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Issue #00: "Where do I begin?"
Note: This newsletter was started on December 4, 2020. The date does not match the date of this post because it just took me 2 months to gather the nerves to get started!
Welcome to Womaning in India!
I am Mahima and I launched this newsletter, Womaning in India, on 4 December 2020, my 35th birthday.
Basically, this is 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.
Two: Half the world's population - men - have virtually no idea what the everyday life of the other half is like. Even the most progressive 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.
Two: Stories are power.
Together, these two beliefs inspired me to start this newsletter - a chronicle of women’s stories.
When I talk to a woman for this newsletter, I ask her to tell me about a chapter of her life that she experienced very differently because of being a woman.
Ask any woman this question, 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 at home to making a presentation at work.
From interviewing for jobs to quitting jobs.
Virtually every activity that makes up our lives is lived differently by men and women.
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I cannot express in words the gratitude I feel towards the amazing women who opened the windows of their hearts and allowed me the privilege to take a peek inside.
I write this newsletter to share that peek with you.
I hope these stories make you laugh and cry. I hope they make you think.
I hope they teach us to be a little kinder to one another.
Most of all, I hope they make a difference.
See you next Monday. And many many Mondays after that!