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P V Sindhu Posing For The JFW Photoshoot: Indian Sportswomen Can Be Great Style Icons Too!

Olympic medalist P V Sindhu posing for a photo shoot for JFW (Just for Women) magazine has yielded astounding results.

She looked extremely gorgeous. You can be the judge, by having a closer look at the incredible collection of the photographs from the photo shoot. It was refreshing to see our ‘Badminton star’ in a different light. It has indeed been an amazing transformation, since we saw her win the silver medal in Badminton at the Rio Olympics 2016.

When it comes to high beauty and fashion standards, rarely do we see women from the Indian sports fraternity being highlighted in media, advertisements and photo shoots  except for a few, like ‘Tennis star’ Sania Mirza. They are not given much exposure and credibility, other than their achievements in the sports arena.

This is not the case with the Indian sportsmen. We see them in almost all varied advertisements ranging from health drinks to fashion brands, especially the Indian cricketers.

Over the years women in sports have been broadly perceived as being masculine and male-like. This notion has  been ingrained in our society too – that women who are involved in physical activities are male-like. That they are not feminine. Sportswomen are perceived as athletic and being athletic is closely associated as being masculine.

This notion has got embedded in our perceptions too. Even today we tend to perceive Indian sportswomen as being masculine and we believe that they will not be a good fit for any domain other than sports.

Continue reading here – P V Sindhu Posing For The JFW Photoshoot: Indian Sportswomen Can Be Great Style Icons Too!

Note: This post was first posted in Women’s Web.

Janet Jackson’s Age Is No Barrier, When It Comes To Her Pregnancy


Janet Jackson is pregnant at the age of fifty. Yes, she is expecting her baby with businessman Wissam Al Mana and she has officially confirmed it. “We thank God for our blessing,” she told the People magazine.

Breaking stereotypes

For long Janet Jackson has been associated with the American pop music culture and is known as a liberated woman. Her successful career in the music industry and her unconventional songs that often broke stereotypes is a living proof of her liberated persona. By becoming pregnant at the age of fifty, she yet again breaks stereotypes. She has substantiated that age is not a deterrent when it comes to bearing a child.

Clearly she’s not the only one who has not allowed her biological clock to become a hindrance in her beautiful journey of pregnancy. There are several other female celebrities who have chosen motherhood in the later phase of their lives. Singer Gwen Stefani, Hollywood actor Halle Berry, Hollywood actor Salma Hayek and our very own choreographer Farha Khan to name a few.

Age is not a hindrance

Pregnancies in older women have always been a subject of hot controversy in our country and a matter of fact, all over the world due to the high health risks involved. Having said that ‘these pregnancies’ are becoming more and more common due to medical advancement. Women are believing and trusting in the recent advances in assisted reproductive technology.  Having faith in medical science, women are ultimately fulfilling their desire of having a child irrespective of their age.

Women who decide to have kids at a later stage are often mocked, perceived as being selfish and looked down upon for risking the life of the child. They are stigmatized too.

Criticizing seated from the highest pedestal, is the easiest thing to do to a  woman who has made a conscious decision to bear a child at a later stage, however we may never know the clear reasons behind her decision. May be she couldn’t bear a child earlier because she had to take care of her family or may be she had financial constraints to raise a family. There could be several reasons. Does this take away her right to bear kids is still debatable.

If she has chosen the road to motherhood with adequate medical help and under the guidance and supervision of a Doctor, her decision needs to be respected and supported so that she could bring forth a healthy child into this world.

Moreover if you have a natural instinct of nurturing a child, you will definitely raise your child healthy with the right values, irrespective of your age. Age is not a criteria to decide your parenting capabilities but your health which includes physical and mental is a crucial and a deciding factor during pregnancy.

Janet Jackson stands as a role model for all those women who have given up their dream to bear a child because they do not fall under the society’s ‘child bearing age bracket’. Taking a cue from Janet’s own life, several women might choose to achieve this milestone.

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Seven Questions That Indian Men Ask About Women On Social Media

Here’s a list of some compelling questions that men are eager to know about women. Read them here. 

By nature, we are a curious lot who love to discover more about the opposite sex. Curiosity takes over, and we turn to the easiest and most accessible platform- the internet, which seems to have all the answers to our most weird questions.

Recently while surfing through various social media platforms, I discovered a few bizarre questions that men have about women. Some interesting and some truly funny.

So, let’s dig into some of the questions and I hope you will enjoy reading them.

What do women carry in their handbags?

This is a common question that I’ve come across several sites. For the men who are curious to know- most women carry their keys, cellphone, wallet, sunglasses, a comb, a pen, important papers and not forgetting their make-up kit. They may carry several other things too, but the ones I’ve mentioned are common.

Why do women dress provocatively and complain that people harass them?

Deepika Padukone

Personally, I’ve been subjected to this question several times too. Yes, we dress because we want to celebrate our form, to look better and to feel good about ourselves. We dress for ourselves and to impress others too. There is no harm in that. But that does not give anyone the license to harass us. Do men seriously have to worry when they step out of their homes, dressed to the T?

Why on earth do women take so much of time to dress ?


Because women love to look good. Looking good makes us feel good and confident. But not all women take too much time to dress. Not all women are the same, after all. If we have to leave home for an urgent work, we might as well just slip into a pair of jeans and a T shirt, comb our hair, just to look presentable and zoom out of our homes. And yes, without any make up.

Note: This post was first published in Women’s Web

All You Needed to Know About Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)


GATE or Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, one of the most competitive exams in India is conducted once a year, especially in the month of February, for admission into post graduate courses across institutes in India. The exam is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Sciences and seven Indian Institutes of Technology on behalf of the national coordination board- GATE, department of higher education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD).

Over the years, GATE has gained recognition as a tough exam, that is cleared by only the brightest and brilliant students of India. Only 15% of the appearing students qualify.The duration of the exam is three hours and it tests the engineering basics of the students. The exam is conducted online via a computer based test and the student needs to obtain high percentile to get admission in post graduate programs in Indian institute of technology and Indian institute of Science. The GATE exam was first held in 1984.

The GATE scores is used to attain admission in post graduate courses in institutes with financial aid provided by the government.The scores in this exam is also used for various job openings by public sector undertakings.The exam has gained recognition internationally as well.

Various Disciplines

GATE is conducted in 23 disciplines like aerospace engineering, agricultural engineering, architecture and planning, biotechnology, civil engineering, Chemistry, Chemical engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Mining engineering and so on.

In the test, each subject contains ten questions that tests the general aptitude (language and analytical skills) and the core subject.

Why choose GATE?

Numerous reputed private companies prefer students who have passed GATE and they are directly interviewed. GATE qualified students are also directly interviewed for GET and GMT jobs by Government sectors like NTPC, BHEL, PGCIL, BPCL, HPCL, GAIL, MECOM, CONCOR, MECL, NALCO, and DDA. GATE students gain a wonderful opportunity to study abroad and enrich themselves with the new culture and environment, as various universities around the world welcome them for their post graduate fellowship courses.

 GATE Results

GATE Results are usually announced one month after the examinations are over. The date announced for the declaration of the result is March 27, 2017 at 06:00 p.m.

The application for GATE 2017, has already been opened from 1 September 2017.The last date for the GATE registration process is October 4, 2016.

However, before registering for the exam, one needs to assess their own eligibility criteria. The basic eligibility criteria is

  1. Passed a Bachelor’s degree (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after diploma) in any stream. You are also eligible if you are in the final year.
  2. Passed a master’s degree in any branch like Mathematics,Science,Statistics and computer applications or equivalent degree.(Pre final year students are not eligible to write the exam)

Students can also visit educational portal- Collegedunia and equip themselves with the various aspects of the examination, as they provide information on entrance exams like GATE, CAT, MAT and GMAT. They provide the right tools to plan and prepare for this reputed exam.

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