On female gaze in detective writing and knowing Indian women
We start this episode with the questions that each one of us struggle with - about being control oriented or getting into the super woman syndrome and about balancing the various roles a woman plays.
Harini talks about what she had to give up and how she had to learn to say no, even to things close to her heart. Most often we hear about saying no in the context of when we are overworked or taken for granted etc, but the insight about saying no to what one likes and in the process giving chance to others who may better than oneself, is quite refreshing.
We then move on to the topic of women hesitating about talking openly, especially about their challenges. She talks about how it is extremely important for women in senior roles to talk about this and to set the momentum, to encourage young women.
We discuss her first novel and the female gaze set in the detective setting. Harini shares her thoughts on how interacting with women, especially creative women who become interesting people after their husbands pass away.
She talks about points like "women's dream can be as big as husband's ego" and the origin of such lines from reflective discussions with her own mom and how writing about these become therapeutic for her.
We also discuss the context of the protagonist and the feedback from Harini's young daughter on the character. It is very interesting to see how generations have evolved and how their perspectives on the same character plays out very differently.
We also talk about the importance of trying to know the women who lived before us and how their lives shape ours. Harini shares how it is important for us with a lot of opportunities to read about this and how some of us in leadership positions at work and home need to give younger women more opportunities and remove obstacles from their way.
She signs off sharing very important tips for all women - to find time for our creative pursuits and what is most critical for women to pursue our dreams.
In Part 1 of this 2 part series, we had examined how Harini manages to find time, despite being super busy - and there are a lot of practical tips throughout that episode. Do click here to know more about it.
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