Bestselling author, columnist and yoga professional, Ira Trivedi is a well-known voice on national and international forums for issues of gender, women and youth. She has written eight avant-garde novels and has covered genres of fiction as well as non-fiction. Her writings have been translated into numerous languages, and she continues to write for leading publications in India and around the world, including Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy.
Her first work of non-fiction “India in Love: Marriage and Sexuality in the 21st Century” unfolds India’s new social revolution in marriage and sexuality and dwells on the major social changes that Indian society is going through in the 21st century. She has extensively described people, academics, law-enforcement and policy-making that determine the revolution of sexuality and marriage in our country. Another famous book is Could-have-been Beauty Queen which is Ira’s bare-all account as a beauty pageant participant. It is a very entertaining first novel that profoundly analyzed the realities of South Bombay.
Ira Trivedi has been chosen one of the “BBC’s 100 most influential women in the world” in 2017. She has also won, in 2015, the Devi Award for dynamism and innovation. For the best investigative article dealing with bride trafficking in India, she was also awarded the UK Media Award in the same year. Pulitzer Prize winning author, Junot Díaz, released her book There’s no Love on Wall Street, at the Jaipur Literature festival that was appreciated for its severely convincing microscopic look on the banking sector.
This influencer from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, attended Daly School, Indore and further pursued her bachelor’s in economics (B.Econ) from Wellesley College, Massachusetts, USA. She also pursued a post-graduate course in business administration (MBA) from Columbia Business School, where she won the prestigious Feldberg Fellowship.
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Bend. So that you don’t break. This is one of my favourite yoga quotes, because it rings so true to my practice. I have mostly been “inflexible” my whole life. Maybe it’s all the running I did, maybe it’s my genetic makeup, whatever it is, as teenager I was stiff as a board. With my practice, my body is slowly opening up, and I am realising how amazing this practice is for the joints, for the fascia, for the tissues. Then there is the emotional aspect. A yoga practice makes you stronger. It works on a subtle, subconscious level, helping you gain more control over your emotions, and mind. The outside world may be harsh, but yoga, you cant control it, but yoga gives you the strength to control YOUR reactions. #benditlikeayogi #bendsotharyoudontbreak #irayoga
The wanderess has travelled to three continents, four countries and nine cities. Currently, she runs two yoga shows on India Today and Doordarshan National, teaches yoga to underprivileged children at Namami Yoga Foundation and discusses cultural and gender norms on platforms/news channels across the world.
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The practice of asana did not come easily or naturally to me. I have never been a very flexible person. Growing up I was an athlete and a squash player. Naturally, this led to a lot of tightness in my lower and upper body both, and a lot of injuries too. When I started yoga many moons ago, I could barely touch my toes, let alone stand on my head. A head stand seemed impossible and somewhat ludicrous. I also got dejected because people around me would achieve it in an instance, and I would not be able to, no matter how much I tried. But I persevered, and I practiced, and one day when I stopped “trying” so hard, when I least expected it, the headstand came to me. Today shirshasana is my favourite asana. There is something so calm and soothing about it. When I go upside down, I turn my world upside down and I can see everything in a whole new, very positive perspective. With practice and perseverance everything comes. Everything. #yogaeverydamnday #yogaeverywhere #practice #awriterandhermuse