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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IN GIVING, WE RECEIVE

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Easy to churn out meaningful quotes, very hard to live by them. But here’s Supriya Kulkarni, volunteer at Aviratha, a non-Governmental organization engaged in activities related to overall human development. In this post, Supriya describes the sense of joy and happiness she feels doing what she does. My biggest regret is not having joined Aviratha the year it was founded. Aviratha means ‘incessant’

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I FOUND MYSELF!

“Worrying is using your imagination to create something you don’t want.” —Abraham Hicks I am happy to say that I have moved to a new city, which means I can finally take a moment to breathe! I have lived in three different cities in a span of four years, so I’m no stranger to the art of moving – but it never really gets easier! There were a lot of obstacles I have had to deal with moving from one city to another.

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A STRONG AND PROUD BROWN GIRL

Those who haven’t experienced racism cannot and will never understand the deep rooted psychological issues experienced by the victim. One must applaud the growing collective consciousness on the subject but let us not fool ourselves that we entirely understand the gravity of the issue. I dedicate this to my father who faced years and years of racial discrimination, leaving him an angry man, disappointed with the society. But it takes a strong heart to power through and heart of steel

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OVERCOMING OUR FEARS

“I was always terrified of challenges and my biggest fear was rejection” says 39 year old Chinnmaye Praveen. You may think that this would have hindered her from living life to the fullest – absolutely not! Chinnmaye heads the Strategic Planning Department at a company that manufactures and installs water purification units. Not only that, in order to give back to society she started an initiative called Vistaara, to empower kids through cross learning, community participation, events, workshops and awareness

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I FOUGHT BACK!

Every morning, as we go through the newspaper with our morning cup of tea, we get to read at least 5-6 cases of sexual harassment, molestation or rape. It has become a norm in our country. Not a single woman – be it your mother, sister, friend or any female acquaintance can say that she has not faced harassment of some sort in her lifetime. I too have experienced sexual harassment. It all started, back in school, when this perverted trend

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SAALUMARADA THIMMAKKA, ENVIRONMENTALIST

“It was my fate to not have any children. Because of that, we planned to plant trees and raise them and get blessings. We have treated the trees as our children.” I am sure most of you have read about Saalumarada Thimmakka from Karnataka, who is admired for being an environmentalist and noted for her work in planting and tending to 384 banyan trees along a four-kilometre stretch of highway between Hulikal and Kudur. Born in Gubbi Taluk, Tumakuru, Thimmakka

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THE PIANO

I grew up in a small locality in Kuwait. On my 3rd birthday, my uncle gifted me a tiny keyboard. I spent all my time plonking on it. Although my traditional Malayali parents knew nothing about classical piano and even though lessons were expensive, they found me a good teacher. As my studies advanced, my teacher suggested that we buy an instrument. It was beyond my parents’ reach though. For many years, I practised on a keyboard. In the 80s,

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