Women

‘Nobody gives up a job for a Sari.’ - My First Job

Author: 
Kavita Ezekiel Mendonca

Kavita Ezekiel Mendonca was born and raised in a Jewish family in Mumbai. She was educated at the Queen Mary School, Mumbai, received her BA in English and French, an MA from the University of Bombay in English and American Literature, and a Master’s in Education from Oxford Brookes University, England.

My Memories of Mussoorie

Author: 
Anuradha Joshi

Anuradha Joshi belongs to Kumaon. A postgraduate in Psychology from Rajasthan University, she taught in various schools and colleges in Kolkata.

Currently, Anuradha lives in Mussoorie with her husband, Pawan K. Gupta.

In 1989, along with her husband she co- founded SIDH (Society for Integrated Development of the Himalayas), largely working in the villages of Tehri Garhwal, to make education more relevant to the local needs.

My Father and Astrology

Author: 
Pragnya Mishra

Pragnya Mishra is an M.Phil. in Anthropology from Utkal University. She also has a post graduation diploma in Rural Management from Xavier Insitute of Management (XIM), Bhubaneswar.

Pragnya currently lives in South Africa with her family. Her three children, a daughter and twin boys, attend school in Johannesburg.

Pragnya is active on social media and is highly respected by her friends and well-wishers.

Janmasthami – Holding on to tradition amid a pandemic

Author: 
Meera Balasubramanian

Meera Balasubramanian was born and brought up in Madras, Tamil Nadu. She graduated from Stella Maris College with a BA in Sociology, and got her MBA from the Asian Institute of Management, Manila. She has enjoyed living in Manila, Istanbul and Hong Kong. Currently, Meera lives in a suburb of Washington, D.C. with her husband.

Two Poems — Love and Companionship

Author: 
Nancy Ganjoo Singh
Nancy Ganjoo Singh

Nancy Ganjoo Singh is a resident of her home town Srinagar in Kashmir.

Nancy is a dreamer with a passion and a nature lover. She is a strong believer in the Almighty whose omnipresence is felt by her in every walk of life and everything in nature bestowed upon us by the Almighty.

Besides many other areas of special interest, Nancy is a poet and a writer as well. Having lost her husband to an illness a couple of years ago, she pours her pain into her poetry.

Poems:--

  1. मेरे हमसफ़र
  2. Intoxicated

मेरे हमसफ़र

मेरे जीवन की बगिया के माली ,
सूना है वीरान है इस बगिया का हर कोना ,
बिन तुम्हारे कोई फूल इसमें खिलता नहीं,
बस खला है इसका साथी ।

Dacoits and Encounters in the 1960s

Author: 
Pamela Mathur

Pamela Mathur was born in Agra, Uttar Pradesh in 1953. She obtained her B.A. (History) and M.A. (English Literature) from Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Pam was married in 1975 and enjoyed living in various parts of India thanks to her husband, Ashok, who was posted to several cities across India during his career.

Pam is currently living a retired life in Pune, Maharashtra. Both her daughters are settled.

Pain and poetry in the Himalayas

Author: 
Nancy Ganjoo Singh
Nancy Ganjoo Singh

Nancy Ganjoo Singh is a resident of her home town Srinagar in Kashmir.

Nancy is a dreamer with a passion and a nature lover. She is a strong believer in the Almighty whose omnipresence is felt by her in every walk of life and everything in nature bestowed upon us by the Almighty.

Besides many other areas of special interest, Nancy is a poet and a writer as well. Having lost her husband to an illness a couple of years ago, she pours her pain into her poetry.

Poems:--

  1. एहसास
  2. धड़कन
  3. Pain
  4. Despair
  5. Hope amidst Pain
  6. Woods
  7. उपहार
  8. विरह
  9. अनमोल

एहसास

नूर की बूँद की तरह निर्मल
एक एहसास है ,जो देता है दिल को सुकून ,
न इसे छू पाओ ,न पहचान सको,
बस धड़कते दिल से इसे महसूस करो
इक ऐसी कशिश है ये ,जो होती किसी एक से है,
ख़्यालों में वो आते है , सिहरन बदन में लाते है
वो प्यार के पल चाहे छोटे ही क्यों न हो ,
पर ज़िन्दगी बन जातें है ,
बस इक शब्द प्यार है यह

Indoor gardening during the pandemic lockdown

Author: 
Shanti Khathing
Shanti Kathing

Shanti Khathing, a Tangkhul Naga of Manipur, is a homemaker. Shanti is mother of two and a doting grandmother of two grandchildren.

After her husband's retirement from the Central government service, John and Shanti have settled in Guwahati, Assam. Shanti loves traveling. She uses her travels to learn about the new places, their cultures and customs. She is an avid nature lover and loves gardening. Shanti is a dog lover too and has over 10 pet dogs.

On account of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is passing through a very unusual time. Consequently, we have to maintain good health physically, mentally and spiritually in order to boost our immunity. Several social analysts have asserted that our lives will no longer be the same post lockdown. We will have to make several adjustments in our daily living.

My learning, my murals

Author: 
Vatsala

Vatsala Rao was born in Visakhapatnam and brought up in Sindhri, Bihar (now Jharkhand). A brilliant student all through her academic career, Vatsala always stood first in her exams. She completed her Honors in Physics from Ranchi Women’s College.

Due to the untimely death of her father she had to move to Mumbai in 1981. She married Shri Prakash Rao in 1983.

Vatsala is presently living at Jaipur with her husband. She is fond of reading books, especially Agatha Christie and P. G. Wodehouse.

A homemaker, I have continuously accompanied my husband on all his postings. On reaching Kozhikode in 2012, I was very impressed by the temple mural paintings of Kerala. Being a keen painter from childhood, I decided to pursue this rare form of art.

Mani - my sister, my twin

Author: 
Madhu Chawla

Dr. Madhu Chawla, a medical professional, graduated from Institute of Medical Sciences, Benaras Hindu University over 40 years ago. Her husband retired from active service in 2015, and the two adult sons are settled in the USA. Having satisfactorily executed domestic and professional commitments, Madhu now works, on a charitable basis, with three NGOs. Giving back to society, for Madhu, is a dream come true. She also worked with underprivileged children with Times of India, in their Teach India programme for two years.

January 27th, 2020. 3.45pm. I am standing outside the bank premises where I had spent about 15 minutes. Suddenly, my mobile jingled. As soon as I pick it up, I hear my brother-in- law Kamesh say, “Mani is no more”.

Silence. On both sides. His perhaps, as he had conveyed all that was needed, in those four words. Me, because this bolt from the blue had stunned me into silence.

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