What actions should HR and business leaders take to curb mental harassment at work? Share your thoughts.
Sonal is a multiple award winning blogger and writer and the founder of a women-centric manpower search firm - www.rianplacements.com.
Her first book, a volume of poetry - Islands in the stream - is slated for release this year.
1. Recipient of the LBSIM corporate Excellence award for entrepreneurship.
2. Recipient of Gitesh Biva memorial award short fiction in 2019.
3. Recipient of Prasanna Jena memorial award for fiction writing in 2019.
4. Recipient of the Orange flower award by women’s web network for 2020 for parent blogging.
5. Recipient of the certificate of excellence for Asian Literary Society’s Wordsmith award in 2020.
6. Recipient of the Orange flower award for writing on LGBTQ issues in 2021 (runner’s up).
7. Recipient of the Orange flower award for writing on health and fitness issues in 2021 (runner’s up).
8. Recipient of the Asian Literary Society’s ‘best blogger’ award in 2021.
9. Recipient of the Asian Literary Society’s ‘Women achiever award’ for literature in 2021.
10. Achieved 6th position in the Bharat award for literature (international) in 2021.
The rage that we as parents feel at such incidents should smack us in the face and propel us to speak. Our silence at such heart-wrenching incidents makes us complicit ... somewhere.
If an event like the Met Gala is a fundraiser then what purpose is wearing nude dresses serving? Will nudity loosen the purse strings more?
They say that when it comes to animal lovers, the world is full of all kinds of people. But there are primarily two kinds of people — Dog people and Cat people
She won’t need these in her new home, I thought, and cast one last look around me. Had I missed something? No, I had packed it all.
Though companies are luring employees 'back to office' with many incentives, many women still want to work from home. Here's why.
At his commanding officer’s command, with steady hands, sepoy Lacchiman Gurung took aim and fired. An unarmed man dropped dead.
‘Nothing can make anyone love you! Nothing…’ Ma’s pet refrain rings in my ears. It is my constant companion. At her words my eyes flash. I hate you! I wish you were dead!
She can want things that she facilitates for her husband and children – someone to look after her, to care and love her for being just herself. Or are these just fanciful wishes? Recipe for a Perfect marriage explores these thoughts.
Along with the candidate, an HR recruiter has a responsibility towards the client, towards ourselves - and create a win-win for all of us.
Can a woman want more than her identities of a daughter, a wife, and a mother? Can we love and accept our parents even if they’re deeply flawed humans with their own dreams and desires?
What is empowerment of women, really? Is it if a woman in 'allowed' to work? Or is it her having equal say in everything, including finances?
If you or one of your loved ones is exhibiting symptoms of bulimia, get help soon. Sonal's personal experience is one of great trauma - but also of hope.
Showcasing 4 women who have adopted strays - some of whom have been either abandoned by their humans, or left destitute when their families were lost to COVID.
Creator, destroyer, mother, goddess, woman. Some versions are celebrated, some are shunned. Why is that?
While the world has been reeling from this pandemic, a look at how it must seem to the poor and the downtrodden, through the eyes of a fictional character.
Feminist parenting is the only thing that will save Indian society from remaining entrenched in a morass of rape culture.
Like a homing pigeon, my mind returned to the complexities of my present and I broke out of the happy remembrances that I had sunk into.
I don't think I am wrong to not give in to all of my kids' demands just to show them that I love them and want the best for them!
There's an accident and one of a couple is dead. How will they bear the loss of what once was?
A tail about hope in dark times
Why do people cringe from us? They do not want to be in our presence. Why do they shy away from us as if we are a communicable or a contagious illness?
Aha! Now I understood. If you could ask the radio for songs and stuff then it was exactly like Alexa. Cool!
The lockdown has helped us understand many of the things we once used to take for granted and often disregarded. Has this been the time to heal and change?
A funny short story on the plight of studing 'His-story'.
What is peace to you? Sometimes, it does seem to be the beauty in our surroundings and the joys and triumphs of everyday life.
This poem is a battle cry. It is a reaffirmation of the author's belief in her own strength and her ability to shed shackles and rise.
When Raheja Willows decided to barricade its residents in even before lockdown, Sonal Fozdar came up with a brilliant way of getting essentials to them.
An amorous expression of love straight from a lover's heart
Flled with love, the poem reflects the feelings and sweet musings felt towards the fair and sweet maiden, A proclaimation of innate passion for the maiden.
But, could I open my heart up? Could I tell him that I loved him only to be rebuffed by his parents later? I had been hurt in the past so was not so sure. But...
Doors open opportunities. They are a means for freedom...or are they? What if the doors in your life did not open?
Even though I am gone, I shall always remain with you, a part of your life. Thus began her mother's letter...
Oh the wonderful feeling of transitioning from a girl to the mother of girls.
The story of a woman’s fight for freedom from oppression and the shackles of abuse in matrimony.
This poem is an effort to explore the feelings of a girl child orphaned by war.
I swear there are days when I want to be rid of this crying infant. I want my life to go back to what it was before her. I want normal!
Time with our grandparents, with the stories they tell us, have so much more of an effect on our lives than we realise. A grandma's legacy always lives on.
When my impassioned senses are roused to turbulence, I weep, I cry, I sob out aloud.
Granny would read to me stories from an old leather bound book. She never let me touch the volume. It was hers, off limits and only she could read from it.
He grinned at her impishly, winked and said “I believe in serendipity. I am sure we shall meet again. Return my umbrella then.”
With public places being perceived as increasingly unsafe, with sexual harassment making headlines every day, here are some words to pay heed to.
The feeling of being pulled by the inner vices but the resolve to still get going and strike the right balance.
"My dear," I would tell my younger self, "let life not overwhelm you. It is an opportunity that comes once, live it to the hilt."
Memes about schools not teaching children essential life skills have been doing rounds for a while now. However, a mother made a list of 10 skill for every child.
“Maybe I can do something?” she thought as an idea took shape. She scampered off to school as fast as she could.
Mom always did laundry on Saturday. So today she would be poking around in my room to check for soiled clothing and to put away fresh ones. I was in huge trouble if she smelled what I had smelled.
‘What is it Amma?’ the child asked in wide-eyed innocence. The mother smiled, ‘Just another day,’ And like a hopeful bubble, she flew, and gently floated.
Kechak is a more sensuous depiction of the epic tale of Ramayana. It seduces you and transports you to a world in which you are left awed.
The poet explores the moment of metamorphosis when a woman is done trying to live her life on others' terms and decides to do it her way.
The myriad of emotions that a bride goes through when she enters a new phase in her life.
Why judge women over their physical appearance? Is it all that matters?
Here take this ₹ 1500/-. Today is Raksha Bandhan. You should be celebrating with your sister.
For a soldier, Nation comes first beyond family.. but what about the mother who gives her son to the nation? How does she feel?
This poem describes what goes on in a woman's mind when she resolves to break the shackles and fly free.
The feeling of being together but yet distant in thoughts.. the distance that slowly creeps in.
A grieving mom entreats the wind not to disturb her resting child, even though the thunder and rains come in too - a heartbreaking poem.
Soaking in the sunset, letting the sounds and sights swirl around her, willing the sun to pause right there while she dances her troubles away...
When life gives you a second chance, grab it with both your hands.
Eyes are the mirror to your heart and when the heart is full of sorrow, tears will flow free.
She rarely left her apartment for fear of being recognized. What if, Richard found her again? The very thought made her shudder, gave her sleepless nights.
Chronological age increases but the heart still remains the same!
When your dreams continue even when you wake up from slumber.
The tussle between the past and the future... when the future beckons you but the past is not willing to let go off you!
Have you ever met people who seem fine, but then, their eyes give them away? If you look closely, you can see the pain.
"Be me for a day, live my life," challenges the poet. "I guarantee, you will not be able to cope; but I own my colour!"
Just as the Earth welcomes the first rain with open arms, so do us.. in the hope that rain will wash away all our worries.
Memories connect our present to our past and our wisdom to our youth. It is the treasure chest that triggers happiness for us.
A confident woman today is enough for herself, and no man should dare to presume that she needs him to "be a man" for her. Then why do men take their 'protector' role for granted?
A beautful tribute to mothers from an artist's perspective!
Reminiscing the good old summer days.. warm, bright and friendly!
The feeling that there are things we cannot do. The invisible chains of conditioning that bind us more than actual ones. The regret that we could have done something... Let it not faze you anymore.
She had been abused, left to her fate, written off. But he had reckoned without her inner strength, and the strength that a sisterhood could give her to rise... again!
A couple, with nothing that seemed to bind them, still walking the journey together. Why? What kept them together? A poignant look at parenthood.
Bali, Indonesia, is known for its nightlife, shopping, beaches... but do you know of this tiny gem of a place which has none of this and is a haven of peace and greenery? Ubud.
Picnics provide valuable bonding time for families. Be in the sun or be in the shade, head for the hills or to the beach; just get set and go.
A daughter understands the life and mental burden of her mom after she becomes a mom herself, and writes a heartfelt letter to her. Do read.
An uplifting poem on inner strength which would inspire you to forever rise against all odds.
"Ever wonder what life would be like if we had no friends? If we had no one to share our feelings with, to experience things with or even to laugh with? Could we survive in a world devoid of the emotion called – friendship? "
Sacrifice and compromise are two words that have kept Indian women chained to a unforgiving patriarchy that won't let them be themselves. Time to get rid of them!
The Maldives is a beautiful place to visit, and when there, snorkelling or scuba diving is a must. Stay safe while you enjoy it, by keeping away from these dangers in the waters of Maldives.
Kopi Luwak, one of the most expensive coffees in the world is made out of the faeces(poop) of Luwak, a Civet cat. So, are you a coffee lover?
Snorkelling, unlike what many think, is not about swimming. These 10 tips will help you go snorkelling comfortably and enjoy the riches of the underwater world. 70% of this beautiful planet that we call home is water and is home to some of the most beautiful creatures found on this orb. These magnificent creatures, each […]
The author pens an ode to the farmer women who work as hard as the men and yet their labour goes unnoticed.
A poignant poem which depicts a mother's sorrow and the boundless love for her child.
Travel is not just about the place we go to, but the whole trip, right from planning it. Here's how the author approaches it, getting the most out of the trip. In all possible ways!
After many health issues related to my uterus, I went in for a hysterectomy on my gynaecologist's recommendation. But there were some complications after hysterectomy that I wasn't aware of.
Sonal gives you all the inputs you need to plan a trip to the beautiful Maldives. Read on to plan your next holiday !
A poem which says that though life is not a bed of roses, but still the zeal to live life triumphs.
Shillong is an enchanting place which is bound to rejuvenate and refresh you, says Sonal!
"I am born of your deepest desire, your whim, your fantasy, your fire"- Who am I?
This incident from a mom's diary will certainly amuse you. Read on.
A hilarious account of what transpires when the microwave suddenly becomes non-functional.
A poem which urges us not to be bogged down but to rise again despite the darkness.
Have trouble with waking up kids in the morning and getting them to go to school? Maybe they aren't getting enough sleep.
A humourous banter between a mother and a daughter arguing over the perennial problem- 'What have you made for dinner?'
Road trips are possibly the best idea ever for the holidays. Here are some essentials that you will need, as a woman, to make the most out of it.
Kids today are always on some gadget or social media, and have no time or interest in creating and nurturing personal relationships in the physical world. Isn't this a problem?
We may not be able to change everything we dislike about our jobs, but these simple workplace hacks will help you cheer yourself up at work and make for a cozier office!
While our genes, family, and nurture play a large role in our personalities, the friendships we make throughout life make a big mark on who we are.
#Poetry. Here is a short poem on the feelings of a mother as she holds her baby close, a poem that expresses all that motherhood is about.
A woman's corporate career today is often cut short by maternity, but it doesn't have to be, if companies saw pregnancy as a natural part of life.
#Poetry. Life can be different things for different people, but so much of it can be in our hands - let's make the most of it.
I went on a second honeymoon a few years into my marriage, and to my surprise I discovered intriguing things that made it so much better!
"We have utmost faith that our daughter can achieve anything that she sets her mind on. You can be anything that you want." A letter to a 13 year old daughter.
He still believed in the joy of being able to run and hug his mother. He still believed in the power of healing. He was not done yet!
Resume writing is not just about your academic qualifications or past work experience. There is more to resume writing, and here is why.
Do we feel the need to mask our true selves when we go out and apply makeup as a kind of war paint to help us deal with everything life throws at us?
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