Femina August 2020

Femina is the market leader of Indian women’s magazines in English. Each fortnight, Femina brings you features and articles relating to real women in the news. It covers all aspects that interest the modern Indian woman: real-life reads, fashion, beauty, sex, relationships, health, food, travel, events, celebrities and entertainment. Femina also champions a cause every year and they range from breast cancer awareness to the education of the girl child. Femina talks to women around the country about their concerns, whether it’s staying on-trend or doing better at work or just staying aware of the news that matters. Femina indeed is, for all the women you are

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2 min.
editor’s letter

The deadly COVID-19 pandemic has taught us a big lesson—go back to our roots, connect with nature and all things natural. Living in our densely-populated urban jungles, we never appreciated nature more than we do now. This virus has also made us realise the importance of being healthy to keep our immunity levels high, and that’s how we have all started resorting to organic food and other organic products be it in fashion or skincare. So basically, it is back to the basics! As India celebrates 73 years of Independence, we have put together a special issue on ‘Vocal about Local’, which is in keeping with our government’s thought process of promoting local produce, local crafts and craftsmen. This has also been a result of the growing anti-China sentiment amongst the…

5 min.
straight from the the heart

Hailing from Moga in Punjab, Harmanpreet Kaur had one goal since childhood. “Bachpan se ek hee thought tha ki cricketer hee banana hai; koi bhi doosra thought aya hee nahi kabhi!” (Since childhood, I was sure that I want to become a cricketer; I never thought of any other option), says the Indian women’s team captain for short-form cricket. Born to a sport-supportive family, she was never stopped by her parents to play. “My father was my first coach,” she tells, “he always believed in equality and never pulled me away from playing with the boys.” Such was her drive towards the game though that she changed schools to ensure time and dedication to the game. She played other sports too, but “none could gather my interest”. So, the all-rounder joined…

5 min.
the bottom line

At a young age, Aditi Kothari Desai was taught the value of financial independence by her mother, who told her she needed to have a job when she grows up so she could make her own money. Today, Head of Sales, Marketing and E-Business, DSP Investment Managers, leads financial initiatives at the organisation and was also instrumental in launching Winvestor, an initiative aimed at empowering women with confidence and financial knowledge to plan for their long-term security. An Economics graduate from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania Kothari Desai completed her MBA from Harvard Business School, and today is a trustee in the Hemendra Kothari Foundation as well as the Wildlife Conservation Trust. Over to her. At any point in life, did you face any resistance from your family owing to your…

5 min.
nothing is impossible

A soldier. A doctor. A teacher. She has taken on all these roles with determination and pride. Lieutenant General Madhuri Kanitkar has taken great strides in being on the forefront, in whatever she undertakes. As the third female Lieutenant General in the history of India, she has broken society-perceived stereotypes. “My parents and teachers never considered gender an obstacle to achieve dreams. My parents taught me and my two sisters that nothing is impossible,” she informs. Speaking of society-perceived stereotypes, one of those has been that the armed forces are male dominated. Lt Gen Kanitkar is quick in debunking that myth. “The armed forces predominantly have male workers, but not dominated by gender stereotypes. All my roles, be it a soldier, a teacher, a doctor or for that matter, my appointment…

6 min.
need for speed

How many of us remember stating ‘Princess’, ‘Model’, or ‘Nurse’, when posed with the question, ‘What would you like to be when you grow up?’ And how many of us remember the answers our male peers would respond with? Whether we want to admit it or not, society has always been busy dictating dos and don’ts to both genders. Boys shouldn’t cry like girls or throw like them. Girls shouldn’t play with GI Joes but with Barbies, instead. Then there are women like India’s, Alisha Abdullah; women who don’t do what they’re supposed to do, and dare to be different. For Abdullah, she wasn’t really defying norms because racing was in her DNA. In fact, Abdullah holds the record for being India’s first female national racing champion, super-speeding in bike, kart,…

10 min.
pushing boundaries

The opening batswoman of the Indian cricket team; first Indian woman (only the second Indian after Virat Kohli) to hit a double century in one-day matches; a cricketer to have crossed the 1000-run mark in T20 internationals; winner of several awards including Best Women’s International Cricketer 2018 (BCCI), Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for the best female cricketer of the year 2018 by ICC and the ODI Player of the Year by the ICC in the same year. That’s Smriti Mandhana for you, a player with determination, dedication, focus, hard work and a never-give-up attitude. She let’s us in on how she managed to achieve it all! You were inspired to play cricket after watching your brother, and your father played at the district level as well. Did you face any issues when…