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Women Of Strength

Women of strength together

Nothing exemplifies  the phrase women of strength more than my own experience with the women in my life, my Grandmother and Mother. I have been singularly lucky in my relationships with family and friends(sometimes in retrospect *wink*) and I am always amazed at the bond I share with my women friends.

A strong woman believes that she’s strong enough to face her journey, but women of strength have FAITH that it is in this journey that they will become strong

Indiblogeshwaris – Women of Strength

Today I am thrilled to share the first anniversary of “Indiblogeshwaris” a fabulous Facebook Group I had the privilege of joining exactly a year ago, thanks to Purba Ray.   This is an exclusive women’s group that is like a giant warm and cozy cushion to relax in – where we….

Share  thoughts
Respect each other
Voice feelings
Vent  minds
Pour out angst
Get that load off chests
Show empathy
Listen
Sigh collectively
Share pain
Revel in warm group hugs
Argue amicably
Share perspectives
Feel heartfelt joy in others’ successes
Enjoy laughter unlimited
Share  knowledge
Share experiences
Share health tips
Seek daily inspiration
Get motivation to keep on going
Support each other
Encourage each other

and most of all….HAVE FUN!

That is a lot of things we do together, right? Check out our group’s gorgeous header image by  Garima Obrah

We tweet as @Indiblogeshwari and today, our anniversary hashtag is #BlogeshwariONE

Women of strength

That’s women of strength for you. And I am lucky to be a part of this group. So, to celebrate our first birthday – our first anniversary, Vinita Bahl, the dynamic force behind this group, better known as BlogwatiG  made a fabulous suggestion. She said:

[box] “Take on a challenge. Adopt a good habit. Get rid of a bad one. Change something. Write one new chapter. Read a new book. Listen to a new song. Anything, almost anything singular that you’ve been putting off for too long. You have a month to do it. And then post about it on June 2, 2013 only”[/box]

And we rose to the challenge as a group. Together. Some shared in the group. Others blogged about it.  I will be posting about in the next 2-4 days. Please do stay tuned.

[box] A woman of strength knows how to keep her life in line. With tears in her eyes, she still manages to say, Nah, I’m fine.[/box]

In the meantime, some of the Indiblogeshwaris from Bangalore had a chance to meet today and I have pictures to celebrate it!

My heartfelt gratitude to Anamika Sharma for the pictures you are about to see now. Please visit Anamika’s blog at Mad Cooking Fusions  (It’s all about Indian Vegetarian Recipes – Making A Difference!) We met at the Microsoft Office 365 Education Indiblogger Meet #CloudBlogathon at The Tower Kitchen, UB City, Bangalore today, an event attended by more than 200 bloggers.

The exciting part was the thought of meeting our friends, also Indiblogeshwaris, made even more special because today is our first anniversary. I met Rachna, Indrani and Farida

Here are some of the photos Anamika clicked!

women of strength tribute

 

women of strength patterned wall

women of strength decor

 

Women of strength rachna and vidya

Rachna and Me

 

women of strength rachna, anamika vidya

Rachna, Anamika, Me

A woman of strength  is one who is able to smile this morning like she wasn’t crying last night.

women of strength four

Notice how the numbers are growing? Rachna, Anamika, Me and Indrani

We had a fabulous time!

Happy birthday, Indiblogeshwaris!

Women of strength, indeed!

It takes woman of strength to drop everything, go through her phone, send one final text, delete his number, burn the letters & unwanted memories, and say I WON’T stress, cry, or blame myself anymore, & lets go.

I am linking up with the lovely Unknown Mami, who hosts Sundays in My City

Lets travel the world together!

Unknown Mami
Dear Friends,
Do you have a friends group?
Do you interact online?
Do you meet offline?
Please do share your experience!

vidya sury xenodochial

Thanks notbuyinganything.blogspot.com

 

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67 Comments

  • Reply
    Keetha
    June 3, 2013 at 4:49 am

    Loving the wall of hot pink cut out kitchen gadgets. You ladies not only look strong but beautiful too!
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    Roshni
    June 3, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Vidya, I absolutely love you list of what we do!! That describes us wonderfully! And, I loved all the pics, especially of all of you! Looking forward to seeing your update for the challenge!

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    Rachna
    June 3, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Lovely post, Vidya! I loved the quotes. So, did you take the non-stick pan home? :-P.
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    Ritu Lalit
    June 3, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I am so happy the internet has allowed us to form this lasting bond, where distances dont matter, different walks of life don’t matter. We know that just a screen away, there is a friend who will listen, and help us through difficult times and tell us to our face that we are over-reacting if we are being silly. I love the honesty in our group

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    B K Chowla
    June 3, 2013 at 9:47 am

    My best wishes.
    May be,Men should also have a similar adventure
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    Farida Rizwan
    June 3, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Nice blend of the event and birthday Vidya. Only you could so well organize a post about the Blogeshwaris turning one.
    Hey .. Why am I missing in the picture? ;). There were few more blogeshwari’s there but were distributed around due to various reasons.
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      Vidya Sury
      June 11, 2013 at 9:08 am

      Dear, dear Farida! I too felt sad I didn’t have a pic with you to post. (Note to self: Take photo with Farida!) As you said, we were all scattered all over the place. Even the four of us getting together became a challenge. 😀 And the IndiBlogger photos do not have any individual good clicks this time. They posted them on the IB FB page yesterday. Hugs!
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    Koyel
    June 3, 2013 at 11:44 am

    congrats Vidya, for coming up with such a powerful post. i not only liked but felt powerful too. I think the power of womanhood lies in celebrating ourselves inspite of what happens to us. so, lets celebrate.

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    Dagny
    June 3, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    “I WON’T stress, cry, or blame myself anymore. Lets go.”

    The Lets Go brought it all together. Loved the post.

    Dagny

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    Jyothi Nair
    June 3, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Here’s to women of strength. 🙂 Lovely pics of beautiful and strong ladies. 🙂

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    Shail
    June 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Lovely photos of your meet. I loved the list of things you have put up. But I don’t agree with this:
    “A woman of strength is one who is able to smile this morning like she wasn’t crying last night.”
    The woman of strength (according to me) is one who dares to show her red-rimmed eyes to the world next morning and says, “Yes I cried, so what?” We women have been taught enough to put on a brave smile. We should also learn how it is okay not to have to do that. Don’t you think so? 🙂
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      Vidya Sury
      June 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

      Shail, I see what you mean. I grew up in a family where we had to wipe those tears off quickly wiped, smile through it and go. So, it has become second nature to me – and I am fine with that. Not that there wasn’t love or compassion in the family, far from it – but it is just the way things were. Red rimmed eyes were okay – just that they didn’t make a big deal out of it. The way I saw ““A woman of strength is one who is able to smile this morning like she wasn’t crying last night” – was – being strong enough to carry on no matter what. 😀

      Love your perspective, though! Hugs!
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    Ruchira
    June 3, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    I am so glad all of you met in Banglore. We had a smallish get together in Delhi as well. This group certainly rocks and I am so gld I could connect to you again through indiblogeshwaries !
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      Vidya Sury
      June 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

      Ditto, Ruchira! 🙂 I feel the same way! I saw your get-together pictures and it looked like great fun!
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    Vanita
    June 3, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Happy Anniversary! You and the girls look awesome. I’m so happy that you have such a great group to hang with.
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    Fran Sorin
    June 3, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Vidya – A big Happy Birthday to you and all of the other women in your group. What a wonderful environment to be in with like minded women. And having fun? Always a top priority.

    Beautiful photos of you dear Vidya. A big hug-Fran
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      Vidya Sury
      June 11, 2013 at 9:22 am

      That’s the truth, Fran. Having fun – regardless. Big hug back!
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    Anamika|madcookingfusons
    June 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Thank you so much Vidya for the mention and your humble words, you are a darling :)! I am so lucky to meet all of you and be part of a wonderful group which is so strong in itself. Surely indiblogeshwaries rocks…agree with you “Women of strength” 100 percent!
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      Vidya Sury
      June 11, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Anamika, we really should meet up outside the IB too! It is always such fun to meet up – in fact the sole reason for attending the IB meets is now because you, Rachna, Indrani are there. Hugs!
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    Josh
    June 4, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Cool photos, I like ’em.
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    Sebastian Aiden Daniels
    June 4, 2013 at 1:06 am

    This was a great post. I think it is awesome that you have found a supportive group of friends who also share similar interests.

    I have had a close group of friends since high school and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. I loved the pictures.

    Have a great one Vidya.

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    Elle
    June 4, 2013 at 3:53 am

    Happy anniversary Vidya. What a fabulous group of woman and they’re all lucky duckies to have you.

    e-hugs
    Elle
    PS. Love the pics as usual
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    Anyta
    June 4, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Fabulous! your heartfelt words make some of our journeys easier to tread.

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    Kajal Kapur
    June 4, 2013 at 7:05 am

    That’s such a great post about the anniversary. I am jealous that I did not get to meet all you fabulous women a year before! Well, better late than never. Glad I could meet you all now 🙂

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    Cathy Taughinbaugh
    June 4, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Love this, VIdya. Wonderful pictures and love your list of why your group is strong! Women power – yes!!

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    kristinhew
    June 4, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Vidya, this is extremely excellent! I love this post very very much. You make me cry reading it and you make me feel MORE proud being a woman. Love you always…<3

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    Afshan
    June 4, 2013 at 10:03 am

    That looks like a fun meet
    Blissful pics aand a happy post as always 🙂
    happy annvrsry btw 🙂
    good day

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      Vidya Sury
      June 11, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Afshu, I thought you lived in Bangalore…have you moved? Thanks for coming by. I enjoy your posts tremendously!
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        Afshan
        June 11, 2013 at 12:20 pm

        Hello Vidya

        I am still in Bangalore. Came just 4 months back 🙂 will stay for some more months. Not easily bored by Bnglr 😀

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    blogwatig
    June 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Vidya, such a colourful post and what a wonderful way to meet and celebrate. Thank you for being one of those who brings sunshine into the group. And thank you for your gift as well. May you be blessed with all that you deserve and more. Hugs.
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      Vidya Sury
      June 11, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Vinita, it is such a privilege to belong to a group – and one such as ours. I love that we all become stronger as we interact and read each others’ experiences. And then, as I told Ritu, one of my favorite quotes is: There is a special place in hell for women who won’t support other women.

      Blessed to know you. Hugs!
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    Michelle Wallace
    June 4, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Hi Vidya! It looks like you ladies had lots of fun!
    Happy Anniversary!
    Women power – all the way!
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    Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs
    June 4, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Such beautiful women, inside and out. Sounds like “Women of Strength” is the absolute perfect description of your group. Hold fast to one another, for you have something special there, no doubt.

    Cheers!
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    My Inner Chick
    June 5, 2013 at 7:12 am

    “Women Of Stength”
    I am instanty drawn to this title. I love women, empowerment, their stories, moms, grandmas, YOU.
    Vidya, You are SOOOOOOOOO beautiuful.
    Love you MOre. Xx
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      Vidya Sury
      June 11, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Kim darling, Don’t you love how we’re connected without letting geographical barriers stop us? I feel so much love when I think of you. Love you more than twenty peacocks dancing in the rain. Hugs!
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    G Angela
    June 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    beautiful vidya ! lovely post, very energizing, thanks for being an inspiration !

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    Carolyn Hughes
    June 6, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Happy Anniversary! I love your strength Vidya. It makes me proud to be a woman 🙂
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    Suzy
    June 6, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Looks like you had an awesome time Vidya. As always a great post and fab pics.
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    Terri Sonoda
    June 8, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Oh how i love seeing pictures of you! I already feel like we are such good friends, but seeing your pictures just makes me smile. Beautiful lady indeed! And strength? I think you have that and so much more, my friend! XOXOs
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      Vidya Sury
      June 11, 2013 at 10:31 am

      I am honored to know you Terri! Nothing else matters when hearts meet! I am looking forward to you coming back from your vacay, refreshed and renewed. You have a book to launch! Hugs, dearest friend!
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    janu
    June 8, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Aren’t we all a nice, prim and proper bunch. Love sharing this space with you Vidya.

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    Unknown Mami
    July 18, 2013 at 8:51 am

    So beautiful. I love the pictures and I love your heartfelt sentiments about the group you belong to. I am a part of a FB group that is a constant source of support. I feel like the women in the group are truly my sisters. I am invested in their growth and success and they are invested in mine. I would not be where I am as a writer today if it weren’t for them, they opened my eyes to possibilities I never knew existed and when I was in a really bad place some of them whom I’d never laid eyes on helped me and my family in ways that will always remind me to be kind and generous.
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      Vidya Sury
      July 18, 2013 at 8:57 am

      What a lovely comment, Claudya. Nothing compares to girlfriends – and though my life might have had its downs early on, along the way, I was very lucky to form friendships that endured and thrived over the decades. Always believe in life’s balance. This group on FB – is just fabulous. Just visiting the page even once a day is a sure-shot mood upper. I love that everyone is so ready to hug each other virtually. And some of us are fortunate to meet offline, often!

      Hugs to you! I fervently thank the internet gods for connecting us!
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