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“No one asks men why they did not marry, or whether or not they wanted children, but that question is always put to us women,” says #UrvashiButalia, dismissing the notion that being #childless cripples a #woman’s existence but not a man’s. “The moment you ask someone who does not have children why they are childless, you set them up as something away from the norm, and you set up marriage and children as the norm. But for many people, and certainly for me, marriage and/or children was never the ‘normalised’ necessary path of my life.”
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Five #mothers — each with their own unique parenting situation — and one #woman who has chosen a child-free existence speak to Meghna Pant (@meghna.pant) in order to debunk all the cliches and mistruths surrounding the idea of #motherhood.

Illustration: @dothedhruv
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#womenpower #womenachievers #inspiringwomen #power #change #womenempowerment #equality #rolemodel #womenwithverve #verveindia #MeghnaPant

We live in a world where #women dream of becoming mothers. Sadly, sometimes hope turns into always-hoping. This is a devastating experience. “I remember how painful it was when I couldn’t get pregnant naturally,” confesses Schauna Chauhan Saluja (@schaunachauhan), who is married to actor Bikram Saluja (@bikramsaluja1). But the failure of a woman’s body, or that of her partner’s, is not a failure of #hope. “We were open to options like #surrogacy. I did a lot of research on it. I also met with people who had done surrogacy. My #family and husband were supportive of it. All this reconfirmed my decision that it was a good option.”
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Five #mothers — each with their own unique parenting situation — and one #woman who has chosen a child-free existence speak to Meghna Pant (@meghna.pant) in order to debunk all the cliches and mistruths surrounding the idea of #motherhood.

Illustration: @dothedhruv
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#womenpower #womenachievers #inspiringwomen #power #change #womenempowerment #equality #rolemodel #womenwithverve #verveindia #SchaunaChauhanSaluja #BikramSaluja #MeghnaPant

India may know her as the #mastmast actor with a face that could launch a thousand ships, but what they don’t know is that Raveena Tandon (@officialraveenatandon) adopted two girls in 1994 when she was just 21 years old. “This was before Mohra (1994). My mother and I used to visit orphanages like Asha Sadan on our weekends. When my cousin passed away he left behind two young #daughters, Chaya and Pooja. I didn’t like the way their guardian was treating them so I took them #home with me. I didn’t think much of it. It came naturally to me. I wanted to give the #girls the life they deserved. I’m not a multibillionaire but I do what I can to help.”
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Five #mothers — each with their own unique parenting situation — and one #woman who has chosen a child-free existence speak to Meghna Pant (@meghna.pant) in order to debunk all the clichés and mistruths surrounding the idea of #motherhood.

Illustration: @dothedhruv
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#womenpower #womenachievers #inspiringwomen #power #change #womenempowerment #equality #rolemodel #womenwithverve #verveindia #RaveenaTandon #MeghnaPant

Being a #stepmom is not about #power or control, it's about the struggle within yourself and doing what is right for your partner and #stepchild(ren). It’s about how comfortable and #happy the children are in their #family and #childhood. Veteran actor Shabana Azmi’s (@azmishabana18) journey was no different when she married #JavedAkhtar, who had two children. Fortunately her journey with the children, actor-director Farhan (@faroutakhtar) and director Zoya Akhtar (@zoieakhtar) was not as rocky as expected.
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Five #mothers — each with their own unique parenting situation — and one #woman who has chosen a child-free existence speak to Meghna Pant (@meghna.pant) in order to debunk all the clichés and mistruths surrounding the idea of #motherhood.

Illustration: @dothedhruv
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#womenpower #womenachievers #inspiringwomen #power #change #womenempowerment #equality #rolemodel #womenwithverve #verveindia #ShabanaAzmi #FarhanAkhtar #ZoyaAkhtar #MeghnaPant

With a background in #science (which is also how Jöelle Ciocco (@Joëlle_Ciocco_Paris) approaches her speciality ‘#epidermatology’-- a term she specifically coined for what she does), Ciocco has built her #brand based on a multidimensional approach. She believes in treating the entire ecosystem of the body, not just the face, and is equal parts nutritionist, #beauty guru, therapist and dermatologist.
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#womenentrepreneurs #womenpower #womenachievers #inspiringwomen #power #change #womenempowerment #equality #rolemodel #womenwithverve #verveindia #workingwomen #professionalwomen #womenentrepreneurs #JöelleCiocco

#KallyEllis is the founder and owner of @McQueensFlowers, which is #London’s most sought-after #florist agency. She set it up in 1991, and it has since grown from a small shop in #Shoreditch into the mini empire it is today; with a massive store and an always fully-booked #flower school (with students from all over the world), her company has won many laurels.
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#womenentrepreneurs #womenpower #womenachievers #inspiringwomen #power #change #womenempowerment #equality #rolemodel #womenwithverve #verveindia #workingwomen #professionalwomen #womenentrepreneurs #McQueensFlowers

A Chilean-born #fashion #designer, #MariaCornejo (@zeromcornejo) has made #NYC her home for the past many decades, and is someone whose #clothes we think of as quintessentially #NewYork. They are #cool, easy to wear and have the ability to make you feel like the most #confident, #best version of yourself. The #woman she designs for — “talented, self-realised, #confident” — is precisely the #woman she is and who we all want to be.
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In today’s #BTRPicks, we select #ShirinSalwan, a talented stylist who styled this bold editorial for @verveindia along with makeup artist @taniatravers. It features top Indian model #PreetiDhata. 📷: @arjun.mark


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