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5 Indian Women Who Became Role Models Of Empowerment

Today’s young women are caught between generations, forced to choose from women who were housewives and those who had a full-time career. What they lack are role models of women who embody the principles of empowerment.

Here are 5 women of Indian origin, who became role models of empowerment when they decided to carve a niche for themselves in a man’s world.

  • Mother Teresa

    Mother Teresa

There is perhaps no more amazing Indian woman than Mother Teresa (now St. Teresa of Calcutta). Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, she is recognized as one the most selfless human beings in the world. In her honor many charities have been started in her name in over 123 different countries.

These charities work as hospices, homes for the dying, homes for those with HIV/AID and many other difficult diseases. Mother Teresa herself worked, walked, held and cried over the people that no one else would touch themselves.

She brought into light the suffering of many and challenged countless thousands to answer the call to defend the helpless in society. Mother Teresa was known for saying that the hunger for someone to love them is more difficult to overcome than the need for bread to feed their body.

  • Aishwarya RaiAishwarya Rai

Ms. Rai won the Miss World crown in 1994 and has been on the rise ever since. Aishwara certainly is glamorous and possibly one of the most beautiful working mothers today.

Madame Tussaud has fashioned a wax statue of her which is showcased in London. Even the Netherlands love her, where she has her very own tulip bearing her name.

Rai is the ambassador for the Eye bank association in India’s nationwide promotional campaign. This campaign is to raise awareness for eye donations in Indiana. She has been greatly involved in campaigns to help eradicate polio in India.

In other news Rai has gotten involved with the International Year of Microcredit, in an effort to raise awareness of the UN’s poverty alleviation efforts.

  • Kalpana ChawlaKalpana Chawla

She will always be remembered as the first Indian-origin woman to become an American astronaut. She was onboard the tragic flight of Columbia that ended in an inflight explosion February 2003.

For her service to the United States she was awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. Chawla served on one other previous space flight also in the Columbia space vessel.

Many of the projects that Chawla worked and participated in can be found in various technical papers and journals.

  • Indra NooyiIndra Nooyi

India-born she attended IIM Calcutta and the Yale SO Management. Nooyi rightfully claimed the world’s attention when she became CEO of the world’s second largest corporation, PepsiCo.

Forbes has named her 4th on the 2008 and 2009 most powerful women in business. She has been named one of America’s Best Leaders.

Nooyi has 2 daughters and has been ranked and the 3rd most powerful Mom in the world.

  • indira gandhiIndira Gandhi

She served as the third prime Minister of India. She gained notoriety as she continued to serve for 3 consecutive terms, and then went on to serve an unprecedented fourth term. She was the only Prime Minister to declare a state of emergency to “rule by decree”.

To the end she was has also been the only prime minister to have been placed in prison for her decisions. Her arrest gained her great sympathy and popularity of many people.

Her life was cut short by her very own bodyguards in retaliation for ordering the army to enter the most famous Golden Temple to remove insurgents inside the temple.



Indian Instant Dhokla Recipe

By Sanchyeta Srivastava

This recipe is a dedication to my mother-in-law. She was the one who had taught me this Instant Dhokla Recipe. I know she is not among us. But, her soul will be proud of her daughter-in-law.

In today’s busy life, Indian working women can be best categorized as super-women who can manage their housework as well as their office tasks and projects intelligently and in a more organized way than in the past.

A lot of help has come from the advent of advanced kitchen appliances, such as Food Processors, Microwave Oven, and many other handy gadgets that help us work faster and efficiently in the kitchen.

Other than these home appliances, there are some very thoughtful Indian food manufacturers who have produced and marketed ready-made spices. Some are in form of pastes, and some are prepared and processed food mixtures keeping in mind all the harried working women in India.

Indian women like to fulfill every demand of their husband and children. So, apart from our boss’s demands and expectations, we voluntarily engage ourselves in producing delicious Indian dishes and snacks instantly to make our family happy and satisfied.

As time has passed, we have found a short cut method to prepare some of the patent snacks and dishes and name them ‘Instant’, just like the Gujarati snack, ‘Dhokla‘ or ‘Khaman‘.

This snack has been modernized with some unique touches to prepare it instantly without disturbing its original taste and flavour. So, here is the recipe for the Instant Dhokla.

Ingredients for making Instant Dhokla:

(For the Batter)
Take 1 cup fine or sieved gram flour
1 cup Curd (beat),
1 teaspoon Eno powder,
1 teaspoon Cooking oil,
1/3 cup Water, and
Salt to taste

(For Tempering)
Take 1 tablespoon cooking oil,
1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds,
1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds,
1/2 teaspoon Sesame seeds,
1 to 2 small Green Chilies (finely chopped),
10 to 12 Curry leaves (separated from twigs)
1 tablespoon Fresh Coriander Leaves (finely chopped)


Take a large round or deep bowl and mix together gram flour, Curd, Oil and Salt so well that no lump remains. It would be better if you whip it with a spatula or a flat spoon to make it fluffy.

Let the batter to set for about 15 to 20 minutes. In a steamer or a pressure cooker, pour water with the separator into the steamer. Take a flat utensil or the pressure cooker tray and smudge the inside portion with some cooking oil till the rim so that no place left ungreased.

Add Eno powder and stir the batter slightly with a spoon. You will see that the batter begins to bubble like it starts to ferment. Without any much delay, adjust the utensil or the tray inside the steamer or the pressure cooker so it sits evenly.

Cover the lid without the whistle and put on the burner on high flame. After 15 minutes and put the burner off. Take the tray or utensil out of the steamer and let it cool for a while, say 5 minutes.

When cooled, cut the prepared Dhokla into small square pieces with a sharp knife. It will come out as cubes and place all of them in a flat utensil.

Now it is time for the tempering and seasoning of the prepared Dhokla. Heat the cooking oil in a swallow pan or pot. Sauté mustard seeds, cumin seeds and green chilies until they crackle.

Add sesame seeds and curry leaves and sauté a little and turn off the flame. Pour the prepared tempering over the Dhokla pieces and slightly turn each upside down so that every side is smudged with the tempering oil.

Garnish the snack with fresh green coriander leaves and slit green chilies. Serve hot or cold with Indian mint chutney or chili sauce.

Tips and Variations for the Instant Dhokla:

1. You can use Rava (sooji or semolina) or Oats for variation.

2. You can use Baking Soda or Bicarbonate instead of Eno powder.

3. Do not leave the batter idle after mixing Eno powder, otherwise, the batter can become bitter in taste and the prepared Dhokla may not come out fluffy and spongy.

4. You can make a sugar syrup and dip all the Dhokla pieces into it for soft, wet, and sweet flavour.

5. You will surely like this snack, as it has a soft, spongy, and light when you eat it.

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Interview Impression

How To Create A Good Impression In Interviews

By Jainee Gandhi

I’m starting my second career in Image Management, and am meeting individuals, corporate clients, students. In short, people from so many different backgrounds, walks of life.

From an 18-year old to a 65-year old. From a homemaker to a corporate bigwig. The first thing I have to do is decide the type of image I want to project while meeting every new individual.

Here are a few tips for creating an impressive interview image.

  • Dress Code:

Play safe and dress in conservative Western or Indian Formals. No Friday Dressing even if the interview or meeting is on weekends. If you are told in advance to dress casually it is still always better to be in semi-formal clothes.

  • Accessories:

Wear a good watch, handbag, right shoes, stud earrings and a simple neckpiece or scarf. You will have plenty of social occasions to flaunt your sexy shoes, lovely handbags and heavy jewellery.

  • Hygiene:

Invest in a good perfume, moisturize your skin, keep nails short and preferably uncoloured or, at least, lightly coloured. Your shoes must be in a good condition, clean and polished.

  • Grooming:

Apply the right amount of makeup appropriate for the occasion. A basic routine like sunblock, foundation , mild blush, kajal, eyeliner, mascara and a light lipstick (preferably matte) should be followed.

All colors that you choose for makeup should be mild. For Indian skin tones use shades of pink or light brown. If you have dark under eye circles, use a proper foundation to cover them.

  • Tattoos & Piercings:

Tattoos were considered to be taboo few years back, except for people in creative fields, but that is changing. For your first impression limit the exposure to your tattoos as much as possible.

You will have plenty to time to reveal your individuality once you have the job. If you have multiple piercings on your ear, wear studs and no hanging earrings.

  • Body Language:

Develop a good handshake and smile. 🙂 Practice replying in the affirmative and be confident.

Important points to note:

1. Carry TWO copies of your neatly written or printed resume
2. Carry a smart pen that is not branded by any other company.
3. Carry a small notepad to jot down important things
4. Silence your mobile phone (we all know this but it is important to follow)

For the first meeting always keep in mind what you want to convey and dress according. We all say “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but in reality we all do it consciously or unconsciously. So create the right first impression and you’re that much closer to getting the job.

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