a room of one's own

Published: Your Most Formative Literary Passages (The Atlantic)

This is not exactly a story or even a longform essay. But, I am still very proud of having The Atlantic feature my thoughts on the book/passage that had a life-changing effect on me.

I have written about Virginia Woolf’s ‘A Room of One’s Own’ before. It continues to be my guiding beacon in every major life decision. Continue reading Published: Your Most Formative Literary Passages (The Atlantic)

Published: So, You’re the Only Woman on the Panel (The Ladies Finger)

As pernicious as this problem is in Western and more-developed countries, it is a near-crisis in India. Whether at public events or on television/radio, women experts are rarely called on. And, if they do get a seat at the table, they are often interrupted, shouted down or belittled. Not that there aren’t cases of women on panels exhibiting these same behaviors towards their co-panelists, of course. But, the issue is one of gross imbalance. Continue reading Published: So, You’re the Only Woman on the Panel (The Ladies Finger)

Letter to a 7-year-old About the Magic and Power of Books

One of my sisters, a teacher, recently asked me to write a letter to a bunch of 6-8-year-old kids about why reading books is fun. I had to think about this one. I have been reading books from a very early age and it has been a daily habit like brushing teeth. For readers like me, there are many reasons why we read and what … Continue reading Letter to a 7-year-old About the Magic and Power of Books