I am happy to announce that my blog, This Is My Truth, have been featured on Femina magazine October 2017 issue among India’s top 50 female bloggers, under the women issues section.
In 2004, when I started writing about personal issues, my struggle with love, sex, desire, men, romance, relationships, friends and family, I was a lone female blogger among a crowd of male techies, that too someone writing about personal life. This broke a great taboo as I challenged the stereotype of what women can or do talk about in public. I blurred the line between private and public a line that has kept many stories of violence behind closed doors. Within months, I became an active member of Delhi bloggers community, and thereafter started the Bangalore Bloggers community. I have played an important role in the bloggers community in both cities, having organized meets (one of Delhi’s biggest bloggers meet still remains the one I organized with BBC World Radio team), online and offline events and campaigns.
For my blogging and community leadership efforts I was awarded the TED Fellowship and there has not been any looking back since then.
‘This Is My Truth’ has received over 600,000 page views, 500 articles and over 5000 comments. It has inspired thousands of women, if not millions. I regularly receive fan mails of women who tell me that they feel exactly how I write, but they lack the courage to speak so freely, and that reading my candid writing about my life’s narrative gives them strength. Of late, I write less on personal side, as Facebook has taken that space, but on this blog, I now publish my political views, media appearance, articles and opinions published on other media/print.
One of the highest moment of my blogging journey was when actor Kangana Ranaut read my blog on Sona Mahapatra’s open letter to Kangana Ranaut, and found a moment of solace and solidarity in my writing, a feminist sisterhood if you will. In a recent interview with Rediff she mentioned me on being told that nobody supports her in her public spat with Hrithik Roshan.
“That is not true,” Kangana says emphatically.
“Sanjukta Basu has written a beautiful piece about me (In an open letter to singer Sona Mohapatra who accused Kangana of cleaning her dirty linen in public, Basu wrote on Huffington Post that ‘Kangana deserves applause for talking about her life without being apologetic about it’). She is a scholar in feminism. It is not that people are not supporting me.”
This is the reason I write. About my life, about other woman’s life. Because we women must write about our lives, and exchange notes. I hope my readers have enjoyed reading, as much as I have enjoyed blogging, and will continue to do so.
Here’s to the miles to go.