When there is a spark inside you, it will burst forth into a flame one day, no matter your social standing or circumstances. The idea is to light that spark, stoke it and not let it get extinguished.
A Women’s Day photo feature celebrating the indomitable spirit and dignity of our sisters from rural India.
If only we didn’t sneer at everything traditional as being regressive and patriarchal!, we would find much wisdom – especially pertaining to health – in many customs, if not all of them, .
The churning of the defining decades of the 60s and 70s produced not just the economic classes but also created distinct groups of women in the middle and upper ends of the social spectrum. These groups were formed as a result of the lessons that the events and experiences threw up, from which they learnt, learnt wrongly or didn’t learn at all.
There was a time when issues concerning women were near similar for all classes of women across the social spectrum. It was only later that class demarcations began tearing the social fabric asunder and the concerns began diverging too, so much so that the classes could have been populating different planets.
The issues confronting women were and still are infinitely more serious and life-changing than making choices about the size one wants to be, go pubbing or have sex outside marriage.
There is beauty in every human being. Can’t we just bring it out by being good, honest, compassionate and pleasant?
The ways men and women react to stressful situations can be so varied. Take at look at some.
An entire nation held its collective breath for a win in a sport other than cricket when Mary Kom, took on Nicola Adams in the semi-finals of the inaugural event at the London Olympics earlier in the evening. Her loss still earned her the bronze medal and gave the country its biggest haul of medals in an Olympics.
We take a lot of things in life for granted, the most important being life itself. Not just ours, but even that of others close to us. We forget that life comes with no guarantee and no expiry date and so we merrily take people and relationships for granted.
The headline jumped at me from the newspapers in the morning — India is second only to Afghanistan in gender bias and consequently crimes against women in South Asia. Though it makes me mad, I am not going to write about gender inequality. There are more qualified feminist and other blogs that would do a great job of it. I am in no mood for the routine male bashing, in-laws bashing, marriage bashing, tradition and culture bashing, religion bashing, Khap…all touted as being the causes for the state that women in our country are in. I am mad at an entirely different thing. Read the post and tell me if my anger is justified or not.
Mary Kom, the spunky boxer from Manipur has made the country proud by ensuring a medal for the country at the London Olympics. Here is to wishing Mary Kom all the very best for a gold!