Unmana is interested in gender, literature and relationships, and writes about everything she's interested in. She lives in, and loves, Bombay.

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romance novels
7 Things I Wish Girls And Women Wouldn’t Learn from Romance Novels

Romance novels are fun, escapist reads for most of us. Yet doesn’t the genre need to get with the times? Is feminist romance an oxymoron?

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#JLFDiaries: The Power Of Women’s Voices – Listening To Women At The Jaipur Lit Fest

Listening to women at the Jaipur Lit Fest, I got something I wasn't expecting: solidarity and sisterhood.

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#JLFDiaries: Inviting A Noted Mansplainer To A Panel On Mansplaining Is A Troll Move

Why was Suhel Seth on a panel about misogyny and mansplaining at the recent Jaipur Literature Festival? What did the panel discuss? If you couldn’t make it, we have the details.

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Why Do We Blame Everyone Except The Patriarchy?

With the recent Bengaluru molestation incident, one thing is clear: We're willing to blame anything except the patriarchal system we live in.

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Using social media to get a job
Using Social Media To Get A Job: How I Did It And You Can, Too

Does using Social Media to get a job sound impossible? On the contrary, it's a great job search tool, used the right way.

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business presentation tips for a shy person
7 Business Presentation Tips For A Shy Person

How can someone who is nervous about speaking, develop presentation skills? Business presentation tips for a shy person.

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What Do Women Want Daniel Bergner Book Review
What Do Women Want?

Daniel Bergner’s What Do Women Want? is at once an exploration of female desire and a powerful commentary on how society minimizes and distorts it.

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Girls I Have Known

Girls I Have Known - Supporting girls' education in India is vital.

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The House with a Thousand Stories
The House With A Thousand Stories

Aruni Kashyap’s The House With A Thousand Stories tells a moving story of a family living with the constant threat of violence in Assam.

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6 Marketing Challenges Of Small Businesses
6 Marketing Challenges Of Small Businesses

What are the most common marketing challenges that entrepreneurs in India face today? Overcome these 6 challenges for your small business!

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Use Your Business Blog For Online Marketing
6 Tips For Successful Business Blogging

What does a successful business blog entail? How can entrepreneurs use it for online marketing? Read on to find out.

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Nivedita Menon’s Seeing Like A Feminist
Seeing Like A Feminist

Nivedita Menon’s Seeing Like A Feminist is a must read - whether or not you are a feminist or a woman.

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unconventional career options
The Joys And Risks Of An Unconventional Career

Many Indian women are exploring unconventional career options; but is it always a good thing to do?

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Book review: Sonia Golani’s My Life, My Rules
My Life, My Rules

Sonia Golani’s My Life, My Rules promises to be an inspiring book; but sadly, it does not keep its word.

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Working from home
Working From Home: Are Indian Employers Missing An Opportunity?

If implemented properly, working from home can be a boon to both employers and working women in India.

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Book review: Of Mothers And Others
Of Mothers And Others

Of Mothers and Others is a beautiful collection of short writing about motherhood, which will make you laugh and cry - sometimes at the same time.

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A Survivor’s Guide To Starting A Business With Your Spouse

Starting a home-based business with your spouse? A primer on what to expect and how to handle the challenges.

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The Fabulous Feminist: A Suniti Namjoshi Reader
The Fabulous Feminist

The Fabulous Feminist: A Suniti Namjoshi Reader introduces us to this wonderful writer’s works and is a must-read for any Indian feminist.

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Problems of Working Women
The Double Burden: Whose Problem Is It?

Problems of Working Women start from more unpaid work and less “right” to paid work: Indian working women are caught between a rock and a hard place.

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End rape culture
Let’s End Rape Culture

Rape culture is what lets rapists think they can get away with rape. How do we end this rape culture?

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Book review of Anita Nair's Cut Like Wound
Cut Like Wound

The search for a good Indian crime fiction series remains unsatisfied; Anita Nair’s Cut Like Wound is a messy mash of characters and styles.

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Starting a business
8 Things To Do Before Starting A Business

With women entrepreneurs in India gaining momentum, here are some helpful tips for our readers on what to do before starting a business.

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Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes by Betsy Woodman
Jana Bibi’s Excellent Fortunes

Jana Bibi’s Excellent Fortunes by Betsy Woodman is an excellent read, due to likeable characters, lots of happenings, and a delightfully light touch.

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Kumud Srinivasan, President Intel India
Women Leaders At Work: Time To Celebrate?

The percentage of women in leadership positions continues to be abysmal. The change is far too slow to warrant celebrations.

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Book review of J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy
The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first book after the Harry Potter series, and her first book for adults. It isn’t worth the wait!

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Women at work
7 Sins Women Should Commit At Work

Why is career growth for working women in India still so difficult? Here are 7 sins women at work need to commit for career growth.

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Women and housework
Women, Housework And Supportive Spouses

With women and housework perpetually linked together, is it really surprising that women's careers often take a backseat to their husbands’?

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Book review of Plan India's non-fiction anthology Because I'm A Girl
Because I Am A Girl

Plan India’s Because I Am A Girl is a non-fiction anthology which hopes to tell the varied stories of women in India.

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Good Job Interview Tips
7 Job Interview Tips Learnt From Dealing With In-Laws

Dealing with in-laws can help working women in India discover some good job interview tips. Surprised? Read on to find out how!

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Margaret Heffernan’s Willful Blindness
Willful Blindness

Margaret Heffernan’s Willful Blindness makes grand promises of providing insights into human and social psychology - sadly it fails to deliver.

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Book review of Close, Too Close The Tranquebar Book Of Queer Erotica.
Close, Too Close

Close, Too Close is an intriguing anthology of queer erotica which explores sexuality and gender beyond traditional possibilities.

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How To Create Your Dream Job

Even if you have a good job, you can always make it better – and improve your career prospects in the process.

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Getting the best job you can
Getting The Best Job You Can

Career tips on getting the best job you can; Job search tips that help you take ownership.

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Beautiful Country

Beautiful Country by Syeda Hameed and Gunjan Veda tells us ‘stories from another India’ although it could have used some ruthless editing.

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Felanee by Arupa Patangia Kalita, makes for some difficult reading – but contains a moving story at its heart.

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Early Indian Women Writers: Sultana’s Dream & Padmarag

The Early Indian Women Writers series reviews Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain's Sultana's Dream, an early feminist novella.

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Behind The Beautiful Forevers

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo, offers an incisive look into the underbelly of Mumbai through Behind The Beautiful Forevers.

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Jahnavi Barua’s Rebirth is a haunting story of one woman’s relationship with her unborn child, through the journey of her pregnancy.

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The Reluctant Detective

A murder mystery starring a bored housewife, Kiran Manral’s The Reluctant Detective, works well as a light read with self-deprecating humour.

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Suits: A Woman On Wall Street

Nina Godiwalla’s Suits tells the story of an ambitious young woman, beginning a challenging corporate career – with several odds stacked against her.

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Aftertaste, By Namita Devidayal

A complex story of three generations of a joint family, Namita Devidayal’s Aftertaste shines brighter in its minor characters.

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The Cousins, By Prema Raghunath

The Cousins by Prema Raghunath tests your patience with its language, although the fascinating story at its core tries to overcome this shortfall.

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