TWI Dil Se: Veena Rao

As the founder publisher of NRI Pulse—the first newspaper to be run by an Indian woman—Veena Rao talks about her journey, her sisterhood, and now her first book, Purple Lotus, which touches on the theme of domestic violence and empowerment. By Pooja Garg Congratulations on your first book! How would you describe the journey of…

TWI Woman of Substance: Why I founded SPEAK

“We were shown who we should emulate, even if that conflicted directly with who we related to.” Hetal Jani I had always been curious about gender roles and expectations while growing up. I was as fond of G.I. Joe as I was of Barbie, and struggled to understand why certain toys were for boys, others…

TWI Writerly: Didu’s Achaar

I fill my suitcase with food preparations that remind me of my childhood, tastes familiar to my tongue and reviving memories of long-lost days. But now, this is even more heightened because of the current situation.” By Susmita Bhattacharya Summer. The word summer means one thing to me. Okay, two. One is of course mangoes….

TWI Poetry and Art: Son et Lumière

Three poems and paintings by Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad The Eyes Have It I inherited but fragments of her telomeres throwaway splices of her handsome clan but when I’m two and a half Boulevardiers down it’s Mother’s eyes that twinkle back  glitching in the powder room mirror and I become briefly beautiful –  my midnight irises…

Turning 50: Looking Back – And Ahead

“Now, I’m approaching 50 and it seems like this might be the time for a check-in.” By Anusha Shrivastava Fifty. That’s the figure which struck me upon reading a birthday card in elementary school: “On every birthday morning, count your age by friends, not years.” That’s the number which seemed attainable. At the time, I…

Simplicity is radical and empowering

As Sejal Shah’s collection of essays This Is One Way to Dance comes out, a collaborative conversation between Gayatri Sethi, Sejal Shah, and Namrata Poddar. A few months ago, I was browsing my Facebook feed when not one, but two South Asian writer friends posted thoughtful praise about This Is One Way to Dance by…

TWI Dil Se with Harish Iyer

Harish Iyer, Co-founder Jimme Foundation and the only Indian to be featured in the World Pride Powerlist, opens up about his trauma as a child sexual abuse victim and his journey to healing. Trigger Warning: The following content includes text with reference to sexual abuse and violence. “Harish and I caught up with each other…

TWI Substance : Sairee Chahal

Our aim is have over a 100 million connected over the internet’ – Sairee Chahal, Founder and CEO of SHEROES in an interview with Pooja Garg, Founder Chief Editor, The Woman Inc. PG: How did you get involved in this work? They say there is usually a personal experience which propels such passion. Is there…

TWI Substance: Elsa D’Silva

‘Our crowdmap with over 12,500 stories is one of the largest in the world and has been able to contribute to the conversations, understanding of the issue and also inspire solutions at the hyper-local level.’ – Elsa D’Silva, Founder & CEO of Red Dot Foundation in an interview with Pooja Garg, Founder Chief Editor, The…

TWI Substance: Harish Iyer

‘When you know what darkness is and know the way out, it is important that we hold a torch or lend a hand into darkness to pull someone else out to light.’ – Harish Iyer, Co-founder Jimme Foundation and the only Indian to feature in the World Pride Power List, in an interview with Pooja…