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The Goddess Durga represents all that is noble and right. But it also represents a woman, effortlessly switching from the role of a daughter, sibling, wife, mother, friend, and the other roles that she takes over. Like Durga, she plays several roles and displays 9 avatars that keep the ball of life rolling in every family. This image of Durga strangely resonates with the women that I work with. Not the mythology, the stories, but just the image of one woman.
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+ The Women We Celebrate This Puja: The image of Durga strangely resonates with the women that I work with. Not the mythology, the stories, but just the image of one woman. From the 30-year old mother of two children to a 23-year old shouldering the work of an entire department, from coping with a recovering husband from surgery to taking care of a sick mother, from handling emergencies to attending parent-teacher meetings, these women do not fail to inspire me, every single day.
+ Is My Home Attendant Empowered? As I was sipping my cup of evening tea wandering in these thoughts, questioning my inner self, Mina came up to me. She asked, “Didi do you need anything else?” I gazed at her blankly and she went slipped away silently. I questioned myself, “Is Mina Empowered?’
+ Mrs Kar’s Puja Barshiki: Mrs Kar always says, “In my childhood, Durga Puja meant many Bengali Puja Barshikis, the fragrance, the weather, and different faces of the goddess Durga showing grace and power….” This week when I visited her with her this year’s Puja Barshiki, I remember the smile and the tears on her face to see the surprise.
+ Your Everyday Durga: A woman effortlessly switches from the role of a daughter, sibling, wife, mother, friend, and the other roles that she takes over. Each of these roles requires her to display emotions that are varied from the other. She keeps her emotions in check and blends into each of these roles with complete ease.
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When Kiran Mazumdar Shaw started Biocon in 1978, there were very few women in business, let alone women entrepreneurs in the science and technology space. She often says that hers was perhaps the first tech startup in the country. Unsurprisingly, Shaw, who is today counted as the richest female entrepreneur in India, had to survive a hostile business environment and face a number of credibility challenges. From people refusing to work with her as she was a woman, to being mistaken for a secretary to the Managing Director, and having banks and financial institutes unwilling to lend her money, she’s seen it all.
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