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When 1 night took away 23 years of shame
When 1 night took away 23 years of shame

As a woman in her mid-twenties living alone in a metro, I have had a lot of moments in my life when I introspected the things that matter to me, the beliefs I want...

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Period Myths in India - Some Best & Worst Examples
Period Myths in India - Some Best & Worst Examples

Once a month, women bleed in a natural biological dance that signifies - “hey, no baby for you this time!” Simple? Well. yes. But over the decades, people have been incredibly innovative in interpreting what it could mean instead. 

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The Mother of 385 Banyan Trees - Saalumarada Thimmakka
The Mother of 385 Banyan Trees - Saalumarada Thimmakka

There’s a five-km stretch on a highway in Karnataka, between Kudur and Hulikal, that’s lined with majestic Banyan Trees. These trees are special, because they were all planted by one woman - Saaluumarada Thimmakka.

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What is the bravest decision taken in your life?
What is the bravest decision taken in your life?

I am 30, unmarried, and I work with dogs for a living. This was not my plan. I come from a family where not just girls, even boys get married right out of college. So when I  told my parents I wanted to work, they were hesitant.

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Mothers and Daughters - A tale of finding each other
Mothers and Daughters - A tale of finding each other

Mother-daughter is an oft eulogised, little understood relationship. Popular media mostly paints it in two prominent ways, the best friend mom or the guide/mentor...

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Things you Should Know About Periods
Things you Should Know About Periods

Do not start with the ‘Ugh! That’s disgusting.’ We all know how much you boys like your Zombie movies and post-apocalyptic video games. So why is it so hard to stomach our period stories? Strap up boys because this, you NEED to read.

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Imperfections
Imperfections

We all have fond memories of our childhood. My best ones though, come with a pinch of salt. Because as I was growing up, I was constantly mocked and teased by my relatives and teachers about how short I was. Every time I topped my class, or when I was chosen...

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Understanding Gender Roles
Understanding Gender Roles

Gender roles have been around for centuries. A quick look back at the history of civilization shows us that traditionally, men have been the fixers of the world and women, the nurturers. And while there have been exceptions to this standard pattern...

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Aren't women 'empowered' already?
Aren't women 'empowered' already?

You see us today, walking in our tic-toc heels, smashing stereotypes with the swing of our expensive handbags. You see us today, rolling our eyes at men who expect us to sit at home and be the good wife. You see us today...

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Marriage v/s Independence
Marriage v/s Independence

Popular opinion says that the independent woman is someone who is able to pay her own bills, live on her own money, and take care of herself without depending on anyone else for financial support. But there’s more to this label that just the financial aspect...

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How to be More Inclusive
How to be More Inclusive

Gender inclusivity is not limited to equal pay and equal rights. It includes the way we perceive others on the basis of gender, the ideas we attach to them, and the daily practices we follow. It is each person’s right to live and engage in an environment that is respectful...

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Kindness Is Empowering
Kindness Is Empowering

It was on a Tuesday, back in 1994, that I first learned about the power of kindness. Nope. Not true. I have no memory of any Tuesdays of 1994. I was 4, in 1994. I didn’t even fully understand the concept of a week, in 1994. Here’s the thing about kindness, though...

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