Surabhi Surendra, is slowly discovering her love for movies and books as she chronicles her life on her blog Womanatics. She is now a full time working mom who works around her five year old daughter and husband after having worked in the IT industry for half a decade. She lived in Andaman and Nicobar Islands for four years and believes that it is the most beautiful place on the earth.
This awesome woman is well educated. She works part time in a prestigious company and for a few days a week, she works with special kids in a nearby school. She is a woman of substance. A woman of morality and a woman of courage. Yet, how I wish she could be a little more selfish...
With my daughter starting school, the flock of stylish, fit moms I'd see daily made me re-evaluate my own appearance. Weeks passed by and then months of watching other women dressed up so impeccably in pleated dresses with polished shoes. My complex about my body expanded to include my clothes as well.
I remember how I questioned myself repeatedly when I got engaged to my now husband. Why did he choose me? Why didn't he pick a fellow IAS woman from his academy? He could have found a much more beautiful girl than me, what does he see in me? I hope he doesn't regret his decision later. And so on and on it went. Fortunately, I decided to open up to him about my anxieties.
A couple of years ago, when I lived in a remote island in the Andamans, I tried my hand at making beautiful, easy, economical and environment-friendly (and organic) candles. The best thing is that anyone can create the following five types of candles in a matter of minutes.
This experiment officially began in earnest on the day my five-year-old insisted on painting my toe nails in two colours. I wasn't convinced, but she pointed to her own colourful toes. "Mama, don't my feet look cute?" How could I say no? I embraced her and from there started my journey of being groomed by my child. Not only did this give me so much pleasure at a personal and maternal level, it also made me realise how much unnecessary emphasis we women give to body image and appearances.
One day, I removed the TV's cable wire and my husband and I challenged each other on who would start watching it again. Both of us stayed away from TV for a fortnight.
(I lost the challenge and switched on the TV first.)
Imagine the cinematic powerhouse when you have a visionary, talented woman standing behind the lens and directing another creative woman to bring magic, not just on screen but also in the real lives of viewers. Below is my pick of the best 10 movies that have been directed by Indian women.