• Aditya | 03-Dec-2019
    As a kid, did my parents or elders around me teach me to respect women? Is there a written procedure to follow? A mutually agreeable protocol? I guess not. Parents can share a few good things from their perspective but I believe, by and large kids observe adults around them and emulate their behaviour. That's how we learn, that's how we grow.   While growing up, I also realised that, few things men and women in my family did were wrong. As teenagers we have immense sensitivity to notice these things but not necessarily the maturity to process it. We see things in society that we don’t agree with but lack the skill to articulate our feelings or the power to influence.   But as we become adults we are supposed to have gained that wisdom to work on these inputs. Do we consciously work on it or do we continue to unconsciously emulate our ancestors? Do we merely reflect the society by being one of them or have what it takes to form an individual stand?   These are roughly the three stage
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  • Aditya | 01-Dec-2019
    I really, really don’t care if women call me regressive, or prehistoric or whatever they want to call me. I will say this again and again and again and keep saying this because I care! Our country is socially, morally, economically and in every other perceivable sense not ready to give the kind of freedom, equality and safe passage that women expect or observe in developed nations (I don’t know is such thing exists in other countries but let’s assume it does). I have no idea how we are going to be a better society neither do I know how long it will take for us to get there. What I do know is, safety starts with understanding the constrains that we live in. If you are walking a tightrope with blazing flames or a thousand-meter gorge underneath, then it is foolish, senseless and naïve to dance on that rope. For your own sake, please find that balance. Self-defense, support system, better law enforcement and all of that is “after” you encounter an unfortunate incident. What
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  • A cool head and a sweet speech keeps untoward events out of reach! (to some extent)
    Jyoti | 26-Nov-2019
    Before a few years, I had the privilege to meet Deepa Malik – she is an athlete, biker, swimmer and first Indian woman to win medals in Paralympic category. At that time, I didn’t know her story but after meeting her in a corporate event (she was a motivational speaker) and hearing her story, I googled her. Her story is truly an inspiring and amazing one.  For those who do not know, she was diagnosed with a spinal tumour at the age of 36, which left her paralysed below the waist. After this tragedy she decided to enter sports and now has many awards and recognitions to her name. I still remember her one sentence which she said has helped her sail through her medical crisis and the life afterwards. It is “dimaag par baraf and muh mein chini” which means a cool head and a sweet speech. She said that she was in such a phase of life that for all the things, she was dependent on others and couldn’t do anything on her own. When you are independent in life and if a tragedy strikes
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  • She
    Dr Sana Khan | 18-Nov-2019
    She had several people to work under her.. yet she wanted the most qualified female to run errands for her that could easily be done by the less qualified lot working in the office..  She thought she was superior , she only wanted to control others and when she found her match she wanted to opress the weaker Why should another female fall prey to these types of females that only want to suppress people . Women are not always Victims.
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  • Women are not always the victim
    Sankalppateriya | 16-Nov-2019
    When her dad passed away I helped her get back on track with studies and all of her things and when I told her that her boyfriend is cheating her she broke the friendship with me! Six months later she also broked up with her boyfriend saying "you never loved me!". Women are not always the victim!
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  • The Love Affair I Got Comfortable With!
    Diyaa | 15-Oct-2019
    She hugged him tight and cried. It was a dark stormy night. The clouds were intensely close, waiting to squeeze tight together and burst out. Nature was mimicking human emotions virtually. Zara didn’t want to leave him; not now at least. She was in love. The kind of love wherein you don’t know if you are better together in a cuddly embrace for some time or lost in each other's thoughts all day. But this was the deciding time of her life. Amit stayed just one block ahead of Zara. She was visiting her parent’s house those days and so was he. She made it a point to see him every time he came around. They loved meeting up for coffees. It always struck me hard when I saw men keep themselves free for other women so easily. I never found the time for my own, forget any other. Probably that explains the whole chaos around me now. Oh well, I still haven't introduced myself. I am Rahul, Zara’s husband and this is my story. She used to mention about Amit a lot. They were childhood friends. Thei
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  • The Love Affair I Got Comfortable With!
    Diyaa | 15-Oct-2019
    She hugged him tight and cried. It was a dark stormy night. The clouds were intensely close, waiting to squeeze tight together and burst out. Nature was mimicking human emotions virtually. Zara didn’t want to leave him; not now at least. She was in love. The kind of love wherein you don’t know if you are better together in a cuddly embrace for some time or lost in each other's thoughts all day. But this was the deciding time of her life. Amit stayed just one block ahead of Zara. She was visiting her parent’s house those days and so was he. She made it a point to see him every time he came around. They loved meeting up for coffees. It always struck me hard when I saw men keep themselves free for other women so easily. I never found the time for my own, forget any other. Probably that explains the whole chaos around me now. Oh well, I still haven't introduced myself. I am Rahul, Zara’s husband and this is my story. She used to mention about Amit a lot. They were childhood friends. Thei
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  • The Silver Lining to Burnt Toast
    Asmita Javdekar | 20-Aug-2019
    I could barely take my eyes off him.6feet 2inches, chiseled to perfection!His complexion was reeking of warm chestnut, perhaps a well earned tan from the Himalayan trek that he was brazenly boasting about. Amma always told me that I was an innate revolutionary, my first shriek into this world was proof enough that I was here to ruffle quite a few feathers.At 12, I picked up my first fight against Avva (my grandmother) for not allowing me inside the kitchen when I was on my period. At 15, the target was Amma and Appa for setting a 7 pm deadline for me to get home when my younger brother could gallivant at his heart’s whim. This unfair, biased world for women made me sick in my gut. Ever since, I prioritised Women Rights and Welfare as a cause that I would dedicate my life to.Kabir was a chance encounter.I was working on a Skilling project for a community of Himachali women. A friend had recently trekked to our program site and wanted to update me about her experience. For the first time in my life, I co
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  • Three Sisters
    Asmita Javdekar | 16-Aug-2019
    Three women, donning navwaris in the middle of the city, is a fairly uncommon sighting these days...These three sisters had taken early morning buses from their respective villages, bordering Pune, to convene at their brother’s house for Raksha Bandhan...All three of them were gushing about being photographed and featured on social media. They were in quite a rush to get back home as their daughters’ in law had their own Rakhi commitments as well...By the time we finished our chitter-chatter, their brother had organised for them to be dropped off by a rickshaw.Their joy knew no bounds.Neither did mine.
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  • If you have seen these serials, your childhood was savage
    Sonal yakkundi | 12-Aug-2019
    If you have seen these serials, your childhood was savage   Let us take you on a ride to the serials in the ’90s to 2010 when Indian television was at its best. For readers in Indian, get ready to claim your slice of nostalgia! People who were born in the ’90s, their childhood was the best, as these serials were telecasted then. Let’s go back in time and remember your childhood.     Hum Paanch       This show had a perfect recipe for comedy. Hum Paanch featured a nagging wife, five dysfunctional daughters with their own unique ways of seeing life, a talking portrait of the dead first wife, and amid all of them the husband finding it really hard to survive in the female-dominated house!                     Shaktimaan   ‘Sorry Shaktimaan’ – how many times have you said this line? We thank this serial for gifting us our favourite superhero. It ha
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  • San Sebastian
    Team Kalamwali | 11-Aug-2019
    San Sebastian - By Eesha Patwardhan   After a late night sipping on some sangria goodness in Barcelona it was time to head north to San Sebastian in the Basque country. We left by rail at the crack of dawn and started our journey to probably one of the best beaches in Europe and definitely the best beach I’ve ever been to .  Sitting cozy in the train leafing through the pages of the Lonely Planet Traveller , I felt all so “travelleresque” .Yes this word is my contribution to the Oxford Dictionary.  Every good rail journey involves food as anyone who has travelled by rail will know. So it was time to visit the pantry which was more like a cafe with the view of the constantly changing landscape. Even the train food is nice here. Something as simple as grilled cheese and ham sandwiches tastes good when you use the best produce . Feeling satiated with the gooey cheesy goodness of the sandwich washed down with the freshly squeezed Naranja (orange juice )  I made my way
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  • Traditions and then some…
    Team Kalamwali | 05-Aug-2019
    Traditions and then some… - By Eesha Patwardhan   Shravan or Saavan is the holiest month for Hindu’s ( as are all the other months of the year ). During this month short month which falls in the fifth month as per the solar calendar, we celebrate quite a few hindu festivals , namely Naga panchami. Govatsa, Rishi panchami , Raksha Bandhan . The story goes that Lord Shiva drank the poison ‘Halahala’ which emanated from the sagar manthan during the battle of suras and asuras. During this manthan fourteen different gemstones emerged from the ocean and finally emerged the dreadful poison ‘halahala.’ In order to save the world from doom , Lord Shiva decided to drink up this poison and his wife Parvati then leapt to rescue him . As an ode to Parvati , women over the generations have been fasting during Shravan and celebrating their marital status by performing Mangalagowri pooja on every tuesday in the month of Shravan . Gowri refers to Parvati and Mangal obviously stand
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  • If a woman speaks and nobody is listening , her name is probably MOM!
    Team Kalamwali | 24-Jul-2019
    - BY EESHA PATWARDHAN   A year earlier I may have read this quote and scoffed at it not feeling the weight of every single word. Today , two months after being blessed with a baby , these words have a whole new meaning to me. Motherhood is the least appreciated yet most gratifying job any human could ever have . Motherhood is like the air we breathe, its vital to life yet we take it for granted . We accept it because we have it so readily available and on top of that a mothers love knows no bound so all the more reason for us to take it for granted . But motherhood is no cakewalk for sure. A mother is born the day a baby is born , a woman quickly switches over to the role of a caregiver and nurturer . It is not only physically painful to become a mother but also a very long and difficult mental journey . From being somebody else’s baby , you now suddenly have one to call your own and within seconds of it being born you need to care for it . a.k.a feed it , love it and make it all your own. Wh
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  • Classic fashion pieces every woman MUST have
    Sonal yakkundi | 25-Jun-2019
    Every woman is a fan of clothes.  You will find 1235679 clothes in their wardrobe but yet “I have nothing to wear ” is the most common sentence. There are certain MUST HAVE clothes. These clothes are mandatory, classy and can be used anywhere.  Do you have these classics in your wardrobe?             1.The white shirt   Whether paired with jeans or sleek tailored trousers, a crisp white shirt is the ultimate in multi-functional dressing. This classic cotton version by Erdem is effortlessly chic.                     2.   The leather handbag   This leather handbag from Saint Laurent is the perfect size for both work and play and will help make any ensemble look more expensive.           3.  A Black Dress   What can we say? Black is timeless, slimming and suits everyone. Yours may be an expensive Mugler number or an affor
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  • Indifference
    Asmita Javdekar | 17-May-2019
    Farida grew up on the foundation of differences.Her brother Javed was mollycoddled while her fate was resigned to strict instructions.He got to go to school while she was forced to help with the household.He could play outdoors with his friends while she had to sit huddled with the women in the central courtyard of their house.She could not raise a voice, nor her eyes.Once, in the darkness of a dreaded night, Farida got groped.Javed’s lascivious face in the flickering light was something she just could not cope.Her pain, her anger, her suppression, her humiliation all snowballed into deliverance.Every stab into Javed’s heart was met by her grave indifference.
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  • My 15 Closet Staples
    The Closet Curator | 18-Apr-2019
               My 15 Closet Staples   Want to pep-up your closet? Let’s start with the basic essentials and let go off your wardrobe woes!!   My topmost must haves are :   A crisp white formal shirt - wear it to work or team it up with a black leather skirt and you are ready to party all night !                 A white t-shirt - a saviour on oh so many days !!! Wear it with shorts or denims and put on those sneakers and you are ready to take on the world! Little black dress - A classic ! You can never go wrong with this one - a sleek clutch and stilettos is all you need and ofcourse red lips which will add that last touch! Black pants - Be it at work or on a causal lazy-ish day , team it up with a tee or a crop top or even a knotted shirt. Dark wash skinny jeans - one of my favourites - comfortable yet chic! Knee length skirt - Skirts have always been a rage! Wear it however you want and still look stylish.
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