Women on Twitter

As I did my research for the Women’s Day Series, I was surprised to find the number of lists on Women on Twitter… I am yet to create my own list and it will take some time since I have just become active on Twitter. Nevertheless, I have compiled all the useful and interesting links I found about Women on Twitter…

Hope you find this compilation useful!

The Nifty Top 50 Women on Twitter @ http://webbiquity.com/social-media-marketing/the-nifty-50-top-women-of-twitter-for-2011/

Twitters Top 75 Badass Women @ http://www.bitrebels.com/social/twitter%E2%80%99s-top-75-badass-women/ Top

Business Women to Follow on Twitter @ http://www.mba-online-program.com/top-women-to-follow-on-twitter 8/

 Extraordinary Women to Follow on Twitter @ http://www.8womendream.com/27075/more-8-women-dreamers-on-twitter/ 

18 Funny Women you should be following on Twitter @ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/23/18-funny-women-on-twitter_n_1224751.html &  http://holykaw.alltop.com/18-funny-women-to-follow-on-twitter  

20 Inspiring Young Female Founders to Follow on Twitter @ http://www.forbes.com/sites/meghancasserly/2012/02/10/20-inspiring-young-female-founders-to-follow-on-twitter/

 8 Women to Follow on Twitter @ http://businessontwitter.co.uk/twitter/2011/03/international-womens-day-8-women-to-follow-on-twitter/

Top 20 Business Women to Follow on Twitter @ http://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2010/10/06/womanzworld-top-20-business-women-to-follow-on-twitter/


People you should follow on Twitter @ http://www.cosmopolitan.com/advice/people-you-should-follow-on-twitter

 The Listorious 140 Twitterers : The Most Listed People on Twitter @ http://listorious.com/top/listed

The Most Powerful Twitter Users @ http://tweet.grader.com/top/users

The First 99 People to Follow on Twitter @ http://technmarketing.com/2010/08/the-first-99-people-to-follow-on-twitter/


The 9 Women Bloggers I’ve Learnt From

As a blogger, I’ve read zillions of blogs from several bloggers across the globe. And I have learnt from some blogs, been inspired by some blogs, laughed at some blogs, gone back wiser after reading some blogs and of course, vowed never again to visit some blogs..

On the occasion of Women’s Day, I wanted to dedicate a post to The 9 Women Bloggers who I’ve learnt from. Since my personal interests are diverse, the list below is a reflection of this diversity. Each of these bloggers has a unique style of writing, different focus and niche, different brand image and different follower base. However, personally every time I visit their blogs – I learn, I am inspired, I get new ideas or I get answers to questions.

And just wanted to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU ALL! Keep Blogging! Happy Blogging!

So without any further ado, let me list them below in alphabetical order:
Amy Oscar
Blog @ http://amyoscar.com/
Focus: Life, Inspiration

Ann Tran
Blog @ http://ann-tran.com/
Focus: Social Media, Inspiration

Blog @ http://www.mydiversekitchen.com/
Focus: Cooking (Indian)

Heidi Cohen
Blog @ http://heidicohen.com
Focus: Social Media, Marketing

Kristie Heins
Blog @ www.kikolani.com
Focus: Blogging, Social Media

Lisa Petrilli
Blog @ http://www.lisapetrilli.com/
Focus: Visionary Leadership

Margie Clayman
Blog @ www.margieclayman.com
Focus: Social Media, Marketing, Advertising

Paula Pant
Blog @ http://afford-anything.com
Focus: Freedom, Wealth, Personal Finance

Blog @ http://sree-firststeps.blogspot.in/
Focus: Parenting (India)

As I did my research on Women’s Day, I discovered that there were so many lists on Women’s blogs and exposed me to several new women bloggers.. While I have not yet read all of them, felt it would be worthwhile to share the links that I found interesting…

100 Must Read Blogs… By Women

Top 100 Female Bloggers
Top 10 Female Bloggers in the World
Women in Blogging : 125 Fearless Female Bloggers
Top 100 Women Bloggers you should be reading
This List of Top 10 Blogs by Women Might Change Your Life.
50 Best Blogs by Women

Nischala’s Blog-o-Rendezvous with AISHWARYA SURESH

Aishwarya is the founder of Banna Creations. As a part of her corporate career, Aishwarya has a decade of experience with Fortune-100 IT / ITES companies leading sales, marketing and sales support teams before she became an entrepreneur. Though an Electrical Engineer by qualification, she has always taken a keen interest in India’s rich cultural heritage and vast repertoire of hand-crafted products and textiles that are the livelihood of millions of people across the country. Aishwarya is also a painter, a potter and runs marathons in her spare time.

Banna in Kannada means ‘color’. Banna Creations is a platform for customers to easily access exquisite hand- crafted products from India. Banna specializes in hand-made textiles, art & craft products that are commercially un-exposed / marginally exposed and not easily accessible. The products range from handmade art and craft to handloom and weaves from across India. In doing so, Banna provides commercial and social upliftment to artists and artisans, creates awareness about different forms of art, craft, weaves and textiles and helps both products and the creators move into the mainstream. The long-term vision for Banna is to create a Creative Centre for Art and Craft that will be used by artists and artisans to showcase their work and for regular workshops and training sessions to train interested individuals and groups.
Banna creations has also been featured in several leading publications including papers like “The Hindu” and magazines like “Femina”. Stop by her website or blog , Follow her on Twitter @bannacreations, Or Check her Facebook page

Nischala: Hi Aishwarya! Congrats on the success of your recent exhibition and more importantly on the great initial success as an entrepreneur. So tell me how it all started?
Aishwarya:  Thank You! Banna Creations is 6 months old and was conceptualized with the objective to revive Indian hand-made art and crafts. The aim is not just to provide a retail outlet for the products created by Indian artists and craftsmen, but also by working to create a larger awareness of several art forms and the artists who create them using traditional skills that have been handed down the ages.
To be honest, there were multiple triggers for starting this venture. Firstly, my personal interest in the Indian heritage of hand-made arts and crafts. Secondly, my personal experiences in retail stores made me realize a large number of products being sold as Indian handicraft were not necessarily hand-crafted. So the word handicraft or even handloom as it is known today which does not necessarily mean that a product is actually being hand- crafted.
The result is that traditional skills and the people practicing them are completely lost in the whole value chain from production to the retail shelf. Artists and artisans lose their traditional means of livelihood and don’t get their due. The beauty of the traditional art form and the whole process of creating a product and the people involved in the creation was and is a story waiting to be told.
Banna works with the following objectives:
1) To provide a connect between the artisans who are creating these hand-made arts and crafts to the end-customer. Essentially, to provide opportunities for people to understand and learn the age-old unique techniques of these art and craft forms. And more importantly to appreciate heritage family traditions and Indian art forms. This is being done by  our exhibitions and corporate sales, and also by workshops and demonstrations which are platforms for artisans to interact directly with a customer base and showcase their skills
2) To provide additional monetization avenues to the artists and craftsman for their products – with the intent that this will ensure that these art forms continue to exist, and not really perish with time

Nischala: That’s awesome. But the decision to leave a flourishing corporate job to doing something of your own is not easy… How was it in your case?
Aishwarya: Hmm.. I spent a lot of time on background research and analysis to understand issues from various angles. I mainly tried to understand issues and problems faced by artisans as well as the way in which retail stores operate in this sector in India today. Over a period of time, I was clear about 3 things:
1) I was deeply passionate about this – And I believe that passion is the key element which can actually enable you to make such a choice,
2) I strongly believed that I could make a difference
3) With the vision and scale of impact I had in mind, it was not possible to toggle between a corporate job and a venture such as this which is a 24X7 job. – So I made a choice to quit.
In my case, I was lucky that I received full support from friends and family. And that’s been one of my BIGGEST lessons so far – An entrepreneur does not survive alone. You need an entire ecosystem to support you. In my case, my family and friends were willing to believe in what I believed in.

Nischala: OK. So what kind of support did your family extend?
Aishwarya: In my specific case, there are no entrepreneurs on my side of the family. So my mentor for understanding basics of running a business was my father-in-law. He runs his own enterprise, so helped me with all the documentation and paper-work. For marketing, my husband who is a marketing guru has helped by putting in place Banna’s marketing strategy which I execute.. And I must confess that it’s a lot of hard-work. And my family and friends have stood by me in many small and big ways to ensure that I am able to give my time and energy towards something I believe in and am truly passionate about.

Nischala: So, what’s the tough part?
Aishwarya: The tough and yet very fulfilling part is that I do everything on my own – My exhibitions, dealing with vendors, suppliers and artisans itself. Also, given that the sector is completely unorganized, the need to adhere to deadlines needs to be re- iterated several times over.. There is also always the challenge of balancing quality versus quantity. There have been several instances where quality has been compromised because of tight deadlines and larger quantities and entire shipments have been sent back as a result. However disheartening this might sound the sheer sense of fulfillment after the completion of an exhibition or workshop or executing an order makes up for a lot of tough challenges that one constantly faces.

Nischala: What’s the happiest moment in your journey so far?
Aishwarya: I think the happiest moment is that I have been able to achieve the primary objective of Banna in less than 6 months – which is essentially to connect artisans with customers. The model of my initiative is not ONLY to sell, but to provide that connect, to revive art forms and to re-create a market. So we’ve successfully done workshops and exhibitions; and have received a phenomenal response. Workshops are where you can see how these products are created and also learn from the artisans themselves. For e.g: We’ve done a painting workshop, embroidery workshop, etc.

Nischala: But many of these art forms are on products which don’t sell. Like many women don’t wear saris as in the past. So is there any product innovation done?
Aishwarya: Yes. Absolutely. Based on my own ideas and feedback from customers. For e.g: There’s a specific form of embroidery (Kasuti) which is famous in North Karnataka and typically done on silk sarees. But not too many people wear sarees in the fast paced lives that we lead today. . So we have innovated in using this same embroidery to create other products which customers actually buy and use – like clutch purses, home linen, folders, books, files, etc. So we are promoting the art form and retaining livelihoods, but creating an alternate market – so there is a commercial success as well

Nischala: What’s been the response from the artists and craftsman?
Aishwarya: It’s been a mixed response. Some don’t think of it as a big deal, as many people have done it before. They are tougher to deal with. Some are hungry for business and for their art forms to get popularized. So it’s easier to work with them. Personally, I look at the positives and learn from all the experiences and never let myself get disheartened ( however difficult that is to do) regardless of the response I get from artisans as well as from customers.

Nischala: If you had to look back at your corporate job, and yourself now – what is the biggest change?
Aishwarya: It’s a lot of HARD WORK to be on your own. I used to work 16 – 17 hours a day as a part of my corporate job, but this is different because this is so much more intense. You are that much more driven since this is for yourself. You are answerable to yourself and at all times to the vision and the reason why this was started.
Also, since I am on my own and it is a new venture, the sheer amount of brain-work to get things moving is phenomenal. Financially too, every single earning is ploughed back into the initiative as we need to grow and expand.

Nischala: So what’s the long term vision? Something like a Dilli Haat in Bangalore?
Aishwarya: Well.. One is to (re-)create and generate a market for these products, and really that means for the traditional handicraft and hand-made art forms – So in that sense, it can be called a Dilli Haat. The other critical part is to have a centre of art and craft which will essentially be a space where artists and artisans can showcase their skills and conduct demonstrations and workshops at all times. . People can not only buy products, it’s an opportunity for self-education and also people can also learn how to do these

Nischala: Just curious, but how has the response been for the workshops? Are people keen to learn and what kind of people attend these?
Aishwarya: There’s been a phenomenal response for the workshops. Initially I was anxious myself, as I did not know if people had time or interest. Surprisingly, all kinds of people have attended – Diversity in age (17 – 70), Men & Women, Professions – House-wife, HR head, Trainer, NGO, etc. And they’ve all giving me very positive feedback, which is encouraging…

Nischala: That’s good to hear. So given that there’s a lot of ways for new businesses to leverage digital marketing and social media, do you use these at Banna?
Aishwarya: Yes absolutely. Marketing is basically digital marketing or more specifically social media marketing – We use Facebook, Twitter , our blog etc.. Our web-site is work–in-progress and the best part is that it has an online payment gateway to facilitate online sales. So looking forward to the launch to facilitate this

Nischala: Awesome! That’s great progress. So any last words you want to share as a part of this rendezvous?
Aishwarya: I recently had the opportunity to attend the Development Dialogue 2012 at Hubli conducted by the Gururaj Deshpande Foundation. Development Dialogue is a three day event that brings together hundreds of practitioners, academics, investors, grassroots activists, philanthropists and entrepreneurs from across the world to discuss sustainable solutions to society’s problems.
This year the key note speaker was N R Narayana Murthy and he spoke about the journey of Infosys. That was so inspirational, and also something that I will never forget. Three basic messages stuck with me and this is what I will share in regards to starting and being an entrepreneur:
* “Never lose sight of your goals”
* “Believe in what you want to achieve”
* “Constantly re- invent yourself and innovate”
Very powerful messages and they will stay with me….

Nischala: Great Aishwarya! Best wishes on your journey at Banna. And hope it brings back color into the life’s of many…. Thanks for your time
Aishwarya: Thank You

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The 5 Distinguishing Traits of a PROSPEROUS WOMAN

On the occasion of Women’s Day, I spent a significant amount of time on women – I read about them, observed them, analyzed them and interacted with them – Women in business, Women in art, Women in politics, Women in power, Women in academics, Women at work, Women who have it all, Women who are a part of my life, Women who rule my life 🙂

On reflection, I realized that some women were definitely more PROSPEROUS than others. There is no universal definition of prosperity … But whatever is your definition of PROSPERITY and in whatever sphere you are looking at, you will find these traits listed below as TRULY DISTINGUSHING in a PROSPEROUS WOMAN

All the women who I consider prosperous have this as a distinguishing trait – They are deeply connected with their femininity. They are aware of it they accept it and also know how to leverage this strength in their life. There is a definite power in femininity – Just that many women are unaware of it, ignore it or simply choose to underplay it. And those who are able to harness it in their lives usually end up prosperous

Prosperous women are amazingly positive. Encircle them with the worst situation or circumstance, and they’ll still be positive – Rather they will choose to look at the positive and find a way out. And I don’t mean that they are disconnected from reality, but more in terms of being pragmatic and positive. Positivity is a mind-set; and some woman are born this way, some are conditioned this way and some turn out this way. Just pause and reflect “Would you rather be around someone who is always positive or negative?”

Being accepting is a truly admirable trait and one which make a REAL DIFFERENCE in the life of a woman. And prosperous women have TRULY made peace and accepted their past, their strengths, their weakness, their power and their many roles – In one word ACCEPTED THEMSELVES FOR WHAT THEY ARE.

I was surprised when I discovered this. But openness seems to really stand out when it came to prosperous women – They were open in their thoughts, in their expressions, with their emotions, to people, experiences, life, and most importantly, to learn/un-learn and re-learn…

Prosperous women observe, are aware, sense, are sensitive, understand – what you say, what you don’t say, what you feel and many times even what you’re thinking. They have an exclusive combination of a high EQ (Emotional Quotient),high IQ (Intellectual Quotient) and high SQ (Spiritual Quotient) which is balanced… This gives them a unique insight into people and human behavior. Of course, they continuously enrich these quotients with their real-life interactions & experiences; and continuously improve along the way

What do you think? Do the prosperous women in your life exhibit one / more of these distinguishing traits? Leave a comment to let me know…

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Nischala’s Blog-o-Rendezvous with LISA PETRILLI

Lisa Petrilli is today’s featured star in my Blog-o-Rendezvous Series.

Chief Executive Officer, C-Level Strategies, Inc. | Chief Operating and Marketing Officer, To Be a Woman global platform | Chief Relationship Officer, CEO Connection | Author, eBook: The Introvert’s Guide to Success in Business and Leadership | Passionate about Visionary Leadership | #LeadershipChat co-Host
You can follow Lisa on Twitter OR Stop by her blog

Personally, Lisa Petrilli has been one of the TRULY INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN I’ve known in the online world. So I was thrilled that she agreed to do this rendezvous and was super excited to have the opportunity of talking with her…

Nischala: Hi Lisa. Thank you so much for talking to me. It is indeed an honor and pleasure to connect with you. Also, let me confess that you truly are an inspiration to me & several women across the world.
Lisa: Thank you so much for this opportunity. It’s wonderful to talk to you

Nischala: Since this is a Women’s day special, let’s start by what do you think defines a woman?
Lisa: As a woman, firstly it’s important to know yourself, accept yourself and empower yourself to honor your true identify. It’s important to live and work in balance with your feminine energy and embrace your feminine qualities in thoughts, actions and expressions. I believe every woman is unique and comes with different strengths. It’s important for women to spend time to connect within – To identify your own strengths and celebrate them.

Nischala: That’s a wonderful way to put it. So I see that a lot of your work is also centered on this theme. You are currently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) & Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of To Be a Woman Global platform. What is the aim of this platform?
Lisa: To-Be-A-Woman platform is a project dear to my heart. Vanda Teixeira is the CEO. I’m the COO and CMO. The aim is to empower women across the globe to bring excellence at and to the work-place. The focus is on enabling women to connect with your true self and letting go of any beliefs that hold you back in life as a woman. A woman can achieve true excellence in all spheres of life by balance – by aiming for balance in her family, her work and her inner journey. We plan to launch this in 2012 and will provide a bouquet of offerings like workshops, conferences, trainings, interactions and most importantly, provide women an opportunity to discover, connect and engage with each other. We are partnering with the World Trade Center of Atlanta on foundational and global aspects of this initiative.

Nischala: That’s awesome Lisa. Wishing you good luck for this wonderful initiative. So how do you think woman can really make their presence at the work place?
Lisa: It’s important to realize that there are many of aspects of being a woman.
Firstly, women should not feel the need to behave in a specific way to “fit in” to the masculine world of business and leadership. And I’m saying this because I spent more than twelve years in the corporate world. So I’ve seen many women make an extra effort here. For e.g: Courage as a quality can be feminine – just in a different way. The point is that a woman can exhibit courage at work and at home – Just that the manifestations and expressions will be different.
Secondly, it’s important to honor your emotions – not by suppressing them, but using them to help you move forward in life. And I don’t suggest that your emotions should get in your way at work. But really, they should enable you to achieve a positive consciousness, a higher consciousness. And I have found phenomenal success in business and leadership by looking at it in a feminine way. It is actually very empowering.

Nischala: But don’t organizations need you to demonstrate certain leadership qualities which may not be really “feminine”?
Lisa: Organizations need both. There are definite strengths which women bring to the table. For e.g: Women are excellent collaborators, Women are excellent listeners, Women can hold multiple points-of-view and in many cases, women are strong decision makers.
In my personal case, I have been in the corporate world for 12 years before I started on my own and my career has blossomed in a beautiful way after I was able to re-connect with my feminine side and it has been a wonderful journey of self-discovery, graceful evolution and personal transformation. What I’ve realized is that it’s important for women to focus and harness on your feminine energies & then leverage them in your individual context.

Nischala: That’s a beautiful way to describe it. But I’ve known of several women who’ve had a rough ride because they were more connected with their feminine side. What’s your view on that?
Lisa: Life is a journey in which we are all constantly evolving. It’s important for you to love yourself and feel connected to who you really are. Only then, you will bring more light to the world… If someone does not accept you and the changes in you, that is a reflection of them and not YOU. As long as you are comfortable in your skin and are at peace within, that’s most important.

Nischala: That’s such an insightful answer Lisa. So who is the most inspirational woman in your life?
Lisa: Like many women, it is my mother – Simply because she has demonstrated in action the virtues of courage and grace – which I believe is the essence of being a woman.

Nischala: Lisa, I’ve never met you in my life. And even by talking to you across continents, you exude such a positive energy that I can feel it in your voice and words. How do you manage to stay so positive and radiate so much positivity?
Lisa: Thank you so much. It’s such a lovely complement. Thank You! Over the years I have learnt to stay and be positive. It’s important in the journey of life. We all know and have issues to deal with, but what’s important is how you consciously shape your thoughts and how you choose to express yourself – That’s what makes the REAL DIFFERENCE.
I’ve learnt to connect with my inner self. It’s a lot of spiritual work and as a result, I’m able to bring positivity into all that I do. Every morning I do spend quiet time in a sacred space. I also write if something’s on my mind and find writing truly liberating. It enables me to release the negativity and I am then immersed in positive energy.
There’s a larger purpose and meaning to my life – And that gives me the energy and inspiration to keep going.

Nischala: That’s excellent Lisa. Best wishes for all your future endeavors. May you radiate this positivity and hope you find happiness, balance and most importantly, your able to achieve the TRUE PURPOSE of your LIFE!
Lisa: Thank You for talking to me… Have a lovely day!

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8 Pearls of WISDOM from my MOTHER

On the occasion of Women’s Day, I wanted my MOTHER to write a post to articulate her views on any subject of her choice. After all, my mother is the reason that I am, and has played a pivotal role in what I have become today. After a lot of persistence, she finally agreed :). Since this was a Women’s Day special, I asked her for her advice to any Woman…

Here’s what she said:
As a woman, it’s important to take care of your own health to be able to do justice to all the roles you will play in life. Eat right, eat at the right time and eat for the right reasons – And instill this in your family – They may not like it in the short term, but over a period of time they will be grateful that you invested in their health with a little common-sense and discipline. Exercise periodically. Learn and Practice yoga and pranayama.

As a woman, you need to be able to understand that SILENCE is GOLDEN. Several times, you get what you want by being silent and lose what you can gain by speaking. Of course, be judicious and wise on when you choose silence. More importantly, many women have a crying need to speak and express and be heard. Sometimes, it’s OK to not be heard.. Sometimes, it’s OK to keep your thoughts, views and emotions to yourself…

Life is a mixed bad – It comes with ups and downs, good and bad times, happiness and sorrow, success and failure. Try to stay positive – Think positive. Look at the positive things that you have in life and be grateful for them. Associate with positive people.

Always Always Always BELIEVE in YOURSELF. Don’t doubt your strengths, capabilities, choices or decisions – They all happen for a purpose and reason. And it’s usually all for the good

5) Do your BEST in LIFE
Whatever you do in life, do whole-heartedly and the best you can – whatever be the circumstance. Don’t expect anything in return (or rather keep your expectations low), but just focus on what you can do and leave the rest

There is an overarching force and power which guides the ways of the universe – Whatever you choose to call it – God or Guru or Soul. Have faith in this power and that there are some things in life which will be beyond your control, for which you won’t have answers… But just have faith that whatever happens is for the best

As a woman, you should plan and invest in your financial security. While earning is important, what is more important is to save, invest wisely and also spend time to understand personal finances. Women generally tend to ignore learning about personal finance – in spite of being educated or employed – Spend some time to understand personal finance.

8) Give – Do your BIT for a GOOD CAUSE
No matter how much or little you have, you can always give and share – Be it water, food, a shoulder, a ear, an idea, a thought, a deed,.. However small it may seem – It’s your karma; and most importantly, it made a difference to someone…

What are the words of wisdom your mother shared? Leave a comment to let me know

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What better way to start the WOMEN’S DAY Special Series than sharing a few SPLENDID Quotes on WOMEN… In this blog, I am listing my personal favorites. Some touched me, some amused me, some got me thinking and some just got etched deep in my memory….

“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”
By Brigham Young

“There are women who make things better… simply by showing up. There are women who make things happen. There are women who make their way. There are women who make a difference. And women who make us smile. There are women of wit and wisdom who through strength and courage make it through. There are women who change the world everyday… Women like you.”
By Ashley Rice

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”
By Coco Chanel

“In politics, If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.”
By Margaret Thatcher

“A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.”
By D.H. Lawrence

“A witty woman is a treasure; a witty beauty is a power.”
By George Meredith

“The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.”
By Yves Saint-Laurent

“One is not born a woman, one becomes one”
By Simone de Beauvoir

“My gran had always told me that a woman–any woman worth her salt–could do whatever she had to.”
By Charlaine Harris

“Every word a woman writes changes the story of the world, revises the official version.”
By Carolyn See

“The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world.”
By Edgar Allan Poe

“Nothing on this planet can compare with a woman’s love—it is kind and compassionate, patient and nurturing, generous and sweet and unconditional. Pure. If you are her man, she will walk on water and through a mountain for you, too, no matter how you’ve acted out, no matter what crazy thing you’ve done, no matter the time or demand. If you are her man, she will talk to you until there just aren’t any more words left to say, encourage you when you’re at rock bottom and think there just isn’t any way out, hold you in her arms when you’re sick, and laugh with you when you’re up. And if you’re her man and that woman loves you—I mean really loves you?—she will shine you up when you’re dusty, encourage you when you’re down, defend you even when she’s not so sure you were right, and hang on your every word, even when you’re not saying anything worth listening to. And no matter what you do, no matter how many times her friends say you’re no good, no matter how many times you slam the door on the relationship, she will give you her very best and then some, and keep right on trying to win over your heart, even when you act like everything she’s done to convince you she’s The One just isn’t good enough.
That’s a woman’s love—it stands the test of time, logic, and all circumstance…. Well, I’m here to tell you that expecting that kind of love— that perfection—from a man is unrealistic. That’s right, I said it—it’s not gonna happen, no way, no how. Because a man’s love isn’t like a woman’s love.”

By Steve Harvey

Nischala’s 2012 Women’s Day Special Series

On the occasion of International Women’s Day (8 March 2012), I’ll be running a special feature on my blog about Women

A note on Women’s Day below:
Women’s Day is celebrated throughout the globe on 8th March every year. I read about the history, background and reasons for the celebration of this day. From my understanding, it’s a SPECIAL DAY to acknowledge, appreciate, respect, honor and express gratitude to the role, contributions and achievements of women all over the world in the history of time…
Some argue that a special day is not required to celebrate being a WOMAN….But on the other hand, if there’s already a day for celebrating being A WOMAN, then I guess might as well revel in it 

The Schedule for this Series is below:
5 March 2012 (Mon) – The Most SPLENDID Quotes on Women
6 March 2012 (Tue) – Words of Wisdom for any WOMAN from my MOTHER
7 March 2012 (Wed) – Nischala’s Blog-o-Rendezvous with LISA PETRILLI
8 March 2012 (Thu) – The Distinguishing Traits of a PROSPEROUS WOMAN
9 March 2012 (Fri) – Nischala’s Blog-o-Rendezvous with AISHWARYA SURESH
10 March 2012 (Sat) – The 9 Women Bloggers I’ve Learnt From
11 March 2012 (Sun) – Women on Twitter

For further reading on Women’s Day, check the links below:

You can also follow @womensday on Twitter to stay tuned to the Women’s Day happenings across the world!!! You can use the #womensday Hashtag to search for global updates…

The 12 New-Year-Worthy Questions to ask yourself at the start of 2012

It’s the start of 2012. It’s a new calendar year. It’s a new beginning. One which you should welcome with an open mind, positive energy, new passions, fresh dreams and new hopes…
The New Year is a great time to pause reflect and introspect on life’s many dimensions. And then decide what you would like to focus your energies on during 2012 – With the right intent, great enthusiasm, positive energy and in good spirit. In this blog, I have listed the 12 New-Year-Worthy questions that you should ask yourself and answer in all honesty again to yourself. If nothing else, the answers will show you the real picture and burst a few bubbles…

1) Am I doing things that I love?
If you are doing things you love, then great. If not, then you probably would give one of the following reasons –Circumstances out of my control, Other Priorities, Unplanned / unexpected situations, Never ending Constraints, Commitments to be honored, Personal Limitations. Well, do remember that every human-being anywhere on this earth (either today or generations ago) had / has one / many of the above at one / many phases in life– So you are not alone. And yet, some people always find or make the time to do things that they love. Maybe you need to just squeeze in that little time to do things you love or make a vocation of the things you love. Doing things you love will make you happy

2) Am I learning enough?
Learning is a very important dimension to personal growth and development. It does not matter what you are learning, from whom you are learning, how you are learning, how much you are learning – But what’s important is that you learn consciously and invest some time and effort regularly to learn new things. If in your own assessment you are not learning enough, then it’s important to identify what you want to learn in 2012 and set aside time on a regular basis for learning

3) Am I content with the current state of my overall health?
The fact is that your overall state of health and well-being will determine the quality of your life today and tomorrow. Hence, it is imperative that you take time to invest in your overall health and wellness. In reality, you know your state of personal health the best, and hence you would be the best judge. If you are not content, then it’s time to ask yourself what is it that you need to, want to do and should do to improve it?

4) Am I really happy with myself?
Another very profound question – But the answer to which can sometimes be a revelation to you. Simply because you try to make everyone around you happy; and end up unhappy with yourself. So do mull over this and see if you need to change one / many aspects of your own life

5) Am I spending time with those who matter to me?
Again, time is one of your most valuable personal assets. So use it wisely, and ensure that you earmark some time periodically for those who matter to you – It can be your family, friends, staff, acquaintances, colleagues, soul-mates, etc. But sharing your life with those who matter strengthens relationships and does wonders to your happiness quotient

6) Am I living life to the best of my potential?
You are endowed with infinite potential – Some you are aware, some unexplored and some ignored. But if you ask yourself this question again and follow it with Why? Why Not? – You will get the answers. Not just a Yes No kind of answer, but more importantly answers which will enable you to live life to the best of your potential

7) Am I content with my current state of personal finances?
Your current state of personal finances is a function of how much you have earned, how much you have saved, how wisely you invested and most importantly how much effort you took to understand and review your finances periodically. And your state of personal finance will determine the choices that you will make today, and in the future. So if this dimension of your life needs attention, give it the attention it deserves now

8) Am I happy with the current state of my immediate living environment?
Your current living environment – be it at work or office or anywhere else affects your thoughts, your energies, your productivity and your creativity. So make sure it is clean, well-organized and the way you want it to be – to get the best out of yourself

9) Have I made peace with my past?
Many of us tend to hold on to our past; and how ever hard we try we are unable to let-go. And in life it’s important to let-go and make peace with your past – especially the negativity. Just accept it and release the baggage. Of course, it is wise to take the lessons along. And then focus your energies on the present and future

10) Am I giving enough?
In life, you give some and you get some. Most of us tend to receive more than we give. In the long run, it’s important to give – To friends, family, acquaintances, co-workers, an unknown face, a needy soul, someone less fortunate, another living being.
And what can you give? A smile, an advice, a thought, a good deed, an idea, a motivation, an inspiration, time, knowledge, support, a shoulder, a ear, a helping hand, a life lesson, wisdom..

11) Do I need to review the state of my online / offline data?
Over the years, most of us have gigabytes of data which we have accumulated – on hard disk, mails, social media profiles, etc. etc. And along the way, you have not spent enough time in maintaining them and hence today they are crying for maintenance. And you never get around to doing it – simply because it can wait, it’s boring and it takes time. Well! The reality is that it is only going to grow with time and before it gets completely unmanageable, you might as well begin with regular up-keep and maintenance. Hence, the New Year is a good time to critically review, clean and organize all your online and offline data – Simply by deleting unwanted content and organizing useful content better.

12) Am I really experiencing life?
Are you really experiencing life – Love, Laughs, Romance, Tears, Cultures, People, Heart-breaks, Passions, Rainbows, Disappointments, Failure, Trials, Experiments, Cuisines, Technology,…..
Because the more open you are, the more your experience, the more you enjoy and the more fulfilling life is…

And on that note, I hope 2012 brings your way good health, joys, happiness, new passions, gratifying relationships, loads of wealth, success, prosperity and dreams fulfilled.

Happy New Year 2012!!!