She is a woman…

Is it a culture Is it a flower Is it an emotion? She is a woman She is a whole new tradition…   Is it a caged bird? Are the words really what you heard? She is a woman She is a whole new commotion…   Do you see her fly across the blue sky? … Continue reading She is a woman…

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #125

Welcome to Women's Week! Do the rest of the weeks in a year do not belong to women? 🙂 They sure do, but I choose women and womanhood as the theme for this week's prompt. PROMPT #125 Reena's Exploration Challenge #125 The image and quotes are indicative, not restrictive. You have full freedom to write … Continue reading Reena’s Exploration Challenge #125

A Writer is Born

“I’ll trust your judgement. A woman has superior intuition.” “We’ve peddled this theory for long. Actually, it is about a capability for lateral vision, something that men don’t have. We capture fleeting expressions in a nano-second, and it gives clues to the person’s psyche.” “I should be careful with my expressions, when I’m around a … Continue reading A Writer is Born

Latent heat

No. It’s not about you. That was just me - seething inside with rage at your barbed innuendos, controlling the desire to pour water on your passionate demands after a battle of stinging words and setting the breakfast table, as if nothing happened last night. I wish it was a nightmare, but it isn’t. I … Continue reading Latent heat

What happened to Shupnakha

This is about three women from the epic Ramayan - Sita who has to walk through fire to prove her purity. Yet, she is banished to the forest a few years later with her sons, for an aspersion cast on her character by a washerman. Valmiki's Ramayan is written during her anonymous stay in the … Continue reading What happened to Shupnakha


For those not familiar with the story Draupadi was a princess married to five brothers (the personality of each symbolized a certain value), because their mother uttered the words “Share whatever you’ve got today.” She was humiliated in court with a stripping attempt, and where her husbands did not come to her rescue. The incident … Continue reading Draupadi


Indira has posted a thought-provoking Hindi poem in response to Reena's Exploration Challenge #77 The link to the original piece is here - Translated piece from Hindi to English A woman speaks O man! I am here where I’m supposed to be neither ahead nor behind but besides you   I never nursed … Continue reading Facilitation

Woman – her journey

PROMPT Twisted out of shape to please others, she did not recognize herself. When she rose on her feet, with straight shoulders and looked in the eyes of the world – the world did not recognize her. She has shed the burden of imposed expectations, but needs to carve out a fresh identity. Will a … Continue reading Woman – her journey

Accept your guilt

I see the rawness of your base instincts splashed all over – in homes, relationships, streets and respectable institutions. I have subjugated myself to suit your needs because I was misguided about my status in different equations. Bestiality is ingrained in you, because nobody told you it is criminal, and a backlash is possible. I … Continue reading Accept your guilt