BHASWATI BHATTACHARYYA, SCIENTIST

After completing my B.Sc. Hons. (Physics) from New Alipur College, University of Calcutta, and my Masters (Physics) from the University of Calcutta, I joined the Joint Astronomy Programme (JAP) run by the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, to pursue my Ph.D. in 2002. In 2009, I pursued my doctoral research on observational studies of radio pulsars. After training as a Marie Curie fellow in University of Manchester, UK, I joined NCRA as Reader to continue my research on pulsars. Pulsars

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DR. RUBY AHUJA, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

I’ve been practicing Clinical Psychology for that last 10 years. As my profession is associated with a stigma – I face challenges on a day-to-day basis. Over the years, however, I have come to enjoy these challenges and feel a great sense of satisfaction when I work towards changing people’s mindset and thought process. A self-made women, I chose this profession as I was very passionate to understand and analyse human behaviour. While I have a private practice in Chandigarh,

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THE GENTLEMAN

I recently shifted to Muscat, disillusioned with my life in India and my profession as an Anaesthesiologist. That is what I am. I know it’s a big fancy name. Sadly what I do isn’t too fancy. But coming back to the fact, I shifted all alone to a new country in the Middle East called Oman. For the uninitiated, Muscat is the capital of Oman. Initially, when I started telling people that, they were less than thrilled, discouraging me with lines like,

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AN UNFORGETTABLE VALENTINE’S DAY!

They say you can never forget your first love, your first kiss, your first break up and your first valentine. I too vividly remember mine. My client was doing a promotional activity for his brand on Valentine’s day and the excited account executive that I was I kept telling everyone to give flowers to all the girls in the office. While everyone received Orchids and Lillyams, I got a huge cauliflower! The boys in office decided to play a prank on me and gifted me with a

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50 CUPS OF COFFEE, KHUSHNUMA DARUWALA

“A rip-roaring and charming account of dating in India. Dating is an undeniably daunting task, especially when you are looking for the real deal to settle down with. So when Dia, a 30-something woman, signs up on a dating website for people looking to get married, she realizes just how delightful, vexing, amusing and befuddling looking for the perfect husband can be. Based on her real-life experiences, this book is not a guide to dating, but rather a delightful collection

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THE MOUTH IS A MIRROR OF THE BODY

A happy go lucky person and a mother of three. A dentist by profession and a student of Hindustani Classical music. I have been a professor in Dentistry and taught very enthusiastic postgraduate students who have published many studies and case reports under my guidance, in internationally and nationally acclaimed journals. With a vast experience of 21 years in my profession I have enriched myself with great passion for Cosmetic Dentistry and full mouth rehabilitation. I am a keen learner and

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AMMA

The 1920s when “marumakkathayam” (matrilineal inheritance) was still prevalent in Kerala. A petite, pretty, intelligent girl, wanted to graduate after she successfully completed her intermediate. The “Tharavad Karanavar” (elders of the family) instead, decided to get her married. When she became a widow at an early age with two sons, she shifted to the “tharavad” (ancestral home) where her parents, uncle and sister lived. She took reins of the household efficiently and with ease along with the help of her sister who was her

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SASSY SARASWAT GIRLS!

As a daughter, one of the happiest moments of my life was in June 2017. This was the month when my 78 year old mother, set off on her first-ever girl’s trip to Europe with two of her besties. The other two women are –my paternal aunt, who is 84 years old and her friend who is 86 years old. For a lot of you, it may be common to see your mothers and aunts take off independently on their vacations.

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A BEST FRIEND FOR LIFE…

I made a best friend for life… It’s the scariest thought. Will I be accepted? Will I be loved and treated right? What will it take to impress her? Will I be heard? Will I be comfortable?…. It’s what most daughters-in-law to be have felt and thought about at least once in their journey towards becoming the Mrs… But believe me when I say, for me, the thought disappeared as soon as it came. When your MIL is a woman of

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MOTHER IN LAW!

Mother in Law! Sounds more like Monster in Law! Or Man-eater in Law!! When I was asked to write on this topic, it actually got me thinking deeply, so much so that I spent the night mulling over it and even woke up thinking about it. Brushed my teeth in deep thought and showered under the same cloud of thoughts. While it seems like a simple enough topic, there are so many angles, layers and nuances to it when you

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