Women in Comedy by Prajakta Paranjpe

My first impression of America, as a fresh immigrant cooped up in a tiny studio apartment on snowy days, watching rerun after rerun of famous sitcoms of the 90s was: “Americans must LOVE their comedy!” They love their comedy so much so that here, even grownups watch ‘cartoons’ like Family Guy, South Park, and The…

Nayomi Munaweera was my teacher : Ariadne Wolf

I’m sitting here, November 2017, in the raucous Mills College tea shop with Nayomi Munaweera, my MFA workshop professor here for the past four months. Bright-eyed and clever, Munaweera’s classes involve loud outbursts of laughter, dissection of modern politics, and sensitive yet probing critiques. Prone to disconcertingly penetrating smiles, bright lipstick and better clothes than her students, Munaweera makesfor a terrifying professor. In…

TWI Woman of Substance : Pooja Krishna

Networking is not just about connecting with people. It is also about connecting people with ideas, opportunities and skills. And when it comes to women, it is almost a necessity. As they say, a mixture of empathy and brainstorming can move mountains. One woman’s success can only help another’s. In that context, let’s meet Pooja…

TWI Woman of Substance – Swapna Patel

Let’s face it. Most of the time, women are not in need of “designer” clothing. We want pieces that go with our lives, our personalities and our needs. And then there are stylists who do this as a hobby, sometimes clothes, sometimes jewelry. How nice it would be to have a trained professional who can…

TWI Poet – Janna Grace

I smell like onions after eating your story it’s the same rose of corn that bubbles in a stew of your chunky untruth. It makes me sick my mom says because we cannot process onions and garlic and leeks that our bodies cannot take it in it spills them out every pore. Even the ducts…

TWI Woman of Substance – Swati Goorha

What most of us see as a house, some see as a home, a living space, that brings out the best in us, fills us with positivity, and increases our productivity and happiness quotient. In our busy lives, we tend to ignore these finer details and a home just becomes a place to hang your…

TWI Woman of Substance – Roma Bajaj Kohli

Most women today, especially those of us in the western hemisphere, are at a high risk of burnout, thanks to the demands of everyday life. We want to be it all, do it all, and in this search for perfection, a part of us goes unrecognized and unacknowledged. That part is our soul, our prana, which…

TWI Emerging Poet : Whitney Roberts Hill

Parthenogenesis   Siddhartha Gautama was born from his mother’s side. In lean times, plants so split. The pup of a new one tucked like a hexadactyly under her petal skirts. The seeds that are made of one woman alone in the desert; no bees, no man.  Just a copy of her own genes.  Just a…

TWI Poem of the day

Courtesy : poets.org Crescent Moons Natalie Eilbert When the forensic nurse inspected me, she couldn’t see the tenderness he showed me after. My walk homesquirmed sore with night. I passed the earthworms displaced to sidewalk, their bodies apostrophed in the sun. I did not anticipate a grief so small, my noun of a prayer, Eat dirt…

TWI Poetry: On Ageing

LOVERS’ ATLAS You ask more of me my friend  Almost lover More of my body but a lot Less of my weary heart Beaten heart Heart sucked dry of hope What do I have to give you Save a map of shrivelled scars Sprawled haywire across The breadth of my ageing body Not beautiful and…