt had been incomplete?
To all my fellow human beings, especially privileged ones like myself, please read what I have to say. This is war, and needs to be treated as one.
Anne was puzzled; almost disappointed. From the media reports, she had expected loud protests, speeches booming and thunderous rebellion, with leaders and motivators.
Whenever faced with difficult circumstances, in her personal or professional life, she has always taken the path less travelled and stood by her principles, even if it meant standing alone.
His rebellion hadn’t gone down well with his father and conflict had soon escalated into a family feud, with even her sister in law being called upon to intervene, and things had gone completely out of hand.
Even if she floundered, she needed to know she had failed on her terms, after doing the best she could.
Initially she had found it depressing, but gradually she realized the difference that the clinic was making in the lives of the patients, many of whom were women.
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I realise that resolutions aren’t as overrated as they appear. May be I looked at it all wrong. What if the resolutions are a way of self love and care?
The women had found the courage to voice their stories, had found themselves and in themselves found peace.
This world was such a contrast from her restrictive, often oppressive life that she enjoyed the release it offered tremendously. The thrill seemed to be an outlet for her.
Tell me Gupta ji, when you reject and discard all the myriad forms of Laxmi that I bring you, why do you do this Laxmi Pooja every year? And humiliate me, and them, year after year, day after day?"
Should love and marriage be based on mutual respect and understanding or on thoughts like obey and control? If the roles were reversed, would he have asked her for permission?
As the years passed, she became old enough to feel the pain of his rejection, but was still young enough to believe that she could perhaps change his responses to her.
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