The L&M saw how hassled I was and decided to pitch in with other things without being told — like cleaning the house. I made the tactical blunder of telling him not ask me where to put what and use his discretion while doing it.
The concerns affecting us all at that time were very similar. So whatever social inequities existed vis-à-vis women applied to all classes cutting across religions and regions. We were all fighting for the same things: a better life, better sanitation, better education and better future, right to land and property, and a say in the patriarchal system of society.
Ironically even as many of us scorned fashion and make-up and the use of feminine charms to get noticed, the beauty pageant scene also flourished in tandem. So we had girls aspiring to become beauty queens and willing to be judged on the basis of their vital statistics and pearly smiles.
When we return a hurt for a hurt, it only multiplies the pain. Where one person had been hurt before, now two are hurting. And both are miserable. There is no enduring satisfaction in inflicting a hurt or seeing someone suffer.
I was nothing like the superwoman of the ads. I usually came home as if the cat had disgustedly dragged me in, before flopping like an imperfect jelly on the bed. If the family was lucky, they would get the previous week’s left-overs. By bedtime I would be sufficiently rejuvenated to scream and yell at the children to change into their bedclothes and brush their teeth, or else…
The human child requires nourishment and nurturing longer than other animal species. And unlike animal mothers, which push their offspring away towards independence pretty early, human parents, mothers in particular, are reluctant to do so till they are well into adolescence and sometimes even till later. They also try to hold on just a little longer emotionally to their children, especially the boys.
Subhash Chandra Bose empathised with the poor and powerless of our country and learnt early to stand up for the truth no matter how high the price.
Remembering the original Bengal Tiger and the architect of the INA (Indian National Army) on his Birth Anniversary today — January 23.
After a successful trial run, during off-peak hours, when the compartment was only as crowded as the Delhi Metro during peak hours, I felt encouraged to go on a full-fledged trip in the Mumbai local train.