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Bangalore-based Rashmi Vasudeva's journalism has appeared in many Indian and international publications over the past decade. A features writer with over nine years of experience heading a health and fitness supplement in a mainstream Indian newspaper, her niche areas include health, wellness, fitness, food, nutrition and Indian classical Arts.
Her articles have appeared in various publications including Mint-Wall Street Journal, The Hindu, Deccan Herald (mainstream South Indian newspaper), Smart Life (Health magazine from the Malayala Manorama Group of publications), YourStory (India's media technology platform for entrepreneurs), Avantika (a noir arts and theatre magazine), ZDF (a German public broadcasting company) and others.
In 2006, she was awarded the British Print-Chevening scholarship to pursue a short-term course in new-age journalism at the University of Westminster, U.K. With a double Masters in Globalisation and Media Studies from Aarhus Universitet (Denmark), University of Amsterdam and Swansea University in Wales, U.K., she has also dabbled in academics, travel writing and socio-cultural studies. Mother to a frisky toddler, she hums 'wheels on the bus' while working and keeps a beady eye on the aforementioned toddler's antics.
Ever hated history in school? Or found it unrelentingly leaden? And one more question: Ever found it biased against women? Okay, let me ask another question for the road. Ever wondered while reading your history textbooks, where did all the women go?
History Chicks is, in a way, a 21st century audio answer to these questions. But wait, this is not history 101 as they declare upfront; this is an attempt by two women to introduce its listeners to the many forgotten women in history, some real and some fictional, but all women who have accomplished great stuff but arguably not been spoken about enough, lauded enough.
Each episode takes up one woman and explores her life and times in great detail. The show notes serve as an introduction to the subject while the podcast takes deeper dives. So you may hear about the times the woman of the episode lived in, her challenges, failures and successes; sometimes you may also hear about all the things that were happening around her, during her lifetime...tidbits, anecdotes and subcultures. Ultimately, the podcast is a journey back into other times with all the information a history textbook can provide and none of its monotony.
I recommend starting your listen with the very first episode on Marie Antoinette for a surprising perspective on the much-vilified queen. There is a poignant episode on Anne Frank and the latest episode on Phillis Wheatley, the first African American woman to have a book published, ought to be listened to for its many forays into the times Wheatley wrote her book in.
As the two hosts say in their 'about us' section, this is a podcast by two women about half the population of this world and thousands of years of history.