Rejection Scars

by Roudri Bandyopadhyay The first time I got my nose pierced, my body rejected it. The body’s first reaction to anything alien is usually to reject it. People’s bodies reject blood or medicines; mine rejected a piercing. It was gold, supposedly suitable for my skin. My skin doesn’t react violently to gold and yet when…

What they said

by Jonaki Ray They said that you look like your mother, but you are shorter and have a darker complexion. She was a catch in her heyday. Even now her hair and skin are so good. You, on the other hand, are running around on the sports ground all day as if a bull is…

Unfreedom

by Shlagha Borah “Where do old birds go to die?”-The Ministry of utmost happiness ………………………………………………………………………….. “Pari, you’re like a colour, so go paint your skies however you want to. Pink, yellow, or you could stick to the more common blue, that is, if you like blue. You can paint your sun green, and make your…

The Mathurs’ Annual Picnic

by Poorvi Gaur It was a happy sunny afternoon at the Lodhi garden. The birds were flying high in the sky making circles and echelons while the dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals of the park soaked in the winter sun, running around, chasing each other. Rows of winter jasmines, marigolds and crocus outlined the…

A story of Ghor

by Shweta Mani Azeeza lost her virginity at age fourteen. To her twenty year old husband, on their wedding night. Blood had flown, leaving red stamps on the white sheets. And the family had celebrated the joyous occasion. Wedding, marriage consummation, the bride and groom certified for purity and potency respectively – all legitimate causes…

Women and Domesticity

by Tasneem Khan This series is about domesticity, about purdah, an element often associated with womanhood, and yet marred with a vague representation and numerous stereotypes in collective conscience.  It is an authentic documentation of the women I have often seen toiling within the clayed walls of their house as much as their husbands labour…

Hugs

by Prachi Shah The family tried their best to make her feel at ease but the one thing Sonal and Indu couldn’t refrain from was hugging each other and pulling each other’s cheeks. It was how they were – proximity meant multiple hugs, caresses and kisses. And it made baa squirm, although after two weeks,…

TWI Women’s Day 2021 Contest Winners

Thanks to all who submitted their pieces for TWI’s Women’s Day 2021 Contest. We enjoyed reading all your work, and we are so appreciative that you chose to participate and send your poems to us. Here are our 5 winners and their winning poems, in no particular order. Mansi Vijay – “A lease“ lessor/lɛˈsɔ ː…

The Woman Ink: Conversation with Bhaswati Ghosh

Bhaswati Ghosh talks to Pooja Garg, Founder – The Woman Inc. as her new book, Victory Colony 1950, comes out from Yoda Press. She also shares an excerpt from the book. The Woman Ink series brings conversations with women authors. Amala’s thoughts went back to her plan. The fact that it would be after work…

TWI Poetry: Blue is the colour of love

Sanjhee Gianchandani Blue is the colour of love When you saw me first I was dressed in blue  A dress gifted by my deceased mother Whose choice was dismissed by you  I mustn’t have seen it then We met at the poolside cafe later  You ordered a fancy crème brûlée And mocked me for my…