Women's World

Giving wings to weavers

  Nikhat Mariyam Neerushaa is a name synonymous to Grandeur and magnanimous opus that we see on Hindi Television. She has films like Jodhaa Akbar and Bajirao Mastani along with TV shows like Chandrakanta, Siya Ke Ram, Razia Sultan, Devon Ke Dev Ma..

Select it right!

  Voonik shares the most important suggestion to select the perfect pair of denims while shopping. Enclosed are the list of suggestions from Voonik to understand the fabric, and purchase the denims basis the body type. Bhavya Chawla, Chief St..

Make way for the messy bun

    By sanaya chavda For her first official engagement for the year, Meghan Markle made heads turn with her choice of updo. The royal appeared to be breaking protocol by sporting a knotted chignon, with a few loose strands framing her face...


  If there is a choice, and a woman takes the route of providing sexual favours for getting work, who can judge her for that? It is quid pro quo if the woman is going into it with her eyes open and using her sexuality to get what she wants. Some y..

The daily dilemma of a working mother

  By sonal fuke “To do or not to do….” is a dilemma that almost every modern, aware, sensible and educated woman faces everyday when she is juggling her duties towards her profession, children, husband, kitchen and other househ..

Grassroot designs

  By nivedita What happens when women from ‘silai schools’ in rural India up the ante under the expert guidance of fashion designers? They not only hone their skills and amplify their earning potential but also learn about fashion, ga..


  By UMA RAMACHANDRAN “A woman has to prove her ability twice over to be accepted in this society. But once she makes a beginning, it is a cakewalk,” says Sushma Swaraj. But she testifies that there was not a single occasion in her 41..

Weddings we

    By biraj dixit It is upon us again. The great Indian wedding season - with all its gregariousness and grandiose, congeniality and compunction, chaos and chagrins - is upon us. The great wedding – a powerful prelude to life’s..

Let conscience guide

    By aditi singh It was a Class 3 classroom. The English teacher wrote down 10 words on the blackboard for the children to copy for the next day’s dictation test. They all did so. The next day, the dictation was given and the papers..

Sindoor - A matter of choice

    By durga chakravarty For some, sindoor signifies tradition and is a celebration of womanhood. For others, it’s an outdated statement women make about their marital status. Designer Masaba Gupta, who has sought inspiration from ver..

A storyteller by heart

    By iffat amjad sheikh And this is how the Pied Piper played the magical pipe to drive away the rats from the city of Hamelin... is a staple food for bedtime stories since ages. We all want to recreate the world of ‘once upon a tim..

Queer leaks, these!

    By biraj dixit What a leaking world we live in! Everything you say, do or prepare for, can drip out leaving very little with you. Luxurious words like privacy, secrecy and confidentiality are coming at an even higher price. The moment y..

Summer hacks for your feet

    The season of sunshine has arrived so step out safe and in style this season with healthy feet by opting for the right footwear.Kanika Bhatia, Chief Experience Officer, Egoss -- a premium menswear leather shoe brand and Ayush Diwan ..

The handmade khadi denim

  By Heena Khandelwal It’s simply called, ‘Khadi Denim’, but Delhi-based label 11.11’s regular blue jeans is a special garment. Made from an indigenous variety of cotton called kala cotton that is cultivated pesticide-free..

Make your own Style Statement

    By krina panjwani Being stylish is synonymous with being confident. It’s all about the comfort and certainty with which one carries different attires, be it Indian, western or indo western fusion. Being stylish also suggests weari..


      Our country has a rich cultural heritage embedded with love sagas - our Gods, mythologies and history are full of references to love stories that are famous legends across the world. However, India remains a conservative society ..

The selfie effect

    By sanaya chavda Nailing the perfect selfie has become a lot more than just about perfecting your hair and make-up. The desire to look good has sparked an increase in cosmetic surgery procedures across the world. Whether it is to upload..

Being too emotional; turning flaws into attributes!

    By apurva jagdale Universally, it is the genetic set up of a woman to be over possessive or to be too emotional. These are inborn attributes and their excess may damage personality and disturb the psychological health of a woman. Krupa,..

Unhealthy Foods That Are Actually Good

            By SARAH HAAN Why is it that so many delicious and healthful foods have gotten such bad raps? We could blame the sensational headlines in the media or your Uncle Jack’s lack of understanding about t..

The poor man’s saffron!

  By Anthony Kuriakose There is no herb that can be used for various uses- ranging from beauty aids to cancer - like Turmeric. In 2015 The international price of turmeric was 120 rupees a kilo and the price of one kilo of saffron was nearly 4000 ..

All about the lash

    By Sanaya Chavda Temporary options There are various treatments currently available for eyelashes including eyelash enhancing serums, eyelash extensions and lash lift. Dr Madhuri Agarwal, founder and medical director of Yavana Aesthetic..


    By biraj dixit Euphoria is that cloud under the cover of which one can rarely see the Sun of reason. Hence, one should always let those showers and drizzles die down before one can even start to feel or think, says the wisdom of the yor..


    By Dr RAchana datey We all have seen our mothers, grandmothers managing the household competently. They were organised, disciplined and always in control. In today’s world the role of women is magnified many folds. She manages her..

The invincible:

  By bhavana akella Never give up -- these were the simple yet profound words that kept Virali Modi, 26, fighting on after a deadly bout of malaria had her comatose for weeks and left her paraplegic and wheelchair-bound at the age of 14. In coma ..


  By biraj dixit,           Euphoria is that cloud under the cover of which one can rarely see the Sun of reason. Hence, one should always let those showers and drizzles die down before one can even start to feel o..

Walking for a cause

  By somrita ghosh Eleven states, 3,600 kms and 260 days. One woman is on a mission to cover the entire stretch from Kanyakumari to Kashmir -- on foot, and all alone. Meet Srishti Bakshi who has taken up this mission to create awareness about the..

Aruna & Navjot: The new role models

  By veturi srivatsa A dversity brings the best out of champions. Two girls have shown precisely that, and in the process pushed cricket, Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri to the margins of Indian sport, at least for a week. The two young ladies excel..


  By anita rao Women Entrepreneurship has succinctly been defined by the Government of India as ‘An Enterprise owned and controlled by a women having a minimum financial interest of 51% of the capital and giving at least 51% of the employme..

Taking the ‘in-law’ out of the relationship

  By aditi singh Who says we are perfect and so are our relationships? We live in such a world where everything under the sun is first created, flourished and then showcased. Talking about relationships and to even name a few wouldn’t be he..

Should Parents Go Easy With Their Kids

  By urmila meshram *Parenting is for a lifetime.* We can’t define it for a certain limit, or we can’t use it to fulfill our own requirements. If we do so, we will not be a parent anymore. *Raising a child is not to gain fruits out of..

A brave new different world

By azera rahman The ‘once-upon-a-time’ and ‘happily-ever-after’ fairytales that children and young adults are heavily fed on while growing up have often reinstated patriarchal notions and gender stereotypes: the princess is almost..

Preserving for tomorrow

When nature is giving with abundance, preserve the excess for another day. Preserved rhubarbMakes: 3 jarsPreparation time: 20 minutesCooking time: 10 minutesTotal time: 30 minutes Ingredients:2kg rhubarbPinch of salt50 ml lemon juice Method:Use the r..

Lemon power

Use this miracle fruit for cleaning and so much more with our tips and tricks.Lemons are not only good for keeping fruit from browning and for flavouring your water or tea. They are also incredibly useful for cleaning your home and making everyday chore..

Tips to decorate a small garden

Lacking space? Beautify a small garden with these creative ideas. Part of the joy of having a garden is expressing your love of plants and being outdoors in a peaceful and relaxed setting. But how do you make the most of a limited space? Here are six t..

Yours, ‘Evident’ly…!

        By biraj dixit ‘Love sets you free’. ‘Love is the bond of perfection’. ‘Love is trembling happiness’. ‘Love is silent’. ‘Love is blind’. ‘Love sees fart..

Wherever you go: A new world of relocating husbands

Gargi Banerjee was doing her post-graduation in English and Satyaki Bhattacharya was working as an engineer when they met in Kolkata. In 2008, Banerjee completed her MA (Master of Arts) and moved to Delhi to work in publishing, while her boyfriend staye..

Bend it like the Alakhpura girls: Football empowers in a Haryana village

By mudita girotra On a cold and wet winter afternoon, some 30 km from the district headquarters of Bhiwani, tired boys buckled up to return home after seven hours of school. But for the girls, the ringing of the closing bell was a signal to don their kit..


  By shalini sharma, With Lakme India Fashion Week happening as one writes this, we’re all praise for the stellar efforts of the fashion week organisers to promote the sustainability cause, which in India means promoting handloom weaves. Ha..

Veganism is the hottest food trend in Israel

  By prashant sood, Amira, a housewife belonging to the Druze community, is busy chopping vegetables in her home in Dalyat el Carmel, a serene and quaint town in the Carmel mountains near Israel’s Haifa city. It takes her about an hour to r..

Desert Communities Lead Water Conservation

  By alka pande, The summer of 2014 was one of the worst years for Rohini Devi. Three of her goats died in quick succession that year. The temperatures were soaring and all the water bodies in the vicinity had dried up. The 45-year-old remembers ..

“Women are stronger species, we need to stand up for them”, Priyanka Raina

  By Nivedita, Priyanka Raina, wife of cricketer Suresh Raina and also an entrepreneur who runs a foundation dedicated to aid underprivileged mothers across the country, says that women are the strongest species on the mother earth and we need to..

Hijab is no hurdle:

  By mohammed shafeeq, “I want to become a pilot.” When she instinctively answered a question at an event over a decade ago, the dream of a humble bakery worker’s daughter had started growing wings. Hijab-wearing Syeda Salva Fat..

Of high heads and crouched future

      By biraj dixit,       If I could have only located my orange dupatta on time, it would have been a truly fulfilling Republic Day for me. I had planned for it early on and mine was to be the most perfect attir..

Expert tips to invest in the right sunscreen for your skin

  By ANITA GAUR, If you are sunning without using a sunscreen, it can do more harm than good. Blistering summer is officially here, so you need to seek solutions. From sun-spots to freckles and even skin cancer, the harmful UV rays are something ..

Jewellery to complement handloom saris

  When you drape yourself in woven silks that not just exude a festive fervour but also lend an elegance, the look can be brightened if you choose the right jewellery to complement the attire, suggest experts. Tarang Arora, Creative Director at A..

She Climbs to Conquer

    By vincent van ross,   At 10.00 am on Sept 25, 2017, Aparna Kumar reached the summit of Mt. Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world and unfurled the tricolour to become the first Indian woman to scale this inhospitable mount..

Divided we are

  By Biraj Dixit, What a divided world we are living in?!! Everybody seems in such utter disagreement with one another. Utterly devastated, warring nations are in disagreement when to call truce. Presidents utter un‘hole’y words that ..

Making memories to cherish for a lifetime

  Birth photography is about capturing the raw and real emotions of the event and un-photoshopped moment as it unfolds.... Once considered a behind-closed-doors affair, the powerful, emotional and beautiful journey of birth has now turned in..

I resolve…yes…err

  By biraj dixit, It is hardly the time of year to look back. The year has just started and all one should do is look forward. There is no question of looking back unless you are yet reeling under the hangover of the previous year’s drunken..

Gift Experiences

  This holiday season, select the perfect gift for your family. Gift them experiences - that they will cherish forever....   This season, give something that can’t be wrapped: an unforgettable experience. No one wants to imagine her g..

The turn of the tide

  By manisha karwa, A New Zealand port town is where INSV Tarini's all-women crew have paused to ponder before setting sail for the third, and perhaps the most arduous leg of their maiden global circumnavigation, finds out the writer &ldquo..

New Year, New Page

  By Biraj Dixit, Another year draws to a close. Another year pulls the steady stream of time aside to dip in some of its own fables and tales. And like a drifting pebble, a tiny soul floats on the waves of time, all engrossed in thinking of its ..

'Keto diet is a lifestyle'

  By harshada rege, Jaydeep Bhuta, at 30, has a remarkable story for those who are struggling with obesity. In 2014, he was at his unhealthiest. He weighed over 142 kg with his waist measuring 52 inches. From then to now, he has made his mark as ..

Your side? My side? Stay aside

  By biraj dixit, Do films really help in changing outlook?  Can they malign a very respectable part of history by mere depiction? It is nobody’s fault. Nobody is in the wrong actually. That, of course, does not mean that everybody i..

Being A Female Super Randonneur

  By dr aarti kelkar, "Never let your fear decide your future !!""Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being excited about what could go right." These two quotes constantly kept inspiring and guiding me while accepting the challeng..

The Saga of Cheese in India

    By pheroze kharegat, Most Indian cheese makers belong to a small and exclusive group — artisan cheese makers — who disdain processed cheese and instead believe in producing natural cheeses and are following in the footstep..

When Life Comes Full Circle

  By rakhi ghosh, “I am old, widowed and living all by myself. I am financially secure but I have one serious problem and that is loneliness. My children are settled outside the state and are busy chasing lucrative careers while my grandchi..

Know the zari in your sari

  By homai sagar, With the price of gold /silver/ and even silk skyrocketing in the past one year, the zari in your Sari, which is an amalgam all these three is in real trouble. Zari bought by weavers in Kanchipuram or Benares comes in spools, (k..

Dhanyawad, Oxford!

  By Biraj Dixit,       AMIDST the raging debate of ‘ease of doing business’ in India, I declare my whole-hearted support to any move that can bring about ease. Though much like the voices from the Government, the ..

How To Have Healthy Relationships

  By kv gautam, Honesty is the best policy in relationships. If you are used to telling lies to people then you will soon find it tough to tell more lies. You will end up finding yourself in a trouble as your lies will be exposed one day and you ..

Plaid perfect

  By manish mishra, Tartan seems to be the major trend for Resort 2018... esigners across the board have toyed with the classic plaid this season. Fendi sent out a pantsuit in grey checks and Louis Vuitton flirted with it in edgy pattern and tex..

Sweet Ravioli with Lacha Rabdi

  Sweet Ravioli stuffed with paneer and dry fruits, soaked in sugar syrup and served with Rabdi. Sweet Ravioli is very close to our Indian dessert Karanji. These look royal when served with garnishings. Try it out for and make a great impression o..

With best compliments!

By BIRAJ DIXIT, Compliments, give me some and win me over! There is nothing in this entire world as charming and as disarming as compliments. With them, you thrive and blossom. With them, your affections for your own good self stand vindicated. With ..

Eating smart

By dr rani bhutada, PARENTS YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF FOOD EDUCATIONFood Education is an integral and essential part of Education. Information about Balanced Diet, Nutrition and Diet Discipline should be solemnly put into practise by parents at home since t..

The very God-fearing me!

    By Biraj Dixit, God-fearing, am I? Oh, absolutely.I fear nothing more than God. He is great. He is omnipotent and omniscient and He is hardly going to find a more intense devotee than myself. One look from the sky and I am the one He ..

Safety tips for solo female travellers

  By bharti nadkarni, A female solo traveller is always at risk no matter where she is. Here are 10 important tips on safety, by a traveller who has travelled solo for over a decade. 1. Be alertYou must be super alert if you are travelling alone..

Designing for posterity

  By ishani pankule, The designer, with an eponymous label, believes that each garment she creates is deeply rooted in the Indian spirit and effortlessly modern. Her lack of formal training in designing in fact has helped her to create her own de..

Pumpkin Pistachios Tawa Kebab

  To make: 4 Kebabs. Ingredients: 150 gm orange yellow pumpkin (bhopla or kumbhda), blanched and mashed20 gm pistachios (pista), blanched1 ts finely chopped ginger (adrak)3 green chillies, finely chopped¾ tsp turmeric (haldi) powder¾..

The Game is afoot

    By biraj dixit Seasons, seasons!We once were so sure of them. Now, they are giving the human the taste of his own medicine by making unpredictability their biggest asset. They, too, have been in human company for long and know that pr..

Play with your sari for a different look

  Saris can be formal, sexy, fun, traditional and so much more but wearing them in one style can make the most interesting and expensive look a tad boring. How about giving this six yard wonder a different draping every time you step out? Fashion ..

GST through the eyes of a woman

  By biraj dixit, They have often been accused of not seeing much. They have also been accused of understanding even less. So to look into serious issues of national good and complicated matters of finance, the eyes of a woman, can, by no means..

Sanchaita's Ready To Bring Lasting Change

  It all started with a visit to an impoverished village where Sanchaita Gajapati Raju got an opportunity to see rural life from close quarters. Among other social concerns she observed an acute lack of basic conveniences, especially clean drinkin..

Style tricks to look taller

  Short in height? Wear flared jeans, deep V shaped necklines and long topcoats to appear taller, say experts. Salesh Grover, Business Head, OSL Luxury Collections Pvt. Ltd - Corneliani, and Vandana Anurag, Founder of The Parisian Boudoir (online-..

Learn or unlearn?

    By biraj dixit     All vacations must come to an end. These wise words have never left my side and are as unsparing to me as they are to everybody else. As the vacation is fast coming to an end my air is filled with an une..

Virtual Classrooms That Proffer Education And Peace

  Nidhi Shendurnikar, an independent researcher, took up the challenge to teach English to Afghan youths because she felt like she had “a duty towards these brilliant young people who deserved better life opportunities as much as we do.&rdqu..

Plagiarism is by-product of fashion industry:

  By nIvedita Her designs are widely replicated by shop owners, and bought by those who want to ace their style quotient in an affordable way, but designer Anita Dongre feels plagiarism is a by-product of the fashion industry. However, she says a..

And the unending tussle continues

  Scene 1: A beautiful and smart girl in her 20s is married to a businessman. She walks down the aisle with many dreams in her eyes of finally settling down with her Prince Charming. The fairy tale sees an abrupt end. The news of a ‘newly-we..

A forgotten recipe of Maharashtra Coriander Mutton:

By sumit paul, Pakistani writer and scholar Dr Fahmida Riyaaz once aptly remarked that, “Food brings people of different countries together.” In the present context, one should say that food brings people of two warring countries together, ..

Cook it upby Mona Asoka Verma

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For the women,by the women

Though the publishing industry is dominated by men, there is one leading publishing company in India run entirely by young women. Imagine a ship navigated by all women sailors or a steel plant run by all women engineers and labourers. Difficult to imag..

Tips & tricks to prevent fading of colour treated hair

By n By By NATALIE NICHOLS If you colour your hair, there’s no doubt that you spend quite a bit of hard-earned cash, as well as precious time, sitting in hair salons each year to keep your colour looking gorgeous. And if you’re like many p..

On 25 Years of The National Commission For Women

We brought out Voice of the Voiceless, a report on the Status of Muslim Women in India. Among its several far reaching recommendations was one for stopping the practice of instant triple talaq and multiple marriages, in accordance with the provisions of..

Would you pass the gendar test

Women bring to their writing the truth of their bodies, and an enquiry into the different ways in which gender inequity shapes human experiences (and destroys lives). Many female writers also place women protagonists at the centre of their work and many..

Spring clean your skin

By Pallavi Aman Singh NEW DELHI, Feb 18 (ANI) SOON, the winter will be gone, unfortunately leaving behind some chilling effects. As the days get longer and the temperatures begin to shin up, off go the jumpers and boots and on come the skin-exposing g..

Go the bohemian way

  Go the bohemian way PRAMITA BOSE Are you a bohemian at heart but shy of admitting it? Well, throw your inhibitions to the wind and discover the rebel in you thisseason. For ‘boho chic’ is taking the fashion scene by storm. Derived ..

Rajasthan gets first woman Qazis

Afroz Begum (right) and Jahan Aara who became the first women Qazis in Rajasthan after completing a two-year training course from Mumbai-based Darul Uloom-i-Nisawa, in Jaipur on Monday. (PTI) JAIPUR, Feb 8 (PTI) BREAKING down stereotypes, Afroz Beguma..

Why buy when you can hire!!

  July 7 By Banalata Bipani With about one marriage per family every 20 years, India averages roughly one crore of marriages every year, costing 110000 crores of rupees. That means on an average, an expense of 110000 rupees (one lakh an..