Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Ahem ahem





The International Women's Day 2015 is observed 8 March ever year since the early 1900s to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all across the globe. The theme for this year's women's day is "Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.” (http://www.ibtimes.co.in)

There is nothing new that I can say to describe women that has not been said before. So let me start by quoting one of my favorite quotes:

A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
— Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady of the United States.

Women have not had it easy. In this paternalistic world, things have come to them in challenging ways. And even not when the situation is a lot easier than what it was before, they do face tough challenges whether in public life or personal. In their personal lives, they often end up compromising and ‘adjusting’ to what comes their way. But why? I feel that today’s smart and sassy women have every right to demand things from their men. They should ask for promises and actions that they deserve. Do you agree?

Let me list three that I would like to demand from mine!

  1. You swear to love me, cherish me and honor me even though I do not allow you to watch a cricket match, even though it is an IPL or a T20, even though it is between India and Pakistan (Gasp!). Of course the list of such sports include football, tennis and basketball!
  2. You swear to feel (or at least act) extremely understanding and considerate when I blow an entire months’ salary on a bag or a pair of shoes or a new duvet.
  3. You will dutifully, happily and willingly eat everything I cook, even though it is of strange shapes, sizes and smells. You will not ask me what it is, where I found the recipe or what the steps I followed are. You will then obediently praise whatever has been cooked and presented to you, using the best words or phrases and volunteer to be the guinea pig for all my future cooking escapades too.
Now I need to, promptly, find him and make him read this post before the sacred women’s day is over, though I do know that women’s day or not the chances of these kasamas and vaadas to be accepted and implemented are fairly slim :D

But you know like a wonder woman once said:

If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman. — Margaret Thatcher, former British Prime Minister.
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 Watch Ranvir make some anti-boriyat kasams here :P


I’m blogging about the kasams I want from my man this Women’s Day with the #SadaSexy activity at BlogAdda!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Parenthood




Rohit belonged to a very well-off industrial family from Gujrat, which had settled in Delhi generations back. He had moved to Mumbai for a stint at one of his father’s companies after his business degree abroad. Shalini was a thorough Mumbaikar he has met in a party and instantly develop a fascination for. She was tall, slender and distinctly pretty.

She had a shiny dusky complexion with a pointed nose and full lips that made heads turn wherever she went. She wore clothes that showed off her beautiful body candidly, yet managed to look totally graceful. Rohit had chased her for almost a year before she has let him take her out. They had been married for a year now after three years of courtship and were wholesomely and helplessly in love with each other. They stayed together in a luxurious rented apartment and were moving soon into their own house in a swanky locality. Rohit managed his father’s chemical factory and paper mill in the suburbs and Shalini was a freelance interior designer.

They were the ideal couple according to all standards. But still they had begun feeling a little incomplete off late. They had thought initially that they did not want or care for a child, but somehow the lack was showing up now in all aspects of their lives. They kept looking at other married couples and wondering what were they missing out on. The patter of feet in the lobby, the giggles from the bedroom and the lovely little hugs at the end of the day, these were just some of the things that their friends spoke about. At the time these two pretended to not care and just nodded for the sake of it. But back home there was a little effect that they carried back. They mulled over what had happened and worried about sharing it with the other person. Navigation through these emotions alone itself was so scary, that they did not want to risk it sharing with the other person.

Shalini asked herself if she was supposed to feel like other women, all maternal and caring, because currently all she cared about was her work. Was she abnormal? Was she not feminine enough? Did caring a lot about her work make her insensitive or devoid of feelings? She did not know the answers and the more she struggled with them, the more her head became muddled. She di not know how to navigate through these scary thoughts!

Rohit wondered if he was so practical and cold-hearted. He wondered what kind of a father he would make. He was still in the process of navigation through the family business so he wondered if he would be able to give the child enough attention and love, the kind that any parent needs to give.




This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.
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Birthday party




Her brother called when she was standing on the road waiting for an auto rickshaw. It must be about her nephew’s first birthday party. Her mother had already mentioned that they all wanted her to fly over for the ceremony and then spend time with all of them for a week at least. She had explained how those many leaved will not work, with too many professional commitments to be respected. Her mother had whined and complained and the conversation had been deferred. She knew her brother would be more difficult to convince. She took the call.

“Babli, which day did you decide on finally? I have to book your tickets in time. The function is almost here. We might not get tickets if we make it too late.” He immediately started. “You know what the theme is for the birthday?” He sounded very excited. “It is called Fantastico! Yes, exactly. Everything in the room will be Fantastico, the cake, the costumes, return gifts, d├ęcor, food and music. Neev is so excited and my deal wife has been busy planning for over a month now!”


“Bhaya, I am yet to talk to the managers at both places. I don’t know what dates I will be able to spend there.” She tried to sound very logical. An auto rickshaw slowed beside her and she explained the location. He took off without an answer. She signaled to another one. Her brother started again in the meanwhile.

“Babli this is not done. You know its Neev’s first birthday and everybody wants you to be there. Dad will be very upset if he hears about how you have been dilly dallying on the dates for almost a month now.”

“I spoke with mom and Bhabhi, and told them the situation. You and dad are always the non-understanding ones.” She felt guilty but also upset about the pressure.

“I want the dates by tomorrow morning else I will go ahead and book it for a day before the birthday. You can stay for two days with us and then in Chandigarh for some days.” Dhruv sounded angry and Jiya thought best to end the conversation.

“Okay, I will try. I am not sure if this works though. Maybe, I’ll let you know by tomorrow evening.” He tried to protest again but she cut him short. “If I keep standing on the road and talking to you, it will be morning soon. I need to take a vehicle and get home now. I will talk to you tomorrow. Bye.” He replied feebly and she hung up. He was elder to her by two years and she was a tad scared of him when they were children but things had changed after they grew up and apart.




This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.
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