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Urmi Chakravorty is a military spouse and former educator, who has imbibed lasting life lessons from both her roles. Her articles, stories and poetry have found space in The Hindu, The Times of India, Women's Web, TMYS Reviews, Mean Pepper Vine, The Chakkar, The Wise Owl, Kitaab International and other erudite platforms. Her writings have been included in more than thirty domestic and international literary anthologies and journals, in both the digital and paperback versions.
Winning the elite Orange Flower Award for her piece on the LGBTQIA community in 2022 marked a milestone in her writing career.
Humans of Bombay had done a story on Urmi and her love for travel, which was hugely appreciated on both Instagram and Facebook.
Freelance reviewing and editing-proofreading are other areas she dabbles in.
A self-confessed optimist, Urmi believes that writing provides the calm to her inner cacophony.
The Indian girl child stares at an uncertain and uphill journey right from birth, and faces discrimination, dismissal, and rejection at every step. What can we do better?
From virtual detox to outsourcing chores, a liberated celebration focuses on well-being and meaningful connections.
On one hand, we worship the essence of womanhood these nine days. And on the other, we consciously and deliberately turn a blind eye to the hopes and aspirations of a large chunk of women, as if they do not exist.
After the customary team-building and motivational points, he made the most important announcement – that of forming an LGBTQIA Club, and including their interests and requirements in the company policies.
My OBGYN was quite taken aback to see me in tears. She gave a small laugh and said, ‘But Madam, it was just an eight-week-old, ill-formed foetus - why are you being so sentimental?”
Period leaves are for resting, it should not be seen as a paid holiday availed to fulfil one’s personal agenda and outstanding errands.
“I’m so happy to know that you enjoy my company. I, too, value your friendship immensely…believe me, I do. But right now, I don’t think I’m ready for this.”
This new year, take a solo vacation. Unlike the much-touted weight loss or decluttering goals, this one is way more doable. And enjoyable.
Trigger Warning: This deals with domestic violence and dark themes and may be triggering to survivors. Any movie that boasts of a stellar cast comprising Alia Bhatt and Shefali Shah is bound to pique the discerning cine-goer’s interest and draw a more-than-average viewership. Hence, it was with a lot of expectations that I started watching […]
This pathbreaking collection of short stories, penned entirely by women, seeks to challenge patriarchy, smash stereotypes, forge new paths ahead, and leave behind a breadcrumb trail of gratification, joy, pathos, smiles, tears, triumph, and the entire gamut of human emotions.
Myra reached for her phone. “Leena, don’t you think you should stay in isolation for some more days? It’s barely been a week, and you’ve not even regained your strength. The house seems to be running fine, so what’s the rush?”
The congratulatory messages kept pouring in as did the constant comparison between Disha, the accomplished all-rounder, and Sneha, the plain Jane elder sister who was, well, somehow trying to complete her basic studies!
Gradually, this became a pattern. No matter how assiduously Minati tried to evade her father-in-law, he would find ways and means of crossing her path. And touching her inappropriately.
“Would you like to change into something more comfortable, Teeya?” he asked. Teeya liked Rajat’s smile – it appeared honest. And gentlemanly. Of course, it was too early to really know.
“So, what do you suggest I tell Ma? That she give up all hopes of having grandchildren? That you had failed to take care of yourself and insisted on going to work daily, and now we all have to bear the consequences?”
One evening Tarun called up. His family had decided to enrol him for 'Gay Conversion Therapy' at some shady clinic in the suburbs. The news choked me and I was left groping for words.
But for Inaya, this was just the beginning and the long road ahead did not lead anywhere even remotely close to marriage and domestic bliss.
Each new year, I see people make new year resolutions and I try to make some too. But which ones to make, the dilemma continues...
Every discussion with Amol seemed to resonate with Sunaina while the most basic conversation she had with Dwarkesh left her feeling inept and unworthy.
Taking charge, gaining control over daily activities and rediscovering my true self. The perks of retired life!
Sitting in the quiet, uneventful and rather conservative town of Gorakhpur 28 years ago, receiving goodies on a platter was nothing less than a mic-drop moment for me!
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