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Exploring Womanhood Through Stories

Yes, we have five different stories that explore different facets of womanhood in their unique ways. ‘Covetous’ by Gauri Trivedi discusses the interesting things that a woman discovers at a women’s club. Jeevanjyoti Chakraborty’s ‘Miss’ talks about the worries of Anurag Dixit and yes, it’s a woman who is the cause for his worry. Anupama Krishnakumar’s ‘Two Women, And Then Another Two!’ explores how women really perceive other women and questions whether they realise that each woman’s needs and ideas could be different from another. Vani Viswanathan’s story is all about how a woman realises she is a ‘feminist’ after all. Finally, Shreya Ramachandran writes a story about three women and how one of them learns to apply Maya Angelou’s words , “I’m a woman, phenomenally phenomenal woman, that’s me.” to the other two women she knows. Catch all these stories here.

Giving Sita a Voice

In an interview to Spark, Samhita Arni, Author and one of our Writers of the Month, talks about her book, ‘Sita’s Ramayana’ and women in mythology, among other things. Anupama Krishnakumar listens in.

Womanhood: Do I Qualify?

Womanhood is becoming a collection of images that we must all aspire to, says Aparna Vedapuri Singh. Do body parts of women have to be judged?, she questions. Aparna, one of our Writers of the Month, discusses this very important dimension in a special column.

Before They Make a Woman Out of You

Vyoma Dhar Sharma has quite a lot to say to a woman. The thoughts take birth as poetry on paper. Learn to be a woman, she says, before they make a woman out of you. So, who is the real woman? Find out.

Covetous

What happens when you become a part of a women’s club that meets every fortnight to discuss ‘important’ issues? A new entrant to this club discovers quite a bit. Gauri Trivedi writes a story.

Hope

And we dream that the sisters will grow up into a world we dream that women should live in…Art by Sreetama Ray.

Two Women, and Then Another Two!

Savithri moves into a new apartment and soon, her neighbours, Mrs. Bose and Mrs. Iyer have lots to talk about. How do women perceive women? Do they really understand that the needs and ideas of one woman could be different from another? Anupama Krishnakumar explores this perspective through a short story.

“Miss”

Anurag is deeply worried and is struggling to figure out what’s actually gone wrong with his life all of a sudden. Jeevanjyoti Chakraborty writes a gripping short story.

A Change of City, a Change in Me

Hollaback! is an international initiative that aims to spread awareness about street sexual harassment. It is currently active in 16 countries around the world. In India, Hollaback! operates in Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, and the Chennai chapter was launched in December last year. Aishwarya S, a project associate with Hollaback! Chennai talks about street sexual harassment and what she has learnt and done as part of Hollaback! Chennai.

Durga

The cover image of the March 2012 issue – Goddess Durga with her third eye symbolising the intuitive power of a woman. Done in charcoal by Sreetama Ray. Also presented here is a painting of the warrior Goddess Durga.

The Lady Cobbler of Elamkulam

A tough life in a city not her own. A life where she doesn’t know how much money she will have by the end of the day. And yet, a ready smile on the face. Shraddha Vinod Kutty talks about a migrant lady cobbler she met in 2010, and her perseverance and fighting spirit despite staring down the face of poverty.

A Conversation

Kunti is a woman who bore a big burden and also one who rewrote destiny. In this context, Parth Pandya raises an important question through a poem.

No, I said

At every stage in her life, when this woman did what she did, she was called a feminist by those around her. And every time, No, she said, until one day she realised, she was a feminist, after all. Vani Viswanathan writes a byte-sized story.

The Silent Heroines of the Indian Growth Story

Venkatesh Krishnamoorthy, co-founder of a funding organisation, Social Investment Foundation of India, talks about the importance of reaching out to women to put India on a definite track to development.