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Parul Khannaa – Hindustan Times – Tuesday, 04 Mar 2014 (originally published 01 Mar)

Women

A few days before International Women’s Day, four modern Indian women talk about what it means to be a woman in the country today – and whether all the confusion about changing gender roles is actually an opportunity, writes Parul Khanna.

For many of us, International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8, is just like any other day. It’s not a public holiday, and unlike Valentine’s Day, there are no red roses.

But this time, there is a palpable energy in the air. The Indian woman is on the cusp of change, both inside and outside her home. Her dignity, security and the freedom to live the way she wants, have become burning issues, taking centre stage in the public discourse. So, we got four achievers, well-known, interesting women – trailblazing fashion designer Rina Dhaka; business journalist and managing editor, CNBC TV18 Shereen Bhan; author, yoga teacher Ira Trivedi; and actress Swara Bhaskar (last seen in Raanjhanaa), who’s known for playing independent feisty roles – for a stimulating conversation to document a woman’s dreams, challenges, struggles and the need to celebrate ‘herself’ . . .

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