The Illusion of Choice in Choice Feminism

I came across a comment recently on my Twitter (now X) feed that got me thinking. It was a post about stay-at-home moms and someone commented, “We shouldn’t judge their decision to stay home. It’s their choice, after all.” While I do agree that it is none of my business to comment on the decision made by any mother, this simple statement got me pondering. Is it always a deliberate choice, unaffected by societal expectations and pressures? This idea stayed with me as I thought about how every time there is a discussion on any such topic, we tend to dismiss it as a choice without really looking at the situation from all angles. Instead of pitting mothers making different choices against each other, shouldn’t we focus on enabling an ecosystem in which every mother truly follows her heart?

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My Little Blogging Journey – By Nikita Mathur

“Here. See”, said my elder brother while handing out his mobile phone during one of our trips from our respective work cities to home at Jaipur.

“What is it?”, I was not sure.

“You were asking na one day about how I pass my time.”

“Yeah. You work in a big Infosys campus that has gym, arcades, cafes etc”, I said with a hint of jealousy.

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Snack time made easy by Nutrinos

“What does your child like to eat?” 

This is a question I get asked invariably by friends and family whom we visit, and in all honesty, I don’t know the answer to it. That’s because I have a 6-year-old whose taste and choices in food change faster than the rate at which she is growing. I am almost always baffled when it comes to deciding what I should be offering her as snacks to satisfy her frequent hunger pangs. 

Every hour or so, I hear a request, “Mummy bhook lagi hai, kuch achcha khana hai”. This ‘achcha’ is where we end up in conflict because I obviously value nutrition while the little one only cares about taste. 

“You can’t have junk so often”, I often find myself muttering under my breath. “Junk is tasty, Mom”, she retorts while I roll my eyes in disapproval. 

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Deakin University and Great Lakes Institute of Management partner for an empowering Pathway Program

The pandemic has impacted the entire humankind at various levels and to different degrees. I believe children and young adults have taken the hit in more ways than we have been able to acknowledge. Being a parent, aunt and a mentor to numerous kids and teens, there is indubitably a nagging concern in my head regarding their future. I was recently having a conversation with one of my students and she mentioned how she was perturbed because her plan to travel abroad to pursue higher education was hindered by the current situation. This is the story of many students who are gripped with the worry for learning opportunities, visa processing and job prospects. 

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Starting A New Business? 7 Key Points To Keep In Mind

When I had resigned from my corporate job to pursue an alternate career path almost a decade ago, entrepreneurship was not really the talk of the town.

However, the scenario has changed completely today and it is wonderful to see talks about entrepreneurship in every forum and platform. Even the Government has been coming up with numerous initiatives and schemes to support and encourage entrepreneurs. There has been an upsurge in the number of small and medium scale businesses run by women which is not just a great sign for the economy, but is also very inspiring.

As a part of my work, I have been mentoring many women on entrepreneurship and have discovered that though women have amazing ideas and execution skills, sometimes lack of direction and right guidance can hinder their growth. I have realized that a little bit of hand-holding at the beginning goes a long way in instilling confidence, clarity and an insatiable hunger in them.

Based on my interactions with women trying to establish their ventures in various industries, the most common point/query that keeps coming up during discussions is – “What are the basic and important things to keep in mind or put into place while starting a new business or venture?”

In this post, I am not going to talk about registering the business and similar tasks that are obvious and process-oriented. Rather, I will be focusing on the mental, intuitive and skill-based aspects of entrepreneurship. These points would be applicable for small/medium scale enterprises.

Starting a new business first needs a vision

Be clear about your vision because everything else follows from here.

You have a passion and you want to convert it into a profitable business. This is wonderful but it’s important to think beyond the products and services before starting itself.

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I am not a poet

The first creative piece that I ever wrote as a child was a poem. There is something magical about poetry. Even a single line can evoke several emotions within the reader. Poetry is profound and gentle, structured and abstract, meticulous and carefree, broken and whole. It is everywhere, within us and around us.

On the occasion of World Poetry Day, here is my ode to poetry.

No! I am not a poet.

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Diamante to get launched in India

“A gentleman’s choice of timepiece says as much about him as does his Saville Row suit.” – Ian Fleming

Isn’t this so true? In today’s times, when we have numerous devices around us to check the accurate time, watches have become more about making a style statement or accessorizing your look on any special occasion. I have always loved exploring different brands and designs of watches, and hence, I was excited to chance upon the beautiful product range of Diamante.

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