The day she was born, her parents bought her gold;
They said: “She’ll need it when she’s 18 years old”
At 16, her elders forbade her from wearing jeans & tees;
They said: “It will attract men. Don’t wear them, please!”
At 18, they wanted her to get hitched;
They said: “If you delay, the society will think that you are witched”
At 21, her husband wanted her to quit work;
“Don’t earn; Cook and take care of kids”, he told her-like a Jerk!
She did all that was asked of her
To such an extent that her life’s aspirations seemed (to her) like a blur;
And, after all this,
At 40, she asked her son to quit smoking;
“Mom, you don’t know what life is. Do what you are good at”, he said, without a bit of feeling…
Crushed, she wept all night;
She told herself: “My son doesn’t respect me; I need to fight for my right”
She enrolled herself in classes;
Studying along with young 18 yr. old lads & lasses;
Her confidence grew n-fold;
She followed the news and didn’t have to be taught or told;
She thought: “There are 1000s of women like me”
“I need to show them the world the way I see”
She broke free from her shell
And set to spread the “self-respect” spell…
She had heard of women’s organizations which provided support and aid,
But, she wanted to do it differently: with men who would help women w/o wanting to get laid;
To her surprise, she found not just 1 or 2, but a whole bunch: thanks to her “class” friends
Together, they set out to reform the society; to wash corrupt minds and cleanse.
The group travelled from village to village, meeting people; talking to women & men
Facing opposition from every 7 in ten!!!
Nothing deterred them;
Rigid rules and outlandish laws: they continued to oppose and condemn;
Men speaking for women brought about a paradigm shift in the thought process of some;
Others remained silent and mum;
But, they did not stop;
Every effort was in an ocean of reforms, just another drop;
In people, they knew that this effort would seed thoughts of freedom and self- power ;
That was and is, the need of the hour….
So, what about us?
Do we stop at reading an article and making a little fuss?
Come, let’s join hands and go up to ring the bell of change from the high tower… 🙂