HAPPY PERIOD!

Menstruation is a much talked about topic these days and that should encourage women to be bold and confident instead of shaming themselves due to the prevalent taboos in the society. I belong to Uttarakhand and in the interior parts, especially the rural areas women still hesitate to share their views regarding Menstruation. Even to this day, girls and women in these rural areas use cloth and are ashamed of themselves when they have their periods. They are not allowed

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PERIOD TALK

Periods, a normal biological phenomenon, which marks the inception of a big change in a girl’s life.  It’s a time where the little girl needs to be handled with a lot of love and care.  Gone are the days when the mothers use to shy away from talking about periods with their daughters.  It used to cause a lot of physical and emotional discomfort to the girls. Here a few ways by which we can take care of our daughters

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PERIODS – STILL A TABOO?

Periods- still a taboo!? I’ll teach my daughter that it’s completely alright and never to feel shy about it. It’s definitely not uncommon for all of us (girls and women) to have grown up hearing that we must not visit the temples or attend prayers during those five days. Eyes stare at us when we ask for a sanitary pad at a medical store/shopping. The society and most of the people in our own family and neighborhood will make us

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AYESHA

She comes in at her regular time of work, quietly smiling and purposeful. Her measured steps walk their way to the kitchen basin, resuming the daily ritual of cleaning utensils in the sink, followed by the kitchen counter. As the hour climbs slowly, the other tasks slowly begin to get done. Sweeping and mopping the floor, cleaning and dusting and more. Amidst the hustle and bustle of her cleaning, as the minutes pass by and I’m quietly working in another

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MENSTRUAL HYGIENE DAY!

‘Mom, kuch daag acche hote hain’ !! This is what my 11 year old son sheepishly tells me every time I give a disgruntled look at his stained clothes with all sorts of colors and patterns of dirt and mud and chocolate on them. And all this is done without trying too hard. He is packed off to school and after-school activities in prim and proper clothes but once he returns, everything about him ( including his clothes) remind me

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A LITTLE TRIBUTE

Recently we shifted to our new apartment and I was very worried about getting a good and honest maid to help me with the house work. But I have been pretty fortunate in this matter and when my neighbour recommended her maid who was willing to hand wash our clothes (I don’t like to use the washing machine for all the clothes) for a higher salary, I immediately agreed though I was a little doubtful about her efficiency since she

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I AM A WOMAN, FLAME ON ICE

      For Delhi-based senior journalist Mahima Sharma, her mother Meera Sharma (a former scientist) means the world to her and her younger sister. This Mother’s Day, Mahima expresses her gratitude to her Mom with this poem below…   I AM A WOMAN, FLAME ON ICE   When present was dark and future… wrong, Existence was no longer a melodious song. When Life seemed only a stormy… steep hill, Among the clouds – dark and still.   Heart was

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HONG KONG DIARIES

I am Gayathri Gokul and have been in Hong Kong for nine years now. My journey in Hong Kong started with my husband and my little one who was 5 months old. Everything seemed new, being away from family I didn’t know what to do but I was blessed with a supportive husband. I pursued my Masters in Dentistry from the University of Hong Kong and completed it in 2012. I have been doing part time jobs in Hong Kong ever

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DON’T JUDGE ME BY MY MANICURED NAILS

I walked into a salon one Sunday morning. It was time for the girls’ quarterly haircut. The six year old tried hard to convince me not to chop off her unruly locks and the younger one had an indifferent look on her face, as if to say, “Get it over with it, shall we?”. After explaining to the lovely hairdresser the length, look and style (as dictated by the elder one) and carefully whispering what I actually wanted, I settled down on

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CHITRA ARVIND, RHYTHMOTION

Meet Chitra Arvind, Artistic Director of Rhythmotion in Bangalore. She is a choreographer, teacher, and performing artist, professing and practicing Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Contemporary dance for more than two decades. She also trains hearing impaired students in dance to help develop their overall personality. Chitra continued to dance post motherhood and with her story is keen to encourage mothers who have given up their passion post child birth. Read more about Chitra in her own words.   I started learning

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