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
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



  1. 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!

  2. Ritu Lalit Reply

    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

  3. 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.
    Farida Rizwan recently posted…The First Love Of My Life – Books!

    • 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!
      Vidya Sury recently posted…Acing The Learning Curve And Collecting Smiles

  4. 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.

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

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


  6. Jyothi Nair Reply

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

  7. 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? 🙂
    Shail recently posted…Failure report

    • 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!
      Vidya Sury recently posted…Acing The Learning Curve And Collecting Smiles

  8. 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
    Fran Sorin recently posted…Why It’s Important To Celebrate

  9. Sebastian Aiden Daniels Reply

    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.

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

  11. Kajal Kapur Reply

    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 🙂

  12. Cathy Taughinbaugh Reply

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

  13. kristinhew Reply

    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

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

  15. 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.
    blogwatig recently posted…King Of My Castle

    • 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!
      Vidya Sury recently posted…Acing The Learning Curve And Collecting Smiles

  16. My Inner Chick Reply

    “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
    My Inner Chick recently posted…Flickers Of Light In A Dark Universe

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

  18. Carolyn Hughes Reply

    Happy Anniversary! I love your strength Vidya. It makes me proud to be a woman 🙂
    Carolyn Hughes recently posted…A mother’s love.

  19. Terri Sonoda Reply

    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
    Terri Sonoda recently posted…Terri’s Little Corner on Vacay

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

  21. 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.
    Unknown Mami recently posted…The Golden Gate Bridge in the Summer Fog (Instagram Wednesday)

    • 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!
      Vidya Sury recently posted…Enjoying the Present Moment

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