Women’s Day Special: Author Reetwika Banerjee shares her thoughts

Women’s Day Special: Author Reetwika Banerjee shares her thoughts

Reetwika Banerjee is an award winning author and short filmmaker. By profession, she is a cybersecurity consultant working for global clients . Her main responsibility is to advocate precautionary measures to senior management about critical data breaches and cyber attacks.

What is the most important challenge that women face today?

Inequality. Even if we claim equality for women, until the time thoughts change, equality can never be achieved for women which i think is the biggest challenge for women in today’s world. For ex. Maternity leave for working women is 6 months but paternity leave if at all any, is hardly 5 or 10 days. Does that mean from 11th day onwards the baby becomes mother’s responsibility and father can go back full time work as earlier?

Author Reetwika

What needs to change in the next 5 years?

What I said in previous ques… our attitude towards women need to change at first. They r not baby producing machines who “enjoy” maternity benefits, free salary etc etc which unfortunately many educated persons think even today.

What is your greatest strength?

My self confidence is my greatest strength.

Women Empowerment: how pertinent the idea is?

The day when women will truly be empowered, the question will no more be raised. I hope that answers your query. 🙂

Rape cases are on a rise in India in spite of rampant protestations. Who is to be blamed according to you?

Half educated parents of modern India.

On the recent #MeToo movement, your opinion?

Awkward situations do arise at workplace, but it can be both for men and women. It should not be made typecast.

Peaceful single parenting v/s dysfunctional couple parenting?

I will go for peace for children… because I believe peace is most important for healthy mental upbringing of a child.

What advice would you give to young women of today?

Be responsible towards your kids (young mothers) so that at least u take an oath not to upbring a criminal.

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Women’s Day Special: Author Shilpa Pitroda shares her thoughts

Shilpa Pitroda is a poet, writer, and author of the  novel ” An Optonal Love and Grievances of Life”. She has spent the last decade reading and writing romance novels giving her characters palpable spark. She has also built an online platform “FADES” for spreading awareness about the people suffering from depression and provide them counselling too, that too with no charges. Shilpa lives and works out of her home at Noamundi, Jharkhand. She can usually be found reading a book, and that book will more likely to be a psychological thriller. She contributes articles on raising awareness on social issue’s in local newspapers. Her shayari’s with a tag – #kalpanicthougts are loved by people on social media’s.
Apart from this, she is a person with good heart who loves to live a simple life with her people around. She enjoys cooking for them too. If you are looking for someone to talk your heart out,  she is a great listener one can share with.

1. What are the most important challenges that women face today?

Answer- India is a country where women are given the status of a goddess. However, the problems they have to face just show the opposite of this concept. 

Author Shilpa

Firstly, violence against women is a very grave issue faced by women in India. It is happening almost every day in various forms. People turn a blind eye to it instead of doing something.Next up, we also have the issues of gender discrimination. Women are not considered equal to men. They face discrimination in almost every place, whether at the workplace or at home. Even the little girls become a victim of this discrimination. The patriarchy dictates a woman’s life unjustly. Moreover, there is also a lack of female education and the gender pay gap. Women in rural areas are still denied education for being a female. Similarly, women do not get equal pay as men for doing the same work. On top of that, they also face workplace harassment and exploitation

2. What needs to be changed in the next 5 years?

Answer-  In society for the betterment of woman, I think, the basic key (almost in all the situation) for improvement of the women will always be education of women as well as their families. Moreover by teaching the boys of every school to how to respect a girl, woman, lady equally. Government should also make strict rules for  rapist, acid attackers, domestic violence guilty and such more- the one’s who don’t respect the women.

We might not get the results over night but surely we can change the trend. Women too need to be admanent when it comes to their right, safety education and so on and so forth. I would like to believe that we get to see a society where women’s are treated with equal respect in near future.

3. What is your greatest strength?

Answer- I believe that one of the greatest strengths of women are their ability to adapt; allowing them to be both vulnerable and nurturing and strong and independent. As a women I am bless with these qualities all ready. With it, I love to write and have a great zeal to learn new things. These two skills make the greatest strength for me that rewards me in my profession. Although I have an expertise in technical writing, I also have a hand on writing for a wide range of topics. Therefore, I believe that writing for different audiences is my core strength. People also  say they see me as a dependable and reliable person. I feel obliged to help others and have helped many people in previou in their key projects or situation where they needed my expertise. I consider this as my strength also.

4. Women Empowerment: how pertinent the idea is?

Answer- It’s a fact that empowered women can cause healthy changes in society by discharging different responsibilities in different roles. No society can achieve sustainable progress with a minimal or negligible role of women. If one delves with gge wide and deep angles of the roles and responsibilities a necessity of fine tuning them would certainly pop up. For instance, no daughter is born with required manners to behave well with her parents, no women become a wife with full of knowledge and understanding of how to live with her husband, kids and laws. So regardless of her roles, she needs comprehensive training to excel.

By empowerment of women we mean the moral education, intellectual and cultural development by virtue of which a woman not only understands her status and the spirit of her roles but also know how to discharge the response in different circumstances. The success of the process of empowerment depends on mutual cooperation. Both within and outside the four walls. The society should feel it’s importance and facilitate with all possible modes to ensure a smooth and productive process of all around development. The crux of the spirit of women empowerment is to help her understand the roles and discharge the responsibilities to the perfection.

5. Rape cases are on a rise in India despite rampant protestations.  Who is to be blamed according to you?

Answer- The only things that lead to rape are wrong mentality, lack of control and insensitivity of the rapist. A victim of rape is often shun by the society and blamed for the act. Faced with this stigmatization, victims are often scared to speak out. In cases that end up in courts, the victim is equally subjected to so much scrutiny and is not given the necessary protection. All these have made victims of rape to be silent about their experiences and the act continues with impunity. Society should treat victims of rape as VICTIMS not as the perpetrators. They should be given the necessary protection. Offenders should be punished accordingly. People should be educated on these issues. They need to stop pointing fingers at the victims. Even the law should be little quick in decision making and we need more and more people in force like VC Sajjanar and his team. Sometimes it’s better to take in hand than to wait for year’s like in nirbhaya case.

6. On the recent #metoo movement, your opinion?

Answer- Thankfully the #MeToo movement is slowly and finally, having it’s moment of reckoning in India. First, for all the brave women that are coming out and telling their stories, kudos to them. I am moved by the courage that they show. Especially in a society like ours where the problem is a epidemic and deeply entrenched, I know how daunting it should be to come out and just talk about it. You are trailblazer and keep the good fight going. Hopefully, this awareness will bring some light to the darkness. The darkness where this shady crimes have been going on for far too long.

Lastly for the ones belittling, making memes and questioning why the women are all coming out of sudden now, I don’t know whether to envy or pity them. Obviously one doesn’t understand how trauma /harassment of any kind works. It’s a dark complicated icky feeling buried deep inside you. Let us be happy that the truth has finally bubbled to the surface. Sure we need due diligence, not blaming innocent people and all that stuff. When the experiences are real, the voice matter, and the stories do have value.

Whether I believe every accusations or not, whether I react to every story or not, I firmly support the #MeToo Movement and stand by the Women, irrespective of whether I know them or not.

7. Peaceful single parenting v/s dysfunctional couple parenting?

Anwer- A family is the single most important influence in a child’s life. It provides security, identity, and values to its members, regardless of their age. An individual learns about his sense of self and gains a foundation for the rest of his life. This foundation includes the family’s values which provide the basis for his own moral code. Therefore, the parenting style that parents adopt while raising children can have a huge impact on their development and growth.

In a normal functional family, there is mutual respect between family members and everyone has each other’s back. For dysfunctional families, there is always tension and mistrust amongst the parents and children. Also, the authority of the parents in the family is often misguided. Even amongst adults, there is a certain level of mistrust and resentment. The members do not create a safe surrounding for a child to grow. Also, dysfunctional families do not value apology and do not allow for emotions to be expressed reasonably.

8. Your take on the recent film, “Thappad”, that is meant to be a slap on chauvinism.

Answer– Thappad bears its message, more essential than ever, on its chin: Women are not property. Wives are not owned. Dreams have no gender, and everyone is allowed to realise them. And how all it takes, from a woman who just wants self-respect, is a decision to say no, Not Even One Slap.

Thappad though isn’t a film that is cut from the same fabric of #AllMenTrash. Despite being alive to systems of oppression, it is gentle. It’s a film about muted grievances, yet it’s not angry. Not loud, yet holds its ground – and more importantly, doesn’t give anyone an easy pass or lowers the standards of acceptable behaviour.

Overall, Thappad is a gem of a film that is a silent slap to our society and the ‘yeh sab chalta hai‘, ‘bardasht karo‘ mentality. You will be inspired if not challenged to bring about a positive change.

9.What advice would you give to young women of today?

Answer-Darling,Be humble and bold. We need to be fiercely and bravely humble in recognition of our humanity and character, giving ourselves the grace to be who we truly are.

And then be bold, to do whatever God tells you. Don’t shrink back, be courageous, strong and take new ground.  Be unashamed of what you believe in and what you stand for. Your thoughts and opinions are valued and needed. Remember, behind every successful woman is Herself.

Happy Women’s day to all of us!

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Women’s Day Special: Author Satabdi Banerjee shares her thoughts

Satabdi Banerjee authored her book of poems, ‘A Sip of Coffee’ in September 2018. She is a freelance editor book review expert. She had been an integral part of many published anthologies. Satabdi hails from the ‘City of joy’ Kolkata. She pursued her education from Carmel School and later graduated in Psychology honors degree. She is trained in English language certification of TEFL/TESOL and works as a Career Mentor and Education Consultant. Expression, Communication, and empathy have been her life candles. She is a trained dancer and takes keen interest in all creative endeavors. She is an empath, a life philosopher, and a spiritual healing practisioner. She can be reached at satban23@gmail.com

1. What are the most important challenges that women face today?
Satabdi – The most important challenge women face in today’s society is the courage to express themselves. Indian society has always conditioned our upbringing and parenting. As a consequence, the free will to express any form view to choice is not there. The second challenge which women struggle is of acceptance and acknowledgement. From body shaming to lack of confidence in our own abilities, women live in denial which is again a by-product of social evil.

Author Satabdi

2. What needs to be changed in the next 5 years?

Satabdi. The Country’s Economy for  sure. That will impact the society and thus pave way for more improved and international environment. Eventually we can expect  psychological and social literacy and awareness


3. What is your greatest strength?

Satabdi. My family and their trust in me.

4. Women Empowerment: how pertinent the idea is? 

It is very much a relative term. It corresponds to certain field of society but again in certain cases, it’s just a special privilege which guides women to realise their own strength which gets loose somehow in the society.


5. Rape cases are on a rise in India despite rampant protestations.  Who is to be blamed according to you?
Ans. The administrative system ofcourse. I mean, be it theft or robbery, a just punishment is the only execution expected. There will be all sorts of people around us and honestly criminal instinct cannot be controlled but law and legislative penalties should be more authoritative and powerful.


6. On the recent #metoo movement, your opinion?
Satabdi – Again as answered in my first question, I feel the #metoo movement is a genuine platform where women felt they can open up their post trauma stress and express their voice against the wrong. This will drive more women to address something which is wrong and not acceptable.


7. Peaceful single parenting v/s dysfunctional couple parenting?

Ans. Peaceful single parenting because it’s important to deliver a healthy environment, good education and well psycho-physiological nourishment. Anything which is not well functional well or not constructive should not be encouraged.
8. Your take on the recent film, “Thappad”, that is meant to be a slap on chauvinism.

Satabdi- I had been advised to see the movie but I have not yet seen the movie. I don’t think all men are bad and unsupportive of women. But in a case as projected, I feel any message or action is inevitable.


9. What advice would you give to young women of today?

Satabdi – Read more of biographies and autobiographies of enlightened souls and take inspiration. Introspect to educate yourself to those little significant actions taken which had the effect of creating revolution. Small or big, walk with a purpose in life. Try to touch lives with humbility. Practice and preach Random Act of Kindness.

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Women’s Day Special: Preethi Richards shares her thoughts

Preethi Richards can usually be found in reading book, and the book will be more likely about living the souls. Preethi is the author of a poetry book Naked love which she made her debut in writing before the completion of her graduation. She is good at her motivational speech and short stories making.
1. What are the most important challenges that women face today?

Firstly the violence, women are subjected to domestic violence more often than we think almost everyday in various forms like dowry or just to show them inferior people subject women to face violence.Marital rape sexual harassment physical abuse and the number goes on.

Author Preethi Richards

Even though there is a change in today’s world for women still there is a gender bias system when it comes to capabilities of work at work places that should be changed capabilities of work should be taken into consideration rather than genderSociety should be more flexible in accepting women in all the fieldsWhen it comes to marital rape or sexual harassment families and society tend to keep it as a secret and blame the victim this should be completely stopped and let women speak for loss and freedom the way society looks at such type of situations should be changed this brings the equal rights to everyoneEducation is the basic right every child deserves unfortunately due to gender discrimination in most of the areas still the girl child is not getting proper basic education and she is being imposed by household works in keeping her younger siblings and taking care of them where families feel educating girl child is a waste of money and time this type of thinking should be altered.
3. What is your greatest strength?My greatest strength is believing in myself which is given by my family and my dear ones who never discriminated on gender basics and provided me the equal opportunities

2.What needs to be changed in the next 5 years?

4. Women Empowerment: how pertinent the idea is?Undoubtedly it’s the relevant way to let women enjoy their power and rights on their sources of income and it lets a women to understand their capabilities and increases self confidence

5. Rape cases are on a rise in India despite rampant protestations. Who is to be blamed according to you?
The stereotypical culture and mindset of men and society to be blamed here. The shifting of blame from perpetrators to victims and the weak judiciary along with the unwanted usage of technology by peers are causing a great damage both to their lives and the mindset’s they are eventually damaging the others lives.
6. On the recent #metoo movement, your opinion?

As in our culture and the family norms often women are supposed to be quiet and maintain silence but #metoo movement provided a place to let women speak and it’s necessary to break the silence and expose the culprits in these cases #metoo movement is the brave act according to me.


7. Peaceful single parenting v/s dysfunctional couple parenting?

Ideally children needs a support from the family which builds a strong basement in early childhood mental condition but if the dysfunctional parenting occurs it leads to the mental trauma of children in those cases I support for the peaceful single parenting no matter how hard it is.


9. What advice would you give to young women of today?

Dear Women stay strong , fierce and stand up for your passion because this world needs a lot of people like you who could build and lift hopes in other individuals.

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Women’s Day Special: Author Moushumi Bhattacharjee shares her thoughts

A teacher who loves her profession and feel proud to be a contributor, though in a small way, in future building of the nation. A lover of literature,  she loves to express her thoughts through her writings. Her articles, short stories and poems have been published in several newspapers, magazines and journals. Presently she is Associate Editor of NAMASTE INK,  an international magazine.

Q1.what are the most important challenges that women face today?

Ans: Age old prejudices and discriminations are the biggest challenges women are facing despite their capacity to execute the toughest job. Even if they are highly educated their efficiency is still questioned. It took more than 70 years for India to give commission ranks to women officers in Indian Army.  And till date USA couldn’t appoint a woman to the post of the President, where modernity came much earlier than most of the countries of the world. Sexism should end , as we know both man and woman are equally important for this humankind to survive.

Author Moushami

Q2. What needs to be changed in next five years?

Ans: Violence against women has to be curbed.  An woman is not safe even in her home also. We hear about domestic violence every now and then around us. A society cannot prosper without a happy home. And a happy home is that where a woman lives without any fear. So let’s stop violence in every sphere and make our world a better place to live in.

Q3. What is your greatest strength?

Ans: My greatest strength is my belief in myself. Though I’m never aggressive or assertive, but I know how to prove my part when I feel I’m right. I have the courage to face any problem or criticism that come my way without hurting others.

Q4.  Women Empowerment : How pertinent the idea is?

Ans: Women Empowerment means equipping women with education, confidence and a good life. Women should have the right to participate in education,  society, economic activity and politics. They should have the freedom to choose their own lifestyle. They must have a say in crucial matters of family, society and the world. But that doesn’t mean that they get the power to dishonour nature’s law and lead their life according to their own wishes.

Q5. Rape cases are in rise in India between rampant protestations. Who is to be blamed according to you?

Ans: It’s the whole system to be blamed. Education system,  parenting, policies of government, indifferent attitude of the society, economic disparities, etc. are responsible for the rise of rape cases in India and in the world. The society is losing its ethics, its values. People are least bothered about the pain and worries of their brethren now a days , and that really hurts.

Q6. On recent #metoo movement, your opinion?

Ans: I appreciate the endeavour of activist Tarana Burke against sexual harassment and sexual assault. This movement enthralled many powerful personalities of the world and  they are trying to empower women through empathy, especially young and vulnerable women. Thousands of young men and women are joining this movement everyday to show solidarity with the victims.  Awareness about this heinous crime is increasing, and more and more people are talking openly about this. But it should not become a fashion to tag oneself  #metoo without following and believing its underlying principles, otherwise it will lose its effect in the long run.

Q7. Peaceful parenting v/s disfunctional couple parenting?

Ans: A child needs the comfort lap of both the parents. But still peaceful single parenting is far healthier than a chaotic, messy relationship.

Q8. Your take on the recent film , ‘Thappad’, that is meant to be slap on chauvinism.

Ans: Though I have not seen the movie yet,  but as it begged the headlines because of its critical take on chauvinism,  I read its reviews in several news dailies. I applaud the director’s perspective and congratulate him for addressing such a vital issue of our society. May be in a small way this will make a difference in the attitudes of the members of our society.

Q9. What advice would you give to young women of today?

Ans: Being a teacher I’m able to watch closely the behavior and activities of young girls around me everyday. I feel sometimes the young generation is reeling in a state of confusion.  I advise them to have confidence in their individuality. Should not become easy prey to drugs and sex. Life is precious, so it should be lived to its fullest without lamenting for one’s deeds in the end.

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Women’s Day Special: Author Sudipta Mukherjee shares her thoughts

Sudipta Mukherjee was born on 19th of July, in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand and raised in a Bengali household of South Kolkata. Her father Samir Mukherjee was a banker and mother, Neena Mukherjee, a home maker. She has an elder brother, Sandip who once had been her partner in crime, but now is her chief confidant. “Together, we are a world,” she says reflecting on some of the delightful moments she had spent with him.Sudipta did her schooling from St. Helen School (Secondary) and National High School (High Secondary) Kolkata. For college, she went to Dinabandhu Andrews College, Kolkata, and did her post graduations from Central Sericultural Research and Training Institute, Mysore. She had been awarded with Rudrappa Memorial Medal (Gold) for her outstanding academic performance in MSc.After her formal education, Sudipta spent some years working for multiple organizations, banking sector predominantly, in different cities to enrich her experiences of life and living.These experiences and explorations eventually transformed themselves and metamorphosed inside her mind, breeding within her the desire to write and tell stories. Today she calls herself a storyteller.In 2015, Sudipta published her debut novel, The Crossroads, which is a story of self-discovery of a young girl Aparajita Basu.Three years later, in Pune International Literary Festival, 2018, she launched her first non-fiction, Turning Towards Light (part of an Anthology called The Wind In Our Sails). A few of her novels are due for release, but will talk more about them later. Sudipta lives with her husband, Amitkumar Bhattacharya and daughter Ananya and writes full-time. She divides her time between Pune, Kolkata, and everywhere else. “I would like to see myself in every city of the world,” she says and smiles.

What is the most important challenge that women face today?

Safety to begin with, given the ridiculous rise in cases of violence against womenising cases of vilolence on w. Be it sexual or domestic, in the house or on the job. All of it falls under the patriarchy and the ways it affects women, economically, physically and professionally.

Author Sudipta Mukherjee

Secondly, the perpetual juggle between home and work. The choices that women make, at times, are forced to make, in the name of priority. Be a high performing professional, or be a good wife. The demand of it. The artificially created necessity to perform, constantly and consistently, in both. The need to excel! The need to prove yourself, round the clock, 365 days a year. If you work from home because your child is not well, you are being unprofessional. If you disregard your ailing mother-in-law and rush for a meeting, you are an irresponsible homemaker, you are being selfish. You cannot be good at both. Worse still, you cannot be good at either.

  • What needs to change in the next 5 years?

People’s attitude, across the country; globally if possible. We don’t strive to attain female dominance; what we are truly seeking is equality. Men should be with us, not against us. Men should add to our strength, and not demean us. We are worthy, and men should understand it. It’s more about creating space for one another, respecting each other, and not proving one’s superiority over the other.

While we continue to support women at home and around the world, we need to pay attention to our boys as well, especially while raising them. A mother does not raise a son, she raises a future husband, a future father, and of course a future citizen of a country. So dear mother, you can teach him a lot more and a lot better.  

Secondly, and more importantly, the world needs to be less violent and more loving, more all-encompassing. The only way to achieve this is to erase all the harrowingly cruel stories of rape, abuse and harassment, be it sexual, be it another kind. And fill it with stories of love, of hope, of relationships of every kind. Life is good, and love, divine. Let’s love one another and live happily ever after, and not continue this endless debate of who is better.

  • What is your greatest strength?

My family, of course. The people, the men, who surround me, immediate and distant. And those, who support me, believe in my dreams, salute my ambitions, and respect me the way that I am.  

A part of my strength does come from the ordinary, the mundane women I meet on a daily basis. Some such women, for whom Woman’s Day is not too different from Children’s Day or Republic Day, or even their birthdays (if at all they care to know or remember one). It is just another day of their long and laborious lives. Neither does the day bring forth any extra or extravagant message to them; nor do they spend a second contemplating on topics like women’s liberation and gender inequality. The domestic help, who cleans my home, who toils from sunup to sundown, tirelessly, in order to earn a living, honestly and with pride. The moushis, who are twice my age, but works incessantly in my apartment complex, denying their age, defying their ability. The elderly bhajiwali of my neighborhood, who stands the entire day in her shop and does mental calculations in a flash. She always greets me with a smile. I draw my ability to smile from her, from all of them. They fill me with hope, and a kind of inner strength that is well felt but difficult to describe.

  • Women Empowerment: how pertinent the idea is?

Great idea! But the question that still lurks is what percentage of the women population of our country is truly empowered? In an urban setting, it could be possible. Yes, however small the fraction is. It is possible. But what about the rural sectors, the acres and acres of villages, where women are still meant to breed and cook, wash clothes and wash utensils.

Two concepts: Education and Economic independence. Educate your girl child. Let her learn, let her grow. Let her earn a living, let her be economically independent. Let her decide for herself, what is wrong and what is right. When she should marry, and to whom? Let he be. Her life should be her choice, and not a decision thrust on her by society. That’s real empowerment. When every girl of our country would be free to speak her mind, to choose from one billion choices, to be the exact person she wants to be, that day we could say that yes, our women are empowered.

  • Rape cases are on a rise in India in spite of rampant protestations. Who is to be blamed according to you?

Rape is the obvious outcome of a defective society. It’s a disagreeable product of an obnoxious and perverted mind. Protestation; however rampant and relevant they apparently appear, is no solution. Neither could it bring one. We need more stringent laws, to protect women against rape. We need justice; immediate and impartial. We need punishment for the convicts; speedy and severe. The convict deserves to be punished, and deserves to be punished at once, without fuss, without mass or media bantering.  

It is easy to blame the boy who attempts rape; difficult to understand the psychology that plays behind it. Precautions should be taken to prevent it from happening. Boys should be educated in the real sense of the meaning. They should be well schooled in value system. They should be taught to value women, and not abduct her modesty.

  • On the recent #MeToo movement, your opinion?

Pertinent. I am surprised that it started so late. Why did these women keep their mouth shut, and for so long? I am even more surprised that it vanished so abruptly, almost silently. What could be the reason for its sudden disappearance? Women who spoke out are brave. I salute their bravado. It is not easy to talk about sexual harassment, so openly, that too against men who are apparently powerful. It takes courage to rip open that façade at brutal costs. It might have cost them a lot in their personal lives. But in the end, nothing substantial came out of it. Other than a handful of cases, where the guilty was deserve-fully punished, the movement dissipated into the oblivion. And so did the accusers. I wonder why.

  • Peaceful single parenting v/s dysfunctional couple parenting?

For the healthy development of a child, role of each of the parents cannot be denied. A child needs a father, as much as he needs a mother. Choosing one of the two should not be the case, especially in the formative years of his life. But a child certainly does not need a father, who is an abusive husband, or a mother, who is abused and silenced. A child does not need a mother, who is dominating and bossy, or a father who lacks self-esteem. Teaching a child the power of a slap, showing a child the defenselessness of an abused victim is like turning him into a person, who could be capable of either being an abuser or a victim, if not both. For him, relationship would be a farce, and forever.

I am not averse to the idea of single parenting. If it ensures an all-round development of a child, then why not? But the question that still remains, what does the child want? How complete his growth would be if he does not see his father ever since he opens his eyes? In future, would he turn out to be a good father? Or would he continue the wrong legacy?

  • Your take on the recent film, “Thappad”, that is meant to be slap on chauvinism.

Relevant! It’s a need of the hour. Women have suffered in silence for too long. It’s time to pay back. I am happy that somebody, especially a man (Anubhav Sinha) has at last come up with the idea of a strong Thappad to chauvinism, to incorrect parenting, to the idea that it is okay to hit your wife.  Bollywood is not famous for women centric films, let alone the ones that cast a straight and strident slap on the patriarchy. I would love to see many more films like “Thappad” in the years to come. Cinema is a mass media, and has the potential to appeal and move the masses. Films focusing on women’s issues could go a long way in altering the mindset of people, in changing their perspectives, and shaping the history of women’s evolution.

  • What advice would you give to young women of today?

I resolutely don’t advice. But I can certainly opine.

Women, look beyond your mobile cameras. There is more to life than a well filtered selfie. I am at once amazed and bewildered to see the ridiculous number of selfies posted in instagram and facebook, by young women on a daily basis, with the determined intention of creating a sensation through photo-shopped looks. You are worth a lot more than those thousands of likes and fake comments put together. The invention of camera phones is a brilliant idea. Use, and not abuse them. Let selfie be just a word and not an obsession. Let our true beauty shine through our work, our compassion, and our insurmountable ability to empathize.

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Women’s Day Special: Author Moitrayee Bhaduri shared her thoughts

Moitrayee Bhaduri is a content specialist, screenwriter, and author of two crime thrillers: The Sinister Silence (2015) and Who Killed the Murderer? (2019). She is passionate about music, enjoys reviewing books and films, and loves dogs. Currently, she lives in Mumbai.


What are the most important challenges that women face today?

MB: Being accepted as an individual with her own set of needs and aspirations. Learning to put herself first is also a challenge for most women.

What needs to be changed in the next 5 years?


Author Moitrayee Bhaduri

MB: Even if we take one step forward each day, there will be progress.

What is your greatest strength?

MB: I would say…patience.

Women Empowerment: how pertinent the idea is?

MB: Women empowerment is more relevant today than ever, especially in the light of the current socio-political scenario in our country and the world.

On the recent #metoo movement, your opinion?

MB: This was a much-needed movement. I am happy to see so many women and also men coming forward despite all odds to make themselves heard.

Your take on the recent film, “Thappad”, that is meant to be a slap on chauvinism.

MB: I watched ‘Thappad’ just today and loved it! It is a powerful film and I would recommend it to everyone. It’s a film you should watch with your family.

Simply and subtly, the movie conveys an important message. It highlights the thin line between adjustment and compromise. Self-worth and self-respect are important to everyone, regardless of their gender!

What advice would you give to young women of today?

MB: Be yourself and focus. If you can dream it, you can achieve it.

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