Thank you @mira.kapoor and @rad@rado for choosing me to pass this wonderful movement of appreciation on to. Most people imagine that I was born in the lap of luxury and it is true I have certainly enjoyed a life of relative privilege but where I feel I have the real advantage is in the strong education my parents insisted I have - a BA from Oxford University and an MSc in International Relations (not International Relationships which the media frequently prints and which alludes to an entirely different skill-set). In a country like India where there are millions of children who do not have access to primary education - a basic human right and many women are denied the confidence and skills required to be truly empowered - I am very fortunate indeed to have been given the freedom to choose and the empowerment that yields real and valuable choices. My grandmother was married at the age of nine and had her first child at the age of 13. My maternal grandmother had to fight to get an MA degree in English (a huge expense of 50 rupees in those days). My own mother has been asked her whole life how her husband ‘allowed’ her to work. My privilege of choice- be it education, occupation or choice or life partner - that I take for granted today was earned by my foremothers and I am so grateful to them for paving the way. Thanks to them I am the #masterofmaterials (or #mistressofmaterials) like my @rado #AD. Women can be the greatest source of strength and support to other women, or we can be our own worst enemy. I know that I can always count on your strength and support @iamhumaq and so I pass this on to you.