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blogging, social change

On death, social change, and the online persona

Recently, I ran across the blog of “Indian Homemaker,” an everyday Indian Homemaker who cares deeply about issues like feminism, human rights, tolerance and peace, gender equality, and her day to day experiences. It was interesting to see those perspectives from a “housewife,” who normally would be stereotyped as an individual who is not feminist or politically active. She defies stereotypes, and I am thankful for people like her for expanding our boundaries daily. But what struck me most was that her most recent blog posts are heartwrenching, focusing on the death of her 19-year old daughter Tejaswee, who passed…

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blogging, career

You don’t just define your community – your community defines you

There is a lot of talk of personal branding these days: is it good or bad? How can you build a network of people who respect your personal brand? How can you join a group of people with the same interests to help you make professional connections? But while we are busy trying to carve an online space for ourselves and create a community of supporters who rally around our “brand”, we forget that the online space we inhabit is also continuously is defining us – and indeed, changing us in ways simultaneously subtle and not-so-subtle. For instance, when I…

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be the change series, blogging

Be the change: Tryin’ Small, by Penelope Chester

It has taken me way too long to write this blog. When Akhila reached out to me asking if I’d be interested in contributing to the “Be the Change” series, I immediately thought “Yes! Of course!” But, you see, I don’t really know how to write about myself and my experiences – on my blog, I stick to discussing current affairs, politics, etc. You know the image of the writer, scribbling by candlelight late at night, crumpling and chucking sheets of paper onto the floor in frustration every so often? Yeah, that’s me (at least it would be if this…

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