Woman of Substance – Chitra Rochlani

Change is the only constant, as it is said. In our lifetime we make a lot of changes – to our jobs, to our choices of cities to live in, to our family status, education and otherwise. But what it does it mean to make a life-altering change to YOURSELF? Because when you think about…

Woman of Substance – Manisha Mundhra Beriwala

Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights is the biggest and most popular Indian festival that occurs in the fall season, typically around Oct-Nov. We think, living in the United States, now that Presidents typically light the lamp in the White House on that day, that most people would be aware of the importance of the…

Sakhi Awards Special Mentions

Things That A Bra Contains  By Kanupriya Dhingra Mobile phones, candies, shopping lists, stretch marks, your gaze, cash and coins, cuss words and their meanings, and, at times, also, a pair of breasts — Things that a bra contains Because there were never enough pockets in our bonnets and blouses. *** Kanupriya Dhingra is a…

Sakhi Awards Special Mentions

Keep me burning By Preeti Vangani  I practiced crossing my legs the way my father daggered his eyes at mother if I wore shorts. Twin openings exposing more than what they could hold inside. It took me three sex-ed classes & a crushed pamphlet to know that I must fold and hold my body like…

Shimul

a poem for womens day

Sakhi Awards Third Prize

  They Come For the Old Women By Thadra Sheridan When the neighbor came for my aunt she was alone as was more often than not; husband long dead, grandchildren scattered to bigger towns, daughter in a home of her own. This place haunted with echoes, the piano at family gatherings her fingers now too…

Sakhi Awards Second Prize

Bowls After Shanta By Lisa Zou Ten times over— she says, if you say marriage enough times, it sounds like cage. In Nepal, Shanta scrawls numbers in italics and paints scenery you might find on the oldest of cave walls. Every other woman cannot read the books Westerners come in droves with. There are too…

Sakhi Awards First Prize

Winner of the first prize in the Sakhi Awards 2018.     Green Thumb By Matilda Berke When you wake on the mornings when coffee is not enough to stir the ashes in your stomach, brew a misty carafe & take the grounds out to the garden. Every seed is welcome here, each layer of leaf…

Sakhi Awards Winners

  Wishing all our readers a Happy Women ‘s Day! After months and days of reading, sifting and shuffling through the 150 odd submissions that we received for the Sakhi Awards this year, we are now ready to announce our three winners and two special mentions.   The decision has by no means been easy….