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Artika Aurora Bakshi

Carry On.......Writing

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

It’s a (Wo)man’s World

With International Women’s Day around the corner, I decided to explore why women authors used male pseudonyms. This was prevalent in the 18th and 19th centuries, where many women felt the need to mask their true identities so that they would be taken seriously. From Louisa May Alcott, best known for her literary marvel “Little Women”(which thankfully was published under her real name) to the Bronte Sisters, who knew that the literary world was strongly prejudiced against female writers, many found freedom of expression cloaked in a man’s identity.

Gift a Book

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love- Lao Tzu”

Love- I first understood the meaning of this most widely used word, when Jane Austen came into my life. The emotional upheaval of Elizabeth Bennet became mine and that was the first time I fell in love.

An NRI rides the Gurgaon metro

I am an NRI - and we are a growing breed! We live abroad and visit India on holidays to meet family and friends, but most importantly, to give our children an experience of the India we left behind.

We may not live here but we are proud to be Indian. We defend our country at every opportunity (sometimes squirming inside at the state of affairs). India may not be a shining beacon for some, but it is for me! So when my husband suggested we take the metro from Gurgaon to Delhi, I jumped at the idea!