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Tahira Kashyap Khurrana's The 12 Commandments of Being a Woman, is about being a modern woman with a cheeky sense of humour. An excerpt.
Bina Shah's SFF book Before She Sleeps is a feminist dystopia that draws you in before you realise it. Here's an excerpt.
"The thing is, cooking is not my forte. Never has been." Check out Those Delicious Letters, a novel about food, family and love, by the bestselling author of Bong Mom's Cookbook.
Nikah Halala: Sleeping with a Stranger the first ever book on the practice presents a reality of mock marriages against the background of Quranic injunction
The Kargil Girl by Gunjan Saxena is a memoir by India's first woman Indian Airforce pilot, about her dream and the struggle to achieve that dream in a then all male profession.
Think. Where does sex figure in a new mom's schedule or even life? Is it even a thing? Pooja Pande banishes all such doubts in this excerpt from her new book Momspeak.
My mother says, ‘School bus fees made an additional dent in the family budget, but we didn’t want to take any chances with the girls’ safety.’
With the aim to be the destination for trendy, body-positive clothing that makes one feel one’s best, IS.U is introducing this inclusive line.
An interesting excerpt from Shanta Gokhale's empowering memoir One Foot On The Ground: A Life Told Through the Body, that won the Crossword Book Award in the English Non-fiction (Jury) category at their 2019 edition.
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Every growing business needs to think really hard when it comes to data. Don’t just collect information – let’s figure out how to use it better A lot of us collect data today – whether from our social media, Google Analytics, by doing surveys with our users or other means. How can ensure that we […]
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Men have to partner in parenting as well if they want happy marriages with happy, fulfilled women. This cannot happen overnight - it needs concerted efforts by governments, by societies, by companies/ organizations and by families.
I was furious, mostly with my grandfather, who made sure that my mother married the man who “seduced” her. Indian custom wouldn’t have it any other way. Consent was not a factor.
Join this Blogaton #NoRegrets and tell us about the time when you decided to take control of your life, guilt free.
Sleep is crucial for our overall health, and our sense of wellbeing. In his book Designing Destiny, author Kamlesh Patel, better known as Daaji, tells us about it.
You want to create a well designed, modern office space that is efficient and pleasant. What better than these 5 tips for a modern small office?
Srividya Natarajan's book The Undoing Dance takes the reader into the world of devadasis, once celebrated as artistes, but now just considered prostitutes. An excerpt.
Indian women are uniquely beautiful from the inside out. Join us in celebrating every woman's unique true beauty in the Women's Web & Naturals True Beauty Blogger Contest!
Read the prompt, put on your writer’s hat, and tell us a story that passes the Bechdel Test, for the Muse of the Month, December 2018.
Piyusha Vir tries to write every day, no matter what. "It doesn't have to be fiction," she says, "As long as I let the words flow with some coherence, I am happy."
Antara Pandit feels that her parenting values as well as my writing is driven by the changes that can be made from the time children are young, and can be raised with the much needed value of respect of girls.
Sudeepta Mohapatra Sarangi believes in speaking up for what she believes in. Her feminist husband chose her, she says, because she had made clear that unlike the norm, she wouldn't tolerate her parents being treated any lesser than her husband’s parents.
Exactly 10 years ago today, on 26th November 2008, terrorists who had sneaked into the country unleash terror on Mumbai. Since then, what has happened to the survivors, and how have they rebuilt their lives?
Andaleeb Wajid's new horror fiction House of Screams promises to be a chilling, blood curdling, story set bang in the centre of Bangalore.
Read the prompt, put on your writer’s hat, and tell us a story that passes the Bechdel Test, for the Muse of the Month, November 2018. In 2017, we had a very successful Muse of the Month series that culminated in an ebook that you can buy here (titled When Women Speak Up!) with the top […]
Meet Krithika – A woman of Accenture. She believes that Accenture is aware of the value every individual brings to work; their unique needs, and allows flexibility. This enables its people to bring their best & whole self to work. As we move up the ladder there are more and more responsibilities that get added […]
Read the prompt, put on your writer’s hat, and tell us a story that passes the Bechdel Test, for the Muse of the Month, October 2018.
Richa Kashyap Bhaskar being an army wife, wishes to write about the challenges they face in pursuing a full-time career and how technology can help them overcome these challenges.
Radha Sawana believes that all problems reside within us, and their solutions too. Her writing is mostly about her day-to-day experience, that's exactly what connects well with the readers.
Natasha Borah Khan's belief in power of words and writing helps her connect better with her readers through her articles. She wishes to write more about her experiences, relationships and people.
In this brilliant collection of stories for young adults, award-winning writer Paro Anand refuses to mollycoddle them, and exposes the secrets and sorrows and courage that are part of today’s life.
Read the prompt, put on your writer’s hat, and tell us a story that passes the Bechdel Test, for the Muse of the Month, September 2018.
Sugandhi Alias Andal Devanayaki is the story of Peter who, under the cover of shooting a movie, gets into the heart of the LTTE in Sri Lanka to search for his lady love Sugandhi.
Read the prompt, put on your writer’s hat, and tell us a story that passes the Bechdel Test, for the Muse of the Month, August 2018.
Nandita Sharma feels that women should not need to "take permission" for their choices, and is angered by the fact that daughters are brought up to be dependent in our society.
Khimpi Dutta writes nuanced articles on issues that bother her about how women are treated or expected to behave. Her personal experiences give her fodder for her writing.
Opinionated Mua, true to her name, selects topics that she feels strongly about to write on. Sexism, and the mindset that normalises it and does not feel it's a problem, bothers her and drives her to write on it.
Not everyone understands that retaining moms at work is not only the right thing to do, but it's great for business. How do you convince employees to be more inclusive of everybody?
Read the prompt, put on your writer's hat, and tell us a story that passes the Bechdel Test, for the Muse of the Month, July 2018.
Pradhi's stories strike a chord with readers because they are instantly recognisable - situations that many of us thought about, whether it is dating a divorcee or considering life in a joint family.
A poet, editor and translator, Pooja Priyamvada writes with precision, both on the world around us, and the inner life of a woman grappling with that world. Her words, dripping with defiance, encourage readers to speak up for a better world.
Mira Saraf writes with candour and insight on her experiences, whether it is with setting up home as a single woman or dating toxic men. She believes in the power of writing to start a conversation around important issues.
A book that makes a case for natural childbirth, with plenty of tips for moms-to-be, here's an excerpt from Dr Mahima Bakshi's new book, Birthing Naturally.
Read the prompt, put on your writer's hat, and tell us a story that passes the Bechdel Test, for the Muse of the Month, June 2018.
An insightful writer, Shakhi loves to delve into the unsaid - into the "things we feel but don't speak of." Indeed, her writing on Women's Web brings to the fore many such issues.
Avid hiker, and a perceptive watcher of the transitional society that India is, Nikhila Chandrashekhar writes on Women's Web about the many subtle ways in which women still face bias.
Small steps are the first steps towards big changes! Here’s your chance to share your ‘small steps’ story with the Kadam Chhota, Change Bada contest.
Yashodhara Lal's techie husband decided one fine day to become a farmer. Which is how she became a farmer's wife. An excerpt from her best selling memoir, reviewed here.
Khushnuma Daruwala writes a hilarious account of dating in India, specifically online dating, in her book 50 Cups Of Coffee: The Woes and Throes of Finding Mr Right. An excerpt.
Read the prompt, put on your writer's hat, and tell us a story that passes the Bechdel Test, for the Muse of the Month, May 2018.
Richa Mukherjee uses humour to write about serious issues to get through to her reader better, "as it lowers their defences," she feels.
Sonnal Pardiwala often writes about how the diktats of society find resonance inside homes and make women's lives harder. That's probably why readers relate to her.
Read the prompt, put on your writer's hat, and tell us a story that passes the Bechdel Test, for the Muse of the Month, April 2018.
The places that most hesitate to venture into, Deboshree is unafraid of. That intrepid probing of the personal and political, makes her writing thought-provoking.
Whether it is mom shaming, dealing with a child's illness or patriarchal behaviour in families, Saumya Srivastava has a special way of relating the personal.
Shruti Giri writes as a way to express her emotions and keep herself sane. Her writing stems from her own experiences and is highly relatable to other readers.
Read the prompt, put on your writer's hat, and tell us a story that passes the Bechdel Test, for the Muse of the Month, March 2018.
Rwituja Gomes Mookherjee's writing explores the various identities of a woman while she draws experience from her own life as well those of other women.
Kalpana Manivannan believes that gender inequality is the main reason for misogyny. Her writing explores these facets as a parent, and as a woman in India.
A champion for 'diverse voices' and someone who loves writing stories where 'women win', Vijayalakshmi Harish can't envision a Universe where she isn't writing!
As the Valentine's Day machine rolls around in February, we bring you a 'different' blogathon: Letters To My Ex
Let's celebrate women's right to loiter, to look, to work, to just be outdoors. Join Women's Web on this photography contest, Beyond The Doors 2018.
Read the prompt, put on your writer's hat, and tell us a story that passes the Bechdel Test, for the Muse of the Month, February 2018.
The changing lifestyle and unhealthy habits of today’s times have led to the increase in various kinds of diseases, especially in the digestive system.
Describing herself as a late rebel, Nayantara Mallya is inspired to write precisely because of the status quo and our unthinking acceptance of it!
A lover of poetry and a poet herself, Veena Shankar Kunnath wields her words as a weapon to prise open the unsaid things and reveal the hurts within.
An writer with a penchant for writing fiction that is rooted in reality but soars into the imagination, Vartika Sharma Lekhak brings her passion for equality to the digital space.
Read the prompt, put on your writer's hat, and tell us a story that passes the Bechdel Test, for the Muse of the Month, January 2018.
Deboshree delights in telling stories that subvert the norms and make one think afresh. She beautifully blends the personal with a larger canvas.
Anupama Jain is often at her best when commenting on the world around her and current events, in a way that makes sense to every reader.
Kirthi Jayakumar is one of the most versatile writers we know - besides donning other hats as entrepreneur and activist. Her work on feminizing spaces truly resonates with readers.
Success is often not the result of that One Big Idea. Here's what these 3 successful entrepreneurs and game-changers have to tell us.
Self-care? What’s that? Working women, expected to take care of all household work as well, end up putting themselves last.
More than 200 women nominated themselves, or a woman entrepreneur who inspires them and others, for the PayU Inspiring Women Entrepreneur Awards!
On 9th of December 2017, creative souls from India descended in Mumbai to celebrate women's voices through the Orange Flower Awards 2017 presented by Women's Web.
A woman may get a paycheque for the job she has outside the home, but what’s the price of the job she has at home? Let’s talk! #Streelink
As a gynaecologist, Aruna Menon often comes across many women's personal stories, and articulates her thoughts and feelings into words that touch a reader.
From studying law and enjoying the 'stories' behind the cases, Rashmi Raj now writes her own stories as a mother and as a feminist.
My Daughters' Mum by Natasha Badhwar plunges deep into essential subjects, from parenting and marriage, to faith and self-hood.
The Hadiya case raises questions of why we don't believe adult women are capable of making their own decisions. Will the SC come to her rescue?
Dum Laga Ke Haisha. The woman who stands up to fat shaming. Use our cue from it to write your story for Muse of the Month November 2017.
Using both beautiful poetry and vivid prose, Seema Taneja is a versatile writer who writes on long-held societal prejudices as well as contemporary events.
Vaishali Gandhi delves into her own experiences as a single mom to share meaningful ideas that resonate with other women.
A powerful woman climbing the ladder has something to hide, and much to fear in a world dominated by men...how will this play out? Read an interesting excerpt from Rimjhim Ray's debut novel, 7 Women, 7 Secrets.
Tanvi Sinha began writing as a form of therapy but her writing now inspires thousands of readers. Read more about this writer who is an unabashed feminist.
Sushumna Kannan believes that we in India need to evolve our own brand of feminism (and modernity) in keeping with our past as well as the present challenges we face.
No One Killed Jessica. One woman's fight for justice against all odds. Use our cue from it to write your story for Muse of the Month October 2017.
Swetha Vishwanathan writes beautifully, exploring the conflicts that socially approved gender roles create for men and women.
A fascinating tale of two brothers who come face to face in the quest for their rights: an excerpt from Nandini Sengupta's new novel, The King Within.
Srijata Saikia examines the prism of women’s lives through their interpersonal relationships and the result is some pretty evocative writing. Every month, we choose 3 exceptional contributors to feature as Author of the month. Srijata Saikia is among the 3 authors of the month in September 2017. You can see her writing on Women’s Web here. […]
Neerja. A real life story of extraordinary bravery. Use our cue from it to write your story for Muse of the Month September 2017.
Unhesitant to display vulnerability, yet unafraid in her choice of subjects, Bijaya Biswal is one of our three featured authors this August 2017. She tells us what makes her tick!
An interesting excerpt from Devi Yesodharan’s Empire, a novel about a Greek girl in India, Aremis, the bodyguard of the Chola emperor Rajendra.
Maitabi Banerjee has immense confidence in herself, and it shows in her assured writing. Meet one of the 3 Featured Authors on Women's Web, this August 2017.
Sofia L, our Featured Author of the Month in August 2017 describes herself as someone who is happiest reading or writing. More about this talented writer.
Women’s Web & Juggernaut Books invite you to join us on an exciting blogathon, inspired by the warrior women of history. Warriors in every way! In Devi Yesodharan’s Empire, a young Greek girl in India, Aremis grows up to be a fearsome warrior guarding the Chola emperor. Whether literally like Aremis, or in so many […]
I Quit! Now What? by Zarreen Khan is a humorous story of a woman who takes a sabbatical not for maternity, not for higher studies, but just like that. Here is an intriguing extract from the book.
KS Narendran lost his wife in the MH370 disaster. Here is an extract from Life After MH370: Journeying Through a Void, a riveting personal account of how it affected him and his family.
Angry Indian Goddesses. An unusual female 'buddy' film made in Bollywood. Use our cue from it to write your story for Muse of the Month August 2017.
Sonal Kothari began writing poetry and went on to writing powerful commentaries on current issues as well as her thoughts on the daily small and big pinpricks women in our society face.
Nandhitha Hariharan is a writer who comes across with searing honesty. Her feminist writing is deeply rooted in her lived experiences.
Priya Tripathi is not afraid to call it like she sees it - whether that is questioning redundant religious traditions and rituals, or inequality in women's personal relationships with others.
The instances of affluent people ill-treating their domestic help are not new, but is this a new low? #JusticeForZohra
Margarita With A Straw. The sexuality of the differently-abled that we tend to disregard. Use our cue from it to write your story for Muse of the Month July 2017.
From writing fiction to covering the latest in pop culture, Kasturi Patra is one effortless writer (or well, she makes it look like that certainly!)
Ritwika Roy Mutsuddi is an avid blogger who finds that writing is really her way of expressing herself. She shares here her thoughts on writing and especially, writing on women's issues.
Becoming a mother inspired Akshata Ram to start writing, and there is no stopping her. Meet this author blessed enough to have never faced Writer's Block!
Read a gripping extract from Meena Kandasamy's new novel, When I Hit You. It will make you pause, and wonder at how insidious domestic violence can be.
No one wants to talk about the violence present inside our homes! Join this blogathon, A Letter To Her, and let's begin talking about the elephant in the room.
Dirty Picture. A hard look at the sexual underbelly of the movie industry. Use our cue from it to write your story for Muse of the Month June 2017.
Swapnil Pandey began writing to document the ‘adventure’ that she says everyday army life is, and soon found herself enjoying it enough to turn a ‘certified author’ with a published book. She shares her story here. With over 1600 women (and men) sharing candid stories, views and experiences here, our editors are picking some of the best […]
A travel entrepreneur who loves to write as well, Malini Gowrishankar finds inspiration everywhere for her writing. With over 1600 women (and men) sharing candid stories, views and experiences here, our editors are picking some of the best contributors each month, as Featured Author of the month. Here we talk to Malini Gowrishankar, one of our […]
From writing notes to be read by family members, Rachana Gupta is today a confident writer ready with her first book on relationships and happiness. A Featured Women's Web author in 2017, she tells us her story.
Frozen. The tale of two sisters that spoke of what really matters. Use our cue from it to write your story for Muse of the Month May 2017.
Do you put off creative writing because you don't have quiet? Ell P on why she is seizing every moment to write, rather than wait for elusive inspiration.
Tina Sequeira believes that each of us is a story-teller and has something to say; but - you do need to be a brave heart to put your story out there.
Take this short quiz, and let's see how much you know about these iconic women writers.
From her first poem as a class 3 student, Paromita Bardoloi has come a long way. A Featured Author at Women's Web for April 2017, she shares more about herself here.
Kahaani. The woman centric thriller about a smart woman outwitting others. Use our cue from it to write your story for Muse of the Month April 2017.
English Vinglish. The middle aged housewife struggling to find herself. Use our cue from it to write your story for Muse of the Month March 2017.
Women will not be confined! Whether for work or fun, we will own the streets. This photo contest for International Women's Day is all about the outdoors.
Piku. The unusual father-daughter relationship that tugged at our heart. Use our cue from it to write your story for Muse of the Month February 2017.
Queen. The movie which catapulted mainstream feminism into the limelight. Use our cue from it to write your story for Muse of the Month January 2017.
We end the 2016 Muse of the Month series with inspiration from Namita Gokhale, an iconic Indian writer. The 5 best entries get published on Women's Web.
Indian women (and men) are redefining the ways in which they find the right partner, and enabling them - is Woo! Join us on on the Finding Mr. Right as we decode what the search involves today.
For the month of November 2016, here's inspiration from Manju Kapur for our Muse of the Month contest. The 5 best entries get published here!
‘Period’ is no longer a dirty word. Share an empowering, funny or emotional #PeriodPride story that gets you all choked up!
For the October 2016 Muse of the Month, we take inspiration from Anuja Chauhan. The 5 best entries will be published.
In this month's Muse of the Month, we take inspiration from Nilanjana Roy, the award winning author of The Wildings. The 5 best entries will be published.
Each month this year, we host a writing theme - the Muse Of The Month, with a ‘writing cue’ from a contemporary female author of Indian origin. The 5 best entries get published here!
Each month this year, we host a writing theme – the Muse Of The Month, with a ‘writing cue’ from a contemporary female author of Indian origin. The 5 best e
Participate in this writing contest supported by KAARYAH. Share what 'Beautiful In Every Size' means to you, and win prizes.
Participate in this contest run by Goodwyn Tea. Write your story based upon the cue given below, and win prizes.
Each month this year, we will host a writing theme for the Muse Of The Month, with a ‘writing cue’ from a contemporary female author of Indian origin. The 5 best entries get published here! What you need to do for March 2016 Step 1. Read the writing cue (which is either a direct quote from […]
Each of us knows a woman, perhaps ourselves, who has faced the odds to make it in life. Celebrate the women who defied the odds!
A woman cannot get over a failed relationship and believes she was cheated. What advice would you offer?
Each month this year, we will host a writing theme for the Muse Of The Month, with a ‘writing cue’ from a contemporary female author of Indian origin. The 5 best entries get published here!
We’ve all had situations where something didn’t quite fit right. Now is your time to tell that story, for the Buttercups blogger contest!
The Muse of the Month writing theme is back in 2016. Each month this year, we shall be hosting a writing theme, with a ‘writing cue’ from an iconic female author of Indian origin. The 5 best entries get published here!
Here is the much awaited detailed review of 'Angry Indian Goddesses.' A film that has its intent and heart, both at the right place- writes our reviewer Saumya Baijal.
Designing a shoe has its own history and legacy; the beautiful shoes designed by Devika Bharadwaj brings in both in her collection.
Women’s Web in association with JustBooks announces Book Talk, a monthly writing theme to get readers to write about the books that inspire them.
An unusual dialogue between a mother, a daughter and the books that have made the latter’s world.
Would fewer men harass women sexually, if the subject were openly discussed in families? #ShareYourStory and break the silence at home!
Each month, we feature a theme centred on books and reading. For November, we have a writing cue for you, drawn from the work of poet and writer, Kamala Das.
Women's Web in association with JustBooks announces Book Talk, a monthly writing theme to get readers to write about the books that inspire them.
The #BachpanWithFlinto blogger contest is a great chance to indulge in some childhood nostalgia; plus, every single entry wins a Flinto box. How cool is that?
Have a funny or interesting story to share about being a parent today? Participate in the #AajKalKeBacche blogger contest
While every mother who wrote in shared something special, these entries for the #MomsForABetterWorld blogger contest shone extra bright!
Our #MomsForABetterWorld Bloggers contest invites you to blog about the one message you would like to give your child to make this world a better place and win some awesome prizes!
The #AskingForIt initiative is about not just standing by when street harassment of girls happens: Take a stand and inspire more people to stand up!
As mothers, we want a better future, and have a role in creating it too. Join the Women's Web #Momsforabetterworld video campaign!
A full-time employee in the Fragrance industry and a mom of two boys, Riti Kaunteya still has made time to write and is now a published author. She tells us how.
Bhavna Toor, the Founder of Shenomics, a success and leadership coaching platform for women, on helping women find the growth they seek at work. Before starting Shenomics to work with women, Bhavna has been mentoring entrepreneurs for the last 4 years, most recently as an entrepreneur-in-residence at the GSF Global Accelerator and previously as the CEO […]
Prachi Garg is the Founder of Ghoomphiro, a travel planning service that specializes in organizing corporate tours.
Each person is unique and has her (or his) own signature sense of style. For this blogger contest, share your ‘style’ story, and win some lovely prizes too!
The Beyond The Doors Photo Contest Wanted is all about capturing the life of women working, playing or just being - beyond the doors.
Shashi Deshpande, who writes with great insight and nuance on the changing lives of Indian women and their families, is our muse of the month. Get inspired!
English novelist Jane Austen, who explored romance and society in her timeless works, centuries ago, continues to command millions of fans even today.
Life as a digital parent means embracing technology for its positives – yet keeping your child safe as she/he enjoys its benefits. Share your digi-parenting story.
English writer and humourist Susan Lillian "Sue" Townsend gifted the world a delicious form of wit and a unique perspective that continues to make readers laugh fondly, even today.
Teens and tweens can face dangers online such as cyber-bullying, online predators and phishing. Here are 8 tips to keep teens safe in a connected world
English poet and novelist Charlotte Bronte questioned the customs of her time with her passionate writing. Her work, regarded now as classics, continues to inspire.
Corporate lawyer Debjani Aich discusses her work dealing with employment law, and shares the excitement of being in a field that never lacks for work!
In the increasingly wired world we all live in, children's interaction with digital technology can become a concern for parents. Here is a start to managing it.
Deepti Kapoor's A Bad Character is a poetically spun tale of a woman's coming of age, and her awakening to desire.
American poet and novelist Sylvia Plath, acclaimed for her deeply personal poetry and novel continues to inspire a new generation of writers.
Start a conversation about the freedoms you are proud of, and the ones that are yet to be obtained. Join the #FreedomIs campaign!
One of the finest Indian writers in English, Anita Desai's novels blend insight with craft. Get started with the writing cue based on her work!
Payal Gandhi Hoon, the Founder of Tamarai, an emotional wellness training company in Delhi NCR talks about sustaining life as an entrepreneur.
For the June writing theme, we have inspiration from writer Maya Angelou, who was a shining light to so many. The 5 best entries get published here.
Ami Gandhi is the entrepreneur behind Fabrigamie, a venture that creates photobooks and photowalls that can be used to save and savour your precious memories.
In May's writing theme, we feature the iconic, ever inspiring writer Virginia Woolf as our muse of the month. The 5 best entries get published here.
India In Love by Ira Trivedi is a highly readable exploration of love, marriage and sexuality – and how they are changing - in modern India.
Is passion enough to fuel your entrepreneurial dreams? Falak Randerian shares her insights on how a passion for reading helped create My Little Chatterbox.
When Nithya David launched Upstream, a firm that provides talent for advertising agencies, she realised her dream of being the 'head of a company'
In April, our muse of the month is the poet-writer Kamala Das (later known as Kamala Surayya). Get started with the writing cue: The 5 best entries get published here.
Mirror City is Chitrita Banerji’s story of an inter-religious marriage and its aftermath, set in that ‘other’ Bengali city, Dhaka.
Why is it so difficult for us Indians to accept that having a baby is not the ultimate goal for every woman out there?
The history of women in aviation is an exciting one. This infographic we came across captures some of those exciting "first" moments in women's history.
Day in the Life of an Entrepreneur: Rashi Goel, founder of The Bright Side, a brand that designs and manufactures cool car signs, shares her day.
Sometimes, all it takes to get what you want is to know what you truly want. But, why do we doubt ourselves and our wants so much?
Why are we so scared of wanting something? A story about learning to want, and listening to what the heart wants.
To want is to have a weakness, but what happens when you stop wanting? A 'once upon a time' story that looks at what it is to want, and to not want.
March's writing theme is inspired by Canadian writer Margaret Atwood, one of the most original writers of our time. The 5 best entries get published!
Was Seeta a dutiful wife who accepted the Agnipariksha as her husband's rightful test? In this alternative Ramayana, Seeta begins to question everything she thought was true.
When you travel without staying at a hotel, you end up meeting many different people, and coming back with some amazing experiences.
Can a decent command over writing, a laptop and emailing your network set you on the path to becoming a freelance writer? Inderpreet Kaur shares her journey.
Dr. Vandana Shiva - the life of an inspiring woman - eco feminist and activist
Sometimes, the things we lose, such as confidence in ourselves, are hiding in plain sight, waiting to be retrieved by us.
Not knowing enough can be a form of losing. Can knowledge be a way of getting at least a little back?
Sometimes, we can find the things we need, even when we don't see them. A story about losing and finding the things that matter.
Wild Girls, Wicked Words, a collection of poems (in English translation) of four contemporary Tamil women poets will make you think.
Can a friendship that has been lost find its way back, or do the things we lose sometimes stay lost forever?
Bhavika Shah, founder of Beyondesign, a corporate communication and branding company, talks about the challenges she faced in a field where discipline was lacking and minimalistic design not appreciated.
Blessed with a level head and lightening feet, India’s ‘Golden Girl’ P.T.Usha continues to be an inspiration for every women athlete.
This month's writing theme is inspired by the super-popular J.K.Rowling. Get started with the writing cue: The 5 best entries get published here.
Funny and poignant in turns, Benjamin Law’s Gaysia gives us a very insightful look into the lives of LGBT people across Asia.
Like the latest ad campaign of Baggit, founder Nina Lekhi who began her entrepreneurial journey at 18 is ‘Not just Pretty. Pretty Tough.’
Rati Rajkumar, Chief Product Officer and co-founder of BankBazaar, finds working and raising two kids rewarding. Rati talks about striking a balance between work and life.
Here are 12 travel destinations, one for every month of the year, timed to witness an event or a highlight. Tour the world one place at a time!
The tides were turned thanks to the first women in space, but there are still major obstacles for women in the field of scientific exploration. What does the future look like?
Our final story for January's writing theme, 'The Last Goodbye' by Prasanna Rao, is both heartrending and uplifting.
How can parents spot learning difficulties in children early on and what can they do about it? Simple tips and activities to prevent those difficulties from becoming real ones.
Deepthi Krishnamurthy’s wonderfully evocative entry for January’s writing theme could be any woman’s story.
A touching story by Rajlakshmi Pillai for January's writing theme, based on the cue “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”
Shruthi Rao has a delightful surprise for January's writing theme inspired by the cue "We tell ourselves stories in order to live."
Delhi Mostly Harmless by Elizabeth Chatterjee is an observant, humorous, barely-Indian, PhD woman student’s encounter with that melting pot of contradictions – Delhi.
Our first story for January's writing theme, based on the cue “We tell ourselves stories in order to live” is by Deboshree Bhattacharjee.
Cyberbullying is a serious concern, with teens and tweens spending time online and on social media. Tips for Indian parents on how to protect kids from cyberbullying.
Artist-entrepreneur Priya Krishnan Das of Purple Soul says she finds it joyful, liberating, and almost stress-free to pursue art for a livelihood.
Need help with money management? Here are 5 tips that will make it easy for you to manage your investment portfolio.
Each month, we give you a line from a book by an iconic female writer. Write your own story based on the cue. Get published and win goodies!
In this edition of the Q&A for working women in India, life coach Jaya Narayan answers a question on how to become a writer. How can someone with a flair for writing find opportunities?
The Asian Paints Beautiful Home Blogger Contest is all about creating the home of your dreams. Write about it, and win some lovely prizes!
Swati Roy, co-founder of Eureka!, an independent children’s bookstore in Delhi, talks about the highs and lows in her workday, and what makes it all worth it.
Great inner strength and grace, complemented by compassion: meet Mallika Sarabhai, noted danseuse, one of the most creative minds of our times and a firebrand feminist.
Indira Jaising, the first woman to be appointed as the Additional Solicitor General of India in 2009 inspires us with her commitment to human rights.
In this edition of the Q&A for working women in India, life coach Jaya Narayan answers a question on how to socialise at work when there are very few women in the team
A quick primer on how to deal with body image issues in this bad, bad world of ours.
Rakhee Ghelani wears many hats - co-founder of Potluck Me, CEO of a home textile business, consultant and writer. What is her work week like?
Thinking of ways to overcome the problems that today’s lifestyle triggers? The health benefits of swimming make it a great option for Indian women.
Reporting to two managers can be tricky. In this edition of the Q&A for working women in India, life coach Jaya Narayan talks about handling dotted line reporting in a matrix organisation structure.
You don’t need wads of money or long leaves for that perfect holiday. 9 dream destinations for short weekend trips from your city
In The Hundred Names of Darkness, sequel to 'The Wildings’, Nilanjana Roy takes us back to the fascinating world of cats in Nizamuddin, Delhi.
Anjali Gopalan, Director of the Naz Foundation has played a pivotal role in combating HIV/AIDs in India as well as decriminalising homosexuality.
From a kid with business plans to Co-Founder of Krya, a sustainable consumer products company - Preethi Sukumaran talks about her journey and what makes her tick.
From technology to education, fashion and financial services, every sector has part time marketing jobs. What are the flexible opportunities in sales and marketing?
Are sexual harassment committees in Indian companies effective? Here is what organizations that want to provide a safe work environment for women need to do.
Fitness tips and exercises in under 15 minutes for working women with little time: Choose the regimen that meets your health and fitness goals.
While a career in special education is challenging, it is also very fulfilling. How does one get qualified and what are the career opportunities?
Nirupama Vaidyanathan, India’s first woman tennis player, takes us through the highs and lows of her life in ‘The Moonballer’. The book manages to engage as well as inspire.
Payal Sakhuja tells us how she balances her two babies - Ripple Links, the digital marketing agency that she founded, and her 19-month-old, and loves every minute!
Our inspiring woman this week is Arundhati Bhattacharya, SBI's first female chairperson
Q&A for working women in India: Life Coach Jaya Narayan helps a mother find work that does not require travel.
Tania Sachdev, star chess player and our Inspiring Woman this week, has not let early fame as Grandmaster stop her from working harder.
The Air Asia Dream Destination Contest is about you and your travel pick - Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur - which one is it going to be?
With fierce competition in the online apparel sector, life as an entrepreneur is not easy for Meena Joshi, but it’s certainly fulfilling, she says.
Our inspiring woman of the week, Dr. Ginny Shrivastava is a Canadian woman working for more than four decades for tribal women in Rajasthan
Q&A for working women in India. Life coach Jaya Narayan suggests a comprehensive review for a woman who is bored and stressed at work
With a little bit of planning, roads trips with kids can be fun – both for the kids and for you. Tips to get you going.
What to wear to an interview you attend is more about feeling and being comfortable yourself, than impressing an employer.
Lata Mangeshkar, the iconic singer and our inspiring woman this week, believes age is no reason to stop dreaming of further achievement.
Unmana Datta, co-founder of Markitty, takes us through a regular workday. Markitty helps small businesses and entrepreneurs use online marketing more effectively.
Deepika Kumari, 19 year old archer and our inspiring woman of the week, has not had an easy ride in the world of sport.
Adopting an older child in India has unique challenges, needs and rewards. A well-prepared family can help the adoptee feel embraced and supported.
Rashmi Sawant, Founder of Culture Aangan aims to help rural villages in India continue to be self-sustaining, by sharing their beauty and traditions with tourists.
Q&A for working women in India: Life Coach Jaya Narayan helps a working woman analyse the root cause of boredom at work.
Tanushree Nair, Founder of Karaashilp, which handcrafts and upcycles bags from a range of material, talks about life as a creative mompreneur.
Managing a business while travelling all the time? Sounds crazy but this Travel entrepreneur is attempting it and shares her story.
Participate in the Cycle Pure 'Your Reason To Pray' contest - blog about your reason to pray, however simple or off-beat, and you could win amazing prizes!
Director Kiran Rao is among the new breed of female directors making strides in a hitherto male dominated Bollywood.
Maternity wear for working women in India is now a booming market - find something that’s comfortable, in your budget and can be reused later!
Teaching kids about our festivals and getting them involved becomes so easy with these interesting art and craft activities for children!
Q&A for working women in India: Life Coach Jaya Narayan answers questions from women on finding one's true strengths to develop a career path.
Through The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri once again proves that stories which deal with issues of displacement and belonging are her forte.
Women farmers in India are sowing the seeds of change for a more ecofriendly and sustainable agriculture.
Could you be among the large number of Indian women affected by anaemia? This infographic gives you a quick picture of how big a problem anaemia is in India.
Aaradhee Mehta’s BUYSTORIES helps brands and their stories resonate with customers. In this series on women entrepreneurs, she shares with us a day in her life.
As more women travel, leaving their comfort zones and embracing the unfamiliar, we look at 10 life lessons from travelling, shared by community members.
Devapriya Roy’s The Weight Loss Club, goes beyond the façade of ordinary, middle-class lives to discover hidden quirks and eccentricities.
In this edition of the Q&A for working women in India, life coach Jaya Narayan answers two questions from young women on the realities of the workplace today.
As the youngest CEO in the Tata group, Avani Davda is the woman behind one of the most talked about brands in recent times - Tata Starbucks.
How can Indian moms ensure that their daughters believe in themselves regardless of colour, and learn that ‘only fair is lovely’ is a lie?
Meet Anjaly Thomas, author of Almost Intrepid – a book that talks about the adventures of a solo Indian woman traveller.
Many working women in India consider a career change at some point in their lives; A Step Above tweetchat on making career changes work.
Zohra Sehgal, the centenarian of Indian cinema and the doyenne of Indian theatre, has been entertaining us for more than 8 decades.
Life Coach Jaya Narayan answers readers’ questions and offers practical advice to handle the problems of working women. This month she talks about setting your career objectives.
Planning to write a book but wondering how to get your book published? An Indian author shares her strategies for finding a publisher.
Sushmita Banerjee was an Indian writer who was brutally shot dead in Afghanistan for standing up against extremism and oppression.
Zubaida Bai is the Founder and CEO of Ayzh – a social venture providing health and livelihood solutions to economically disadvantaged women.
Life Coach Jaya Narayan answers readers’ questions and offers practical advice to handle the problems of working women. This month she talks about figuring out your career path.
Nandita Das needs no introduction. We know her well as an actress with a difference and also as someone who speaks out against social ills.
Think women entrepreneurs are scarce in India? Think again! Although a slowly growing breed, the forecast for women-led start-ups looks quite positive.
While baby’s health and nutritional needs are all important, working mothers find time a challenge. Easy homemade baby food ideas that work!
At 18, P.V.Sindhu has deservedly won a position among the top 10 in the Badminton World Federation rankings for women’s singles.
Jael Silliman’s debut novel The Man With Many Hats offers us whimsical glimpses into a Calcutta from a bygone era.
Author Maitreyee Chowdhury talks about her tribute to “Bengali cinema's first couple”, The Magic Of Uttam Kumar And Suchitra Sen.
Shikha Sharma is the MD and CEO of one of India’s top private banks, Axis Bank.
Dr.Swati Piramal is the Vice Chairperson of Piramal Enterprises, one of the leading Pharma companies in India which aims to provide affordable medicines to all.
Blog about one or many women whose friendship is precious to you. And win prizes from Zivame, India's largest online lingerie store.
A reminder on why self-appreciation is important for working women in India and some handy tips on how to love yourself.
Life Coach Jaya Narayan answers readers’ questions and offers practical advice to handle the problems of working women. This month we deal with challenges of working at start-ups and getting back to work after a break.
Often referred to as the “mother of private equities” in India, Renuka Ramnath is the Founder and CEO of Multiples Alternate Asset Management.
A leaf out of the diary of Priya Panicker - the modern Indian woman who hopes to have it all! Today, she learns to ace technology!
Does attending formalised support programs help women entrepreneurs? One woman shares her experience with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women program.
Vinita Jain is the founder of Biotique, the beauty brand that harnesses the wisdom of ayurveda for your wellness.
As Beautiful As Your Work - Tanishq Mia invites you to write about a woman who makes her work beautiful!
Shefalika Verma is the winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2012 for her autobiographical book in Maithili, Kist-Kist Jeevan.
Wildlife biologist Aparajita Datta, our inspiring woman of the week won the 'Green Oscar', for her work on the conservation of hornbills.
Through Flight Of The Flamingo, Sangeeta Mall talks about the different dilemmas that many urban Indian women face in their everyday lives.
Alisha Abdullah destroyed the quintessential image of machismo when she became India’s first female super-bike racer.
Are you among the growing breed of female business travellers? Packing for a trip made easy for Indian women!
Known earlier as the Kolkata Park Street rape survivor, Suzette Jordan needs to be admired for her brave choice to reveal her identity to the world.
The embarrassed silence around menstruation needs to go. Here’s how Indian moms can talk about periods with their sons.
Jane De Suza’s The Spy Who Lost Her Head is an entertaining read that successfully marries a comedy and a thriller – with delightful results!
The Prakriya Green Wisdom School in Bangalore believes in teaching kids environmental awareness by practising organic gardening and wastewater recycling in its sustainable campus.
Nirupama Rao holds the prestigious position of India’s Ambassador to one of the most influential countries of the world, the USA.
With the buzz for anti-ageing products, have Indian women succumbed to the pressure of looking young? Is embracing your age out of fashion?
Why is sex before marriage such a big deal? As Indian women get married at a later age now, should we expect our 25 year olds to be virgins?
Ela Bhatt is the founder of the Self-Employed Women’s Association of India (SEWA), an organization synonymous with promoting grassroots entrepreneurship.
Nayomi Munaweera’s Island Of A Thousand Mirrors explores how women in Sri Lanka, on opposite sides of the civil war negotiate the realities of life.
Interview with Sandeepa Mukherjee Datta a.k.a the Bong Mom, noted Indian food blogger, about her new book on Bengali cuisine, Bong Mom’s Cookbook.
Shabana Azmi is not only well-known for her nuanced acting skills but also for her bold activism.
Many Indian women would like to meet the locals while travelling but are understandably worried about safety. Some tips for women who love to travel.
Do weight issues matter in relationships? One woman shares how a romantic relationship destroyed her body image and self-esteem.
A tribute to one of the earliest and most accomplished icons of Indian feminism – Vina Mazumdar.
Abha Iyengar’s Shrayan is an Indian fantasy novel that explores the individual’s struggle for both social and self -acceptance.
Managing a small business when pregnant is like nurturing two babies simultaneously! How do women entrepreneurs cope with the challenges?
On May 21st this year, Arunima Sinha became the first female amputee to scale Mount Everest.
Tara Deshpande Tennebaum shares some delectable recipes and interesting stories from her grandmother’s traditional Konkan kitchen in A Sense For Spice.
Aerospace entrepreneur Dr. Sushmita Mohanty, is the CEO of Earth2Orbit - India’s first private space start-up.
Whether you are visiting India or live here, these are the 5 interesting museums in India that should be on your must-see list.
Kalpana Swaminathan’s The Secret Gardener has all the elements of a good detective novel and yet, it fails to grip the reader.
Interview with Tanushree Podder, author of Escape From Harem – a Mughal saga of romance, revenge and retribution.
Vinita Sidhartha, is the woman behind Kreeda, the Chennai-based venture which strives to keep our traditional games alive.
Want to be a responsible traveller? Then learn how to conserve water and reduce your water footprint when travelling!
A father is a daughter’s first love and hero. Two Indian women share their beautiful father-daughter relationship with us.
Summer camps for kids are a lot of fun while also giving parents a break. Check out these 5 innovative camps!
Shortlisted for the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize, Mishi Saran’s The Other Side Of Light, is written beautifully – although one expects more from this gifted writer.
Shilpi Kapoor, the founder of BarrierBreak is a social entrepreneur who believes in using technology to improve the lives of the differently abled.
Interview with Preeti Shenoy, author of My Secret Wish List – a novel about following your heart and doing what you believe in.
10 Indian women entrepreneurs making a BIG impact - the story of women and entrepreneurship in India continue to pick up pace.
Pravaham works for women’s empowerment in India by emphasizing the importance of women’s education in building a progressive community.
Kirthiga Reddy, Head and Director Online Operations of Facebook, India is a beacon of hope to Indian women in tech today.
Experiencing sexual harassment at the workplace is common to working women all over India. Yet, very few know how to counter it.
Aruna Roy is the woman behind India’s Right To Information movement which resulted in the enactment of the Right To Information Act.
Scaffolding is a parenting technique that Indian moms can use to help improve self-esteem and confidence in their children.
Aruna Chakravarti’s Jorasanko effectively captures the hopes and fears, triumphs and defeats of the women in the illustrious Tagore household.
Our study on Indian Women Employment reveals the rising levels of ambition. Though Women Employment trend is at large, Indian women still face gender as a potential factor in their career growth.
Crusading for equality and justice, Meena Kandasamy is one of the boldest voices of the angry, young Indian woman today.
What can Indian women do if family duty conflicts with personal aspirations when caring for the elderly at home?
Not Only The Things That Have Happened by Mridula Koshy is a a haunting tale of loss and longing.