#ReadWomen: Written in Tears by Arupa Patangia Kalita

Excerpted from Arupa Patangia Kalita’s book of short stories, Written in Tears, translated from the Assamese by Ranjita Biswas. Out now in a special Harper Perennial keepsake edition. The Girl with Long Hair Mainao stands on her toes at the threshold of youth. She is a cheerful, attractive girl with small, twinkling eyes and rounded… Continue reading #ReadWomen: Written in Tears by Arupa Patangia Kalita

#ReadWomen: The Skills by Mishal Husain

Direct, persistent, purposeful. Or – uncertain, uneasy, doubtful. One set of words are those most often associated with the sort of work I do in broadcasting, involving live interviews and the pressure to generate new information and understanding. The other reflects what I will often be experiencing in reality. It is the gap between the… Continue reading #ReadWomen: The Skills by Mishal Husain

#ReadWomen: Hijabistan by Sabyn Javeri

'I will call you Tooba. Tarannum sounds too …’ the baji’s voice trailed off, but her silence had said more than her words ever could. Doesn’t sound like a maid’s name, the girl completed the woman’s sentence in her heart. Just then, the woman’s cellphone rang and the girl watched as she picked it up… Continue reading #ReadWomen: Hijabistan by Sabyn Javeri

#ReadWomen: Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

For most of us, women especially, we hold on to some little nugget, some little lie, some limiting belief that we’ve had since childhood. We’ve believed it for so long, we don’t even question it anymore. We heard something when we were younger and our feelings were tender. Someone said something, someone spoke into your… Continue reading #ReadWomen: Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

#ReadWomen: Free Hit by Suprita Das

The Challenge of Change In 2018, in a first of sorts, a current Indian woman cricketer found  herself  in  a  TV studio  amidst  male  stalwarts  of  the game  while  a  Test  match  being  played  by  men’s  teams  was underway.  Smriti  Mandhana,  who  had  had  the  loveliest  of English summers, had been invited as a guest… Continue reading #ReadWomen: Free Hit by Suprita Das

#ReadWomen: The Forest of Enchantments by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Two days ago, the sage handed me the tome he had been composing for decades. ‘It’s my life’s work,’ he said, and a strange look flashed across his face, one I wouldn’t have expected. It was part shyness and part desire  for  approbation.  But  why  should  the  great  Valmiki  want approval from me, a queen… Continue reading #ReadWomen: The Forest of Enchantments by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

#ReadWomen: The Music of Solitude by Krishna Sobti

Excerpted from Krishna Sobti’s The Music of Solitude, translated from the Hindi by Vasudha Dalmia, out now in a special Harper Perennial keepsake edition.   Aranya began to pull on her socks. Have your shoes been hurting you? No. The grass was wet and I needed to protect my shoes. So I carried them in… Continue reading #ReadWomen: The Music of Solitude by Krishna Sobti

#ReadWomen: Walking in Clouds by Kavitha Yaga Buggana

After a light lunch of rice, chicken and omelettes, we begin our trek. Over the next six days we will follow the path of the Karnali and its tributaries, until we reach the Tibet border. This will end the first leg of our trek. Then we will drive to Lake Manasarovar and Mount Kailash, where… Continue reading #ReadWomen: Walking in Clouds by Kavitha Yaga Buggana

#ReadWomen: The Good Girl’s Guide to Being a D*ck bycAlexandra Reinwarth

Not giving a crap about your looks in general. Looks are a tricky issue. I remember a lightbulb moment when, as a teenager, I went shopping with my mother. All of a sudden, she stopped and looked at me completely flabbergasted – she had realised that on this lovely afternoon in this busy shopping centre… Continue reading #ReadWomen: The Good Girl’s Guide to Being a D*ck bycAlexandra Reinwarth