TWI Poetry – Mother to Son

They say peas in a pod are born together I was reborn with your birth, morning-cusp-baby, 36-hour labor You made sure I was really ready for you We fused, blood to bone, heart to soul, your tiny palm curled around my finger I am not sure what your eyes saw, in what color, where you…

TWI Woman of Substance – Anu Sehgal

As parents, our aim is always to try and pass on our values to the next generation. Especially for those who hail from one country and live abroad, the need to do so becomes all the more important. Most of us know that early childhood is the best phase of life to impart the gifts…

TWI Empowerment Series #Gaslighting

At office. So he didn’t touch, but wanted to. Made no advances but expected to be pandered to. And when faced with resolute indifference, made things difficult. Promotions, pay rises, small perks – nothing came one’s way. To the point one left. Not a MeToo story. Not the binary of yes or no, happened or…

TWI Poetry #Metoo Some Poems in Exploration

There are many facets to this hashtag. Not just stories or experiences but the untold, unshared, many of them in the spirit of a celebration. Curious, excited, coming of age, nervous, a voice, nevertheless. Perhaps, the hashtag is not only about finding a voice to raise a voice but also hold a head high, raise…

TWI Woman of Substance – Deepshikha Sairam

Many of us on this planet use and/or are addicted to social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – the like. We enjoy posting, perusing, getting ideas and tips in a relaxed, online setting. But now let’s meet someone whose vision goes beyond these and who thinks social media can be gainfully employed to purposes other than…

TWI Poetry #Metoo #Rights#VoicesinPoetry

  (Picture borrowed from the Internet) Violence against women or episodes of misbehaviour and assault are not new or recent. Though many of them are now coming out of their own shadows against the guilty, there have been several of them who have used their voice and words as expression. Here are a few poems…

TWI News Circle – 11/5/18

Ethiopia’s parliament has made Sahle-Work Zewde the country’s first female president. And while the role is largely ceremonial, her appointment carries power in what it signifies. Sahle-Work, an experienced diplomat, is the first female head of state in Ethiopia’s modern history. In June, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Sahle-Work as special representative to the African Union and…

TWI Woman of Substance – Sejal Lakhani-Bhatt

The technology and financial services landscape can be tough for a woman – pardon the stereotype, but the aggressive nature of the job, coupled with travel and bending over backwards for the client is in general very demanding for someone who wants to achieve a work-life balance, especially one who wants to be dutifully involved…

TWI Poetry – Star-Crossed

I remember a different time when Orion brought us good luck. When the Big Dipper would point to Sirius, and we thought the spirit of every dog lived there When I would stare at your freckled back and look for a map of cities where we would go, where we would separate The hunt is…

TWI Woman of Substance – Nirupa Umapathy

Let’s face it. For most people who are involved in the rat race of life, there is very less or no time at all to self-reflect. We are cogs in a wheel. Or to give a more current and apt analogy, we are like that bus in the movie Speed. If we fall under a…