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Swathi Raman

Motherhood on my terms - Ishu Krishna

As told to Swathi Raman.


The decision…

Suddenly, it hit me.  One day I woke up and I was thirty.

Dr. Feminist

Tiffany* walked into the clinic. Her tie-dyed skinny jeans and neon yellow manicure were no stranger to this office, nor to me.

She had come into the clinic one week prior, for what she called a “girl problem.”  While in the exam room, waiting for me, her mouth filled to the brim with all the words she was waiting to express. Once I walked in, it barely took a second for that volcano of emotion and words to overflow and bubble. I remember her ebullience, how eager she was, how much she needed to just talk to someone.

A message to women from a man: You are not "crazy"


"And the act of gaslighting does not simply affect women who are not quite sure of themselves. Even vocal, confident, assertive women are vulnerable to gaslighting.


Mom, Dad and Medical school

I can never forget the Indian values that were instilled in me from a young age. One of the most popular edicts I heard growing up was Matha, Pitha, Guru, Daivam. Simply translated, this means “mother, father, teacher, God,” referring to the order of reverence one must follow. Although in my younger years, I recognized this lesson, the revelation truly hit me once I embarked on my journey through medical school.