What is Womaning in India?
I am Mahima and I launched this newsletter, Womaning in India, on 4 December 2020, my 35th birthday.
So basically, welcome to my literary mid-life crisis.
As I complete three and a half decades of walking this planet in a woman's body, I have come to two realizations. One, I have wasted way too much of my time here watching TV. And two, half the world's population, men, have virtually no idea what the everyday life of the other half is like. Even the most woke of men out there would be shocked if they had to walk a mile in women's shoes. And not just because women's shoes are approximately as comfortable as kidney stones.
Two more things I believe in. One, people - men and women - are mostly decent and good. And two, stories are power. Together, these two things lead me to believe that sharing stories about lives that are different from ours can make the world a better place for everyone.
This thought inspired me to start talking to women about their stories. I asked them to tell me about a chapter of their life that they experienced very differently because of being a woman.
Ask any woman and she will say: "Where do I begin?"
From walking down the street to taking a bus, from getting married to staying single, from dating to parenting, from cooking dinner to changing bulbs, from interviewing for jobs to quitting jobs - virtually every activity that makes up our lives is lived differently by men and women.
Why should you subscribe?
If you are a man, you will probably find more than one story here that surprises you. If you are a woman, you might find a story here that makes you feel a little less alone.
Here is a glimpse of some of the stories you can find in this newsletter.
Why did Mallika's friend call her late one night, screaming in terror? What question was Akanksha expected to have answered in her job interview, even though it was never asked? What keeps Anuradha up at night whenever she visits her in-laws' house? Why did Nayana refuse to give IVF a shot after years of trying for a baby? Why does Sunita prefer living in a slum in Delhi and working as a maid to living in her husband's palatial family home back in their village? When Anaghawas sent office-hunting by her law firm, what was her top criterion for the search that surprised her partners? What is the one question that is on top of Shuchita's mind for a potential partner, and why does she make sure she doesn't ask it until the third or fourth date?
I cannot express in words the gratitude I feel towards these amazing women who opened the windows of their hearts and allowed me the privilege to take a peek inside.
I am starting this newsletter to share that peek with you.
I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed listening to them.
I hope they make us laugh and cry.
I hope they teach us to be a little kinder to one another.
Most of all, I hope they make a difference.
What to expect when I subscribe?
Subscribers will get access to weekly stories, delivered right to your inbox. A new issue of the newsletter comes out every Friday.
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If you have a story that you would like to be published here, please write to me by replying to any newsletter and I will reach out to you.
See you next Monday. And many many Monday after that!