An engineer by education, I am a civil servant by profession. A doting mother. An avid reader. I try my hand at writing as and when ideas tussle inside my head.
Now Jaya had only one unfinished business-- to find a suitable boy for her daughter and arrange her wedding. Then she would be free from her responsibilities.
I want to be number one to someone other than my mother. I want to matter most to someone, to be their first phone call, the first person they think of. And I am not.
But she felt fear gnawing at her insides. She had a premonition that something was very wrong inside her- the kind of premonitions only mothers can have.
But Kanaklata strangely felt neither sad nor despondent. Rather, she felt liberated. Finally, she was in charge of her own life.
Being a single woman is not as rare as you might think. Neither is it an unhappy experience.
People will know me as the epitome of motherly affection and virtue. But they will never come to know of the searing pain that afflicts my life in these autumn years of my life.
"Doctor, do you think that I am overreacting? Instead of thinking about my children's well-being, I am thinking of my own miseries only. Am I being selfish?"
At least, I am fortunate to have an education which they lack. These girls get married at a very early age with little or no education. Trafficking of women is also rampant here.
A fictional interview with an yesteryear actress and cancer survivor.
I thought he belonged to me only - my man. But how wrong I was. I still had a lot to learn about men and the position of privilege they were entitled to.
Any parent of sons of marriageable age can imagine his agony. After all, who doesn't want to see their children settled and happy, leading a fulfilling family life.
The University rules only said that "any person with the required qualifications" would be admitted to study, the term 'woman' was not specifically included.
Suman Ghosh's Kadambari talks about the life of a woman who couldn't claim her own identity owing to the era she was born in. Here's why it's a must watch!
In this country, only the accused have human rights. Probably women are not considered human enough to have any human rights.
Being a single parent is not the easiest job, it is one of the hardest thing a person can do. But here is what you can do to drive away the blues!
If you're tired of all those typical saas-bahu dramas, Mukherjee Dar Bou is the movie to watch. A welcome relief from the familiar drama, says the author.
Read this book to look differently at the ever-elusive "happiness", even if have never suffered with depression.
Chokher Bali portrays some strong female protagonists, who are sure to etch indelible marks in your memory once you finish the novel.
With Valentine's Week, it's love and romance all around us - making it even harder to bear the death of a relationship. Anyone who has loved and lost will relate to this!
In spite of humongous challenges, love prevailed and it was impossible for them to say goodbye to each other. Will their love story sustain social mockery?
The author speaks of the all pervading sexism in Indian government offices, that is often taken for granted as 'normal office culture', and which needs to be addressed.
Barbie dolls and frocks of bright hue, Reminds me of my yearning for you.
Paromitar Ek Din - is a classic Bengali movie that celebrates the special bond between women, which is very unlikely according to popular perception - writes Swagata Tarafdar.
The poet speaks of the ordinary dreams of an ordinary woman - a home with all its ordinary trappings, that are now lie unused.
Looking back on promises left unfulfilled...a painful moment that all of us have experienced some time or the other.
Marriage for an Indian woman is a huge life change - a change in her home address, family members living with her, and also her name, while for a man it is just a change in 'relationship status'.
No matter what life doles out, and how you are today, a smile is what you need to wear, along with anything else you may.
When a relationship is over, memories are all that remain. Memories that can be present in many tangible forms, sometimes there, sometimes faded.
I met this man on an online forum with similar tastes, so I accepted his friend request. Until I discovered myself in deep shit that I needed to extricate myself from.
A personal account about a mother-in-law's inability to cut the apron strings that tied her son to her, that created a rift between the author and her husband.
I was depressed after my divorce, but I needed to come out of it - I had a son to look after. This is my story of how I healed myself and found life again.
'You and me' - this poem explores what it means to be a pair - for without either one, this unit wouldn't exist.
From the neighbour's aunt, to well meaning strangers, I have received bizarre advice about how I should lead my life, now that I'm a divorcee and single mom.
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