Aditi Jain, a resident of Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, India, is currently doing her Masters in Medical Biotechnology. Her dream is to work as a scientist but also write a lot of fiction. She wants to create a fantasy fiction series for teenage and young adult women with strong ideals of inner strength and equality regardless of gender, socio-economic status, nationality, color, and sexuality.
A foodie at heart and a music and literature lover, her favourite book of all times is “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen.
She found the FemmeFluenza event conducted by WriteFluence, a commendable step towards gender equality and appreciates their effort to make the society a better place. Their efforts to support new authors and provide them exposure is incredible.
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Here’s an excerpt from Aditi’s winning story ‘A woman who knows too much‘ published in Out of My Box
“Beware of her.”
The old granny tells them, eyes wide, her wrinkled face twisted in disgust.
“Is she evil?”
“God would know. She has not brought any harm to our people yet. But yes, the girls who do not obey their fathers, the girls who seek too much, she takes them away. Elders believe she sacrifices them on the altar for her rituals.”
They say she lives in the shrine built at the outskirts of the village, near the dark, wild forest. Nobody dares to venture out there, lest she may curse them. Not even the strongest warriors who have won great battles and survived worst calamities.
Anoma was a child of a bright and curious mind. She had questions, opinions and everything a girl wasn’t allowed to have.
“Girls should not ask questions. They should be quieter. Seen, but not heard.” Her grandmother would say, hushing her every time she would wonder out loud ‘why is the sky blue?’
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