The Lady Loan Shark #ShortStory

I met Kala aunty after ages- it had been almost 12 years. I last remember when I was in college, she had come visiting our place from Mumbai. She and her little daughter Meera  We played with Meera in the backyard, she was barely 10. I was pleased to see the young 24 year old… Continue reading The Lady Loan Shark #ShortStory

Being Myself- Unapologetic

The perfectly cooked, neither burnt nor raw, round chapatis laden with desi ghee neatly stacked one on top of the other lay in the casserole. Dal tadka and aloo shaak, peas pulao and boondi raita- and today’s speciality gajar ka halwa adorned the dinner table. A skill every woman ought to master to rule her… Continue reading Being Myself- Unapologetic

I bleed RED- #BarAThon

Vinodini could never forget that day, it was etched firmly in her memory. She was celebrated, revered like a Goddess. It all started when she spotted a few drops of blood in her panty and shrieked in horror. She thought she would die and she hurriedly called her mother. On seeing the blood, Amma smiled… Continue reading I bleed RED- #BarAThon

Set yourself free and see how beautiful life can be- #ALetterToHer

Dear comrade, You, yes you the ultra-woman, the corporate honcho who everyone looks up to. Everyone is in awe of you and secretly wish they could step into your 3.5 inch Jimmy Choo heels. I was one among them till I attended that office promotion party which completely shook me and showed me the harsh… Continue reading Set yourself free and see how beautiful life can be- #ALetterToHer

Lessons in parenting and life from Swiss

One of the highlights of 2016 for me was my maiden European trip to Switzerland. It was an official trip for a month to the financial hub Zurich and I took my mum and daughter along as it was a good opportunity for them to visit a new place. The trip was fabulous personally as… Continue reading Lessons in parenting and life from Swiss

The Daughter I Never Had

This is Part 2 of a short series I wrote about relationships that are not picture perfect, they do exist and its important to acknowledge that not everything is perfect, the stories of strained relations need to be told as well. You can read Part 1- “The Mother I never had” here https://akswrites.com/2017/05/20/the-mother-i-never-had/ As I… Continue reading The Daughter I Never Had

Here’s why we need to read Chimamanda

Its difficult to pick a favorite but a quote which completely took me into its grip and brings to light something so significant which impacts me as a woman, a daughter, a mother, a writer, a working woman who relentlessly works towards reaching the top rungs of the ladder is- “We teach girls to shrink… Continue reading Here’s why we need to read Chimamanda