Started in 1355 B.S. (1948), Srimati was a women’s journal in Bengali. The journal was edited by Mira Chaudhury and published from Sri Shakti Press, Calcutta. Srimati published plays, stories, novellas and poems as well as essays, commentaries, travelogues and book reviews. Devoted mostly to women’s issues, the journal had several typical sections meant exclusively for women readers – ‘Ghoroya’ (Domestic Matters); ‘Ghare Baire’ (The Home and the World); ‘Saundarja’ (Beauty); ‘Swasthya’ (Health); and ‘Shilpa’ (Industry). Srimati brought out an annual Puja number every year on the occasion of Durga Puja.
The section ‘Ghoroya’ carried food recipes and directions for the preparation of preserves (jams, jellies and pickles). This section also provided tips on modern home planning, interior designing and gardening. ‘Ghare Baire’ focused on travels and was written in the form of travelogues. ‘Saundarja’ offered suggestions and procedures for the maintenance of women’s hair, skin and physique. ‘Swasthya’ discussed health problems and offered home remedies. ‘Shilpa’ related to women’s industry, especially knitting. ‘Sishu’, a section for children, carried stories, games, and puzzles. Contributors to the journal included Lila Majumdar, Debaprasanna Mukhopadhyay, Aparna Bhattacharya and Bani Ray. Published articles included A.C. Ukil’s ‘Sushama Khadya’ (Balanced Diet); Lila Majumdar’s ‘Bangladesher Chhele Meye’ (The Boys and Girls of Bengal); and Sachindra Kumar Dutta’s ‘Khadya Utpadan Abhijane Nari’ (Women in the Venture of Food Production).