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  1. Arushi Seth
    March 4, 2020 @ 11:10 am

    That is a lovely tribute to all the important woman in your life, your village. It is amazing how each and every woman has an important role to play with all their strengths. Glad you are surrounded and blessed by such a lovely family. A beautiful and honest post 🙂
    Arushi Seth recently posted…The Woman That I Am-Perfectly ImperfectMy Profile

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    • Janaki Srinivasan
      March 4, 2020 @ 5:25 pm

      Super, Ritu. You have a way with words, so whatever you write looks magical. You are indeed blessed to be born into a family of inspiring women. Salute to them all. Not everyone has that luxury.
      Janaki@beyondthefamiliar

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      • Ritu
        March 4, 2020 @ 7:31 pm

        Thank you for your kind words, Janaki. Born during the times when women were limited to the home and hearth, they inspired us daughters to follow our dreams.

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    • Ritu
      March 4, 2020 @ 7:24 pm

      Glad you liked it, Arushi. I am indeed blessed.

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      • Nidhi Rawal Gautam
        March 17, 2020 @ 2:27 pm

        No better post on the account of women’s day to give tribute to all the inspirational women in your life. Beautifully penned Ritu !

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        • Ritu
          March 19, 2020 @ 10:14 am

          Thank you for your kind words, Nidhi.

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  2. Swarnali Nath
    March 4, 2020 @ 12:44 pm

    Hi Ritu! I just love to read your aptly written articles. You always play with words, with an inner voice, and I just love it. You have a powerful village of women behind you, must say. I really enjoyed each and every story of these lovely ladies. Only one blank is left, I wish I could see a glimpse of every woman here. Please do upload their photographs sometime later. Eagerly waiting. And yes, more and more power to you, dear friend.
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    • Ritu
      March 4, 2020 @ 11:04 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Swarnali. I am overwhelmed. Unfortunately, I cannot upload their pics since they are quite protective of what they share online…. even on Facebook.

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  3. Jyoti Jha
    March 4, 2020 @ 1:03 pm

    Your beautiful writing adorns your family of strong inspiring women at different ages. Such a pleasure to know them through you. They must all be really proud of you. Bless you!

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    • Poorvi Khare
      March 4, 2020 @ 9:53 pm

      This is a beautiful tribute to the women in your life. You are lucky to have the blessings and love of these lovely women

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      • Ritu
        March 4, 2020 @ 11:06 pm

        Thank you, Poorvi. I am indeed lucky.

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    • Ritu
      March 4, 2020 @ 11:05 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Jyoti. They indeed are.

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  4. Zenobia Merchant
    March 4, 2020 @ 1:09 pm

    We are truly the Woman we are due to the strong influences in our life. So glad to see you surrounded with such strong women.

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    • Ritu
      March 7, 2020 @ 5:44 pm

      Very true, Zenobia. I am indeed lucky.

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  5. Pooja Priyamvada
    March 4, 2020 @ 1:23 pm

    You are blessed to find so much I sliration closer home, I have been inspired by many women but outside of family. Kudos for making it sound like an interesting family saga.

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    • Ritu
      March 4, 2020 @ 11:08 pm

      Thank you, Pooja. I have been blessed to be surrounded by inspiring women, within the family and outside.

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  6. PraGun
    March 4, 2020 @ 1:59 pm

    That’s a lovely post thanking all those who shaped you into the woman you are.
    Glad to know you are what they call army brat and I can understand your mom’s role as I wear the same shoes. That’s so nice to read, you thanking your sis in law, your niece, aunt and of course your mom and grandma who has played there roles to shape your life.

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    • Ritu
      March 4, 2020 @ 11:14 pm

      Always a pleasure to meet an army wife, Pragun. You wear many hats, and no doubt us brats grow up fiercely independent. Glad you liked the post.

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      • Sangya Nagpal
        March 11, 2020 @ 8:19 am

        Lovely write up. A beautiful tribute to womanhood.You are lucky enough to have these women in your life.
        Sangya Nagpal

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    • Sangya Nagpal
      March 11, 2020 @ 8:22 am

      Lovely write up. A beautiful tribute to womanhood.You are lucky enough to have these women in your life.
      Sangya Nagpal

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  7. Sivaranjini
    March 4, 2020 @ 3:11 pm

    Wonderful tribute to women who inspired you. A post with a unique beauty.

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    • Ruchi Nasa
      March 4, 2020 @ 4:23 pm

      That was a lovely tribute to the wonderful women in your life. Lovely family. Stay blessed.

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      • Urvashi
        March 4, 2020 @ 10:51 pm

        Such an amazing tribute to each one of the ladies who have been instrumental in your life. I could totally relate because in India every family is alike. Infact I would consider this as a tribute from me to my favourite grandma and aunts because they barely get mentioned. The way you have narrated it just feels like you wrote for me. #damurureads Urvashi

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        • Ritu
          March 7, 2020 @ 5:45 pm

          Thank you, Urvashi. I am really glad you connected with the piece. You are absolutely right, the women barely get acknowledged for their contributions.

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        • ujjwal mishra
          March 11, 2020 @ 4:26 pm

          such a great ode to so many women in your life, every relationship has a unique place in our life and it deserves its due respect.

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    • Ritu
      March 6, 2020 @ 5:53 pm

      Thank you, Ruchi

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    • Ritu
      March 6, 2020 @ 5:54 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Sivaranjini.

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    • Gurjeet Chhabra
      March 10, 2020 @ 3:54 pm

      I am so inspired with your mom and wish to read her blog.

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  8. Deepika Mishra
    March 4, 2020 @ 4:21 pm

    It’s a pleasure to read all about those women in your village who gave you strength and power. Your mother, grandmother, your sister in law, aunt, niece. You included all the generations with their positives which plays an important role in your life. A well-deserved tribute! And very nicely written.

    Deepika Mishra

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    • Ritu
      March 6, 2020 @ 5:55 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Deepika. Glad you liked it.

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  9. Shail Thosani
    March 4, 2020 @ 4:23 pm

    A tribute to all the lovely and strong ladies of your life. Loved reading your post. Specially about your badi mummy she seemed to be a very strong lady with broad views about life. All the best to your mom with her food blog.

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    • Ritu
      March 6, 2020 @ 5:56 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Shail. I will pass on your good wishes to my mom. My badi mummy was indeed one of a kind.

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  10. Sundeep Ananth Dubey (rightpurchasing.com)
    March 4, 2020 @ 4:31 pm

    It looks like your family is full of inspirational women. It was a sweet dedication Ritu and I loved the way you wrote it down. It again brings me to the point that every woman is special and helps others around them grow.
    Lovely read Ritu. Thank you 🙂
    — rightpurchasing.com

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    • Ritu
      March 6, 2020 @ 5:59 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Sundeep. Completely agree, each woman has a role to play in our growth.

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  11. Surbhi Rastogi
    March 4, 2020 @ 5:56 pm

    Such a cute post! Love the way you have described the contribution of each and every woman in your life and made me think about the women who have made me the woman that I am today. Ghosmasoda cake made me guffaw out loud and I can’t wait for the recipe! 🙂

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    • Ritu
      March 6, 2020 @ 6:01 pm

      Really glad you liked it, Surbhi. It was indeed a “facepalm” moment. I will definitely be sharing the cake recipe.

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  12. Sonia Madaan
    March 4, 2020 @ 6:07 pm

    That’s a lovely tribute to all the women surrounded in your life. Inspiring and full of gratitude. Lucky and blessed you are. Thanks for sharing this post. Well written.

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    • Ritu
      March 6, 2020 @ 6:01 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Sonia. I am indeed blessed.

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  13. Purba Chakraborty
    March 4, 2020 @ 6:34 pm

    It was wonderful to know about all the wonderful women who have been instrumental in your growth. I especially enjoyed reading about your grandmother. Lovely tribute!

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    • Ritu
      March 6, 2020 @ 6:03 pm

      Thank you for the kind words, Purba. My grandmother was indeed one of a kind.

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  14. Mahesh Sowani
    March 4, 2020 @ 6:37 pm

    Every person has a role to play in shaping us. They also say that we become the combination of five people we are close to. I really liked your write up.

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    • Ritu
      March 7, 2020 @ 5:26 pm

      Thank you, Mahesh.

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  15. Srivalli
    March 4, 2020 @ 6:37 pm

    A wonderful tribute to the beautiful, strong, powerful, and lovely women in your life. 🙂

    P.S: Love the title
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    • Ritu
      March 7, 2020 @ 5:27 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Srivalli. I loved your take too. One of my favorites.

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  16. Novemberschild (Romila)
    March 4, 2020 @ 6:41 pm

    Lovely tribute to all the women who raised you.
    You should consider yourself lucky enough to have such amazing inspiring women around you.
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    • Ritu
      March 7, 2020 @ 5:27 pm

      Thank you, Romila. I am indeed lucky.

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  17. Ninu Nair
    March 4, 2020 @ 7:09 pm

    Wow…you have been so lucky to have such wonderful women in your life. An amazing tribute to them. A very interesting post and would love to meet your 78-year-old aunt in person for sure!
    Ninu Nair recently posted…The Fictional Female Characters who made me ‘The Woman That I Am’My Profile

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    • Poorvi Khare
      March 5, 2020 @ 10:41 am

      Such beautiful tribute to women in your life. You are lucky to have these lovely women in life.

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      • Ritu
        March 7, 2020 @ 5:29 pm

        Thank you, Poorvi.

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    • Ritu
      March 7, 2020 @ 5:28 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Ninu. I am sure my aunt would love to meet you too. Your piece was a gem!

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  18. Pashmeena Chowdhary
    March 4, 2020 @ 7:41 pm

    So sweet.😘..Such a wonderful tribute to all the people around you who made you what you are today.. The post was full of love..Loved each line to the core…God bless..Best wishes for your future posts..

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    • Ritu
      March 7, 2020 @ 5:30 pm

      Thank you so much, Pashmeena. I am truly blessed to have such an amazing tribe.

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  19. Neeraja Ganesh
    March 4, 2020 @ 7:47 pm

    Absolutely agree that it takes a village and the women in the village play such an important part in shaping our lives!

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    • Ritu
      March 7, 2020 @ 5:31 pm

      Exactly Neeraja. Some day I hope to write about the men too.

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  20. Archana
    March 4, 2020 @ 9:19 pm

    That’s an incredible way of a tribute to all the woman/girl of your life, amazed to see that you are blessed with so many lady lucks around you and that too of 3-4 different generations.! Great write up!

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    • Jyoti Arora
      March 4, 2020 @ 10:39 pm

      Loved the topic Dear !! It actually takes so many people to bring up the You within !! Such a beautiful post paying gartiyute to all the lovely women in your life . You are blessed to have them and they are blessed to have you too !! Inspiration comes in small packets too. Hugs to the little inspiration of yours 🙂

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      • Ritu
        March 7, 2020 @ 5:36 pm

        Thank you for your kind words, Jyoti. I am indeed blessed. My niece is an absolute darling.

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    • Ritu
      March 7, 2020 @ 5:34 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Archana.

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  21. brinda
    March 4, 2020 @ 9:34 pm

    It indeed takes a village to bring up a child and you have paid tribute to all the women who have made you who you are! Such lovely women whom we all would love to meet! They sound like wonderful women so its no wonder you are who you are!

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    • Ritu
      March 7, 2020 @ 5:38 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Brinda. You are an inspiring lady yourself. I am sure they would love to meet you too.

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  22. Meena Chatty
    March 5, 2020 @ 1:03 pm

    Your post tugged at my heart strings. Indeed we are surrounded by the inspirations who have made us who we are. Such a beautiful tribute to your inspirations. Your mother seems like a person after my own heart. I would have loved to meet her!

    Meena from balconysunrise.wordpress.com

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    • Ritu
      March 7, 2020 @ 5:41 pm

      Thank you, Meena. I am glad you connected with the piece. I am sure my mom would love to meet you too.

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  23. Yatindra Tawde
    March 5, 2020 @ 6:47 pm

    Excellent tribute to the women in your family. They are a big support system. – Yatindra Tawde

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    • Ritu
      March 7, 2020 @ 5:42 pm

      Thank you, Yatindra.

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    • Priyanka Nair
      March 11, 2020 @ 3:24 pm

      Now this is a full on women’s day post, giving tribute and being grateful to each and every woman in your life. They would be proud of you 🙂

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      • Ritu
        March 12, 2020 @ 5:10 pm

        Thank you, Priyanka. They indeed are.

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  24. Manisha Garg
    March 6, 2020 @ 7:25 am

    You are surrounded by some amazing women who are so inspiring and the best support system one can have.
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    • Ritu
      March 7, 2020 @ 5:42 pm

      Thank you, Manisha. I am indeed blessed.

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  25. Surabhi B.das
    March 6, 2020 @ 11:04 am

    Thanks for sharing Ritu, I really enjoyed your post. more and more power to you dear.

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    • Ritu
      March 7, 2020 @ 5:43 pm

      Thank you, Surabhi.

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  26. Shipra Trivedi
    March 6, 2020 @ 5:30 pm

    It was great knowing about your mom, grande mother, and other ladies who inspires you. With this, I also realized that other than my mother, my masi was another woman whom I really adore. She is also responsible for shaping me the way I am. I should say thank you her some day. You have written a great post for real people and they will definitely be happy after reading this that how much you value them.

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    • Ritu
      March 7, 2020 @ 5:48 pm

      Thank you, Shipra. I shared the piece with them and they loved it. And thank you for sharing your inspirations too.

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  27. Deepti Sharma
    March 7, 2020 @ 6:05 am

    A heart felt tribute to the women in your life!

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    • Ritu
      March 7, 2020 @ 5:48 pm

      Thank you, Deepti.

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  28. Varsh
    March 7, 2020 @ 10:14 am

    You’re lucky to be born in a family full of such inspiring women! I’ve often heard that army girls have a different upbringing from boys. Thanks for busting that myth for me!

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    • Ritu
      March 7, 2020 @ 5:50 pm

      That is indeed a myth, Varsh. Given the environment and the lack of stability so to speak, army girls are brought up at par with the boys.

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  29. Monika
    March 7, 2020 @ 5:19 pm

    It was a pleasure reading about all women who. made you . Especially your niece . It’s always more interesting to learn from our younger ones . They have latest knowledge , trends and are practical people . Good one !

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    • Ritu
      March 7, 2020 @ 5:52 pm

      Glad you liked the post, Monika. Kids pick up things way faster. It is amusing to see her teach her father sometimes, who is himself a geek.

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  30. Noor Anand Chawla
    March 8, 2020 @ 2:16 pm

    It was lovely to read your ode to the women in your life! Your post got me thinking about who I would like to raise a toast and the list just goes on and on. One could actually write a book!

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    • Ritu
      March 8, 2020 @ 7:13 pm

      Glad you liked it, Noor. Do share about your tribe too.

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  31. Namratha Varadharajan
    March 8, 2020 @ 4:18 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to all the women in your life who have made you the woman that you are! May your tribe and you always be strong
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    • Ritu
      March 8, 2020 @ 7:14 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Namratha.

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  32. Aishwarya Sandeep
    March 8, 2020 @ 5:26 pm

    It is indeed a blessing to have such wonderful women in your life. only strong women can raise strong women

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    • Ritu
      March 8, 2020 @ 7:15 pm

      Thank you, Aishwarya. I am indeed blessed.

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  33. Sonam Chamaria
    March 8, 2020 @ 9:56 pm

    A lovely post Ritu – love the way you attribute your strength to each of the pillars in your life… you have had some amazing women in your life!

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    • Ritu
      March 9, 2020 @ 9:25 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Sonam.

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  34. Sonia Dogra
    March 8, 2020 @ 11:23 pm

    Loved reading about you Ritu…Something besides books!

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    • Ritu
      March 9, 2020 @ 9:27 pm

      Thank you for stopping by, Sonia. Glad you liked it. I do confess I did think about something related to books before I changed direction.

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  35. Supriti Garg
    March 9, 2020 @ 6:15 pm

    You have a strong strong village behind u. loved reading different aspect of the powerful women in your life. your choice of words is so amazing that i could actually picture each one of them.. More power to you and the power puff girls behind u. 🙂

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    • Ritu
      March 9, 2020 @ 9:29 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Supriti. Loved the term “power puff girls”. 🙂

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  36. Abha Singh
    March 9, 2020 @ 9:57 pm

    That’s is lovely tribute to all the women in your life. You are blessed to have them and you expressed your love towards them in a wonderful way.

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    • Ritu
      March 12, 2020 @ 5:01 pm

      Thank you, Abha.

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  37. Debidutta Mohanty
    March 10, 2020 @ 9:22 pm

    Honest and heartfelt post, Ritu. You are blessed to have a family of fierce, independent and broad-minded women who not only shaped you as the woman you are today but have left a legacy behind them to be followed up by the next-gen. Beautiful tribute on women’s day.

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    • Ritu
      March 12, 2020 @ 5:02 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Debidutta. I am indeed blessed.

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  38. Meera
    March 10, 2020 @ 11:38 pm

    An ode and tribute to all the women in your life.
    It’s a beautiful garland if words and loads of love to all and the mini you.

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    • Ritu
      March 12, 2020 @ 5:03 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Meera.

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  39. Disha
    March 11, 2020 @ 12:06 pm

    All the women have an amazing persona, loved the Punjabi terms by your grandmother. Grandmothers are always special. 🙂

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    • Ritu
      March 12, 2020 @ 5:05 pm

      Grandmas are the best. Glad you liked the Punjabi words. She had a whole repertoire of it, I could write a whole book. 🙂

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  40. Srishti RajeevMenda
    March 11, 2020 @ 2:43 pm

    It been a journey though. Lovely reading this post about these wonderful women who in their own unique way can make a difference. Very patiently written, can feel it in the narrative.

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    • Ritu
      March 12, 2020 @ 5:05 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Srishti

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  41. Rashi Roy
    March 12, 2020 @ 2:22 pm

    Must say that you are truly blessed to have been raised by queens 🙂 It’s very thoughtful of you to remember all the women who shaped your life and pay such a beautiful tribute to them. Very well written and am glad you shared it with us as a part of this blog hop 🙂

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    • Ritu
      March 12, 2020 @ 5:09 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Rashi. It means a lot coming from you. I have always been protective of what I share online about my personal life but decided to go ahead with this anyway. Really glad I did. They are women to be celebrated! Thanks for providing the opportunity. 🙂

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  42. Manas Mukul
    March 16, 2020 @ 11:25 pm

    Wonderful tribute Ritu ji. I would have loved to meet your grandmother in person and learnt a word or two for myself. It is a beautiful post as you list out all the woman that have been important in shaping up who you are today but I would also add this is the goodness of your soul that was ready to learn from so many and at the same time acknowledge it. Keep the great work going.
    #RRxMM #TheWomanThatIAm

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    • Ritu
      March 17, 2020 @ 12:19 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Manas. I am truly humbled. It means a lot coming from you. You are right about one being ready to learn. I am blessed to be surrounded by women who have always been my guiding force and also my cheerleaders.

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