3x Author, Engineer, 2x Quora Top Writer. I make videos about self-improvement, body positivity & feminism on YT & IG. anangsha.substack.com | IG: anangsha_

Writer, book lover, civil engineer, YouTuber, aspiring talk show host — not always all of them. Not always in order.

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Hi there!

I’m Ana. I’m 28 years old and was born in a small town called Jorhat in Assam — a hilly Indian state nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. English is my fourth language, but somehow the love for the language is rooted deep in my heart.

When I was young, my friends had dreams of becoming astronauts, movie stars, or pilots. I always wanted to be a writer.

There wasn’t even a single doubt in my head. It was my one true love.

I wrote my first poem when I was only four-years-old. When I was ten…

People from the Northeast are as much Indians as the people from the rest of the country

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I was born in Assam — a state in the northeastern part of India. Aside from Assam, there are six other states in this region — Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya, and Tripura — that are collectively known as “the Seven Sisters.”

Ethnically, the people from the northeastern part of the country have different features from the people in the mainland. We have fairer skin, straight hair, more slender build, and epicanthic folds in our eyes. As the book North-East India: Land, People and Economy makes clear:

“While the original settlers were the Mongoloids, the Indo-Aryan and other groups…

3 lessons in body-positivity from the most badass woman I know

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My best friend, Stuti, is a badass.

As her Instagram profile proclaims, she’s an unbothered queen. She’s an advocate of body positivity, of loving yourself no matter who you are or how you look.

I’ve never met any woman of my age so confident in her body. She rocks these amazing fashionable clothes like they were made for her. And even when she’s wearing the baggiest of pajamas, she looks like a million dollars.

But if you traveled fifteen years back in time, the Stuti I knew in school was very different from who she is today. Teenager Stuti was…

You don’t even have to be a woman

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How many times have you identified with a woman’s issue and haven’t spoken up because you thought you weren’t qualified enough?

Or that you knew you’d made a similar mistake in the past which automatically disqualifies you from speaking up about it now?

Amy Poehler’s Moxie, airing now on Netflix, shares a very important message that feminism doesn’t expect perfection. You can make mistakes and hurt people along the way, but as long as you keep learning, growing, and making sure you don’t consciously repeat them, you can still be a feminist.

Here are five lessons in feminism I learned…

Social media might not be feeding you the right information.

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“I’ve just got through my third cup of coffee, and it’s only 11 AM. Anyone else having a hard time today?”

The radio jockey’s voice blared through the speakers. I tapped my fingers on the steering wheel and listened on. The entire show was based on how people could send text messages to the RJ, and he’d read out some and play a song of their choice. It was fine in principle, but the number of people who messaged to talk about how they need caffeine to get through their day was surprising.

This got me thinking. Surely, the negative…

Cherish the good days and forgive yourself for the bad ones.

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I’ve had dark days. Days I couldn’t push myself out of bed; when even making myself a meal felt like too much effort.

There have been days I wished I’d stop existing. At least that way, the pain would go away.

I’ve had weeks and months where I wrote barely anything of any significance; countless hours I’ve been assailed by crushing self-doubt, and so many times when I “almost” gave up.

And yet, if you read the stories I wrote, you’d never guess.

That’s because, as a writer, my job is to curate the best part of my life and…

Concepts from the Bhagavad Gita that hit harder than any modern self-help advice.

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Mahatma Gandhi called the Bhagavad Gita as his “spiritual dictionary.”

Sanskrit for “The Song of God”, the Bhagavad Gita is a 701-verse Hindu scripture that is part of the epic Mahabharata. It’s considered to be the primary holy scripture for Hinduism, the world’s oldest religion.

At the start of the great war between the Pandavas and Kauravas, the Pandava prince Arjuna is assailed with a moral dilemma regarding the toll this war would take on both sides. He seeks advice from Lord Krishna, who then discusses the moral, ethical, philosophical, and spiritual aspects of Arjuna’s doubts. …

A Muslim Mosque, a Buddhist Monastery, and a Sikh Gurudwara might not be as different from each other as you’d think.

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I live in India — the melting pot of various cultures and religions. A few days ago, I visited three places of worship of three different religions. This article is about how these visits changed my life.

I was born and raised a Hindu, but if you asked me what religion I practice today, I’d tell you I’m a humanist. I believe humans have everything they need to achieve peace and contentment within their souls. It takes intense self-reflection, meditation, and self-awareness to uncover that truth.

I have immense respect for people who devoutly practice any religion. If prayer and…

The rise of influencer culture and devaluing information.

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My friend used to call Facebook “Fakebook.”

Sure, everything we see on social media is but one version of reality. It’s a kaleidoscope of thought leaders, models, and influencers carefully curating moments from their life to create a montage designed to titillate. In the name of inspiration, it can fill the consumer’s mind with a thousand insecurities and the need to fill their lives with meaningless accessories, make-up items, gadgets, and appliances.

The detrimental impact of social media usage has been well-documented, but are the people on the other end invulnerable?

What happens to the ones who create content to…

How to deliver value without forcing your audience to work hard

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Every piece of content you produce has a set of unwritten rules guiding it. Everyone wants to be a better writer, but few know how to play by these rules.

Breaking it down to the basics, it comes down to one simple aspect: holding your audience’s attention throughout and adding value with every line. That sounds about right, doesn’t it?

I listened to many successful podcasts over the past few days to get an idea of what makes them click. Surprisingly, several of the podcasts I listened to fail in this regard.

This article combines all these lessons and lists…

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