Swagata Tarafdar

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.

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Book Review: I’ve Never Been (Un)happier

Read this book to look differently at the ever-elusive "happiness", even if have never suffered with depression.

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Book Review: Chokher Bali by Rabindranath Tagore

Chokher Bali portrays some strong female protagonists, who are sure to etch indelible marks in your memory once you finish the novel.

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Come February, I Can’t Help But Think Of The Love I Lost

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!

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Theirs Was A Difficult Love Story With Generation Differences… Yet, Love Always Wins!

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?  

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Speaking Up About The Sexism I Encountered At Work As A Woman Government Officer

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.

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To My Unborn Daughter

Barbie dolls and frocks of bright hue, Reminds me of my yearning for you. 

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Paromitar Ek Din Taught Me That Women Can Be Women’s Best Friends!

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. 

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All The Ingredients Of A Mediocre Dream

The poet speaks of the ordinary dreams of an ordinary woman - a home with all its ordinary trappings, that are now lie unused.

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The Broken Promises

Looking back on promises left unfulfilled...a painful moment that all of us have experienced some time or the other.

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“Why Won’t You Change Your Surname? Even Priyanka Gandhi Changed It To Vadra!”

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'.

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Wear Your Smile Today!

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.

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A Distant Love And Memories

When a relationship is over, memories are all that remain. Memories that can be present in many tangible forms, sometimes there, sometimes faded.

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When I Discovered The Hazards Of Online ‘Fraandship’ With Strangers Of The Opposite Sex

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.

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My Mother-in-Law Was The Other Woman In My Marriage

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.

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How I Helped Myself Heal From Depression Caused Due To My Divorce

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.

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You And Me

'You and me' - this poem explores what it means to be a pair - for without either one, this unit wouldn't exist. 

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As A Divorcee, I Am Considered Fair Game For Everything. What About MY Choice?

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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