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  • Uncategorized

    Don't Marry For Goddess Sake!!!!

    Do you think Marriage is ‘just’ the consensual union of two persons? Well…Not at least in my country! More than this, here, it’s a socially and ritually recognised coming together of two partners which in addition to love also establishes rights and obligations between them, and between them and their In-laws, and not to forget, the relatives! It’s complicated as majority of us actually like these customs, and go miles to maintain a ‘preset’ social image. The couple remain too busy tending ‘important’ relations that it gives them quite some time off each other. Possibly these potent distractions have contributed to ‘one-life, one-life partner’ concept, prevalent here (you spend less time…

  • Empowerment

    Happy life can not be bought or gifted; Try something else

    Dowry is one of the most criticized yet, most practised custom in our culture. We see people shouting slogans against ‘taking’ dowry and Government, making every possible strict rule for people ‘asking’  dowry. But has this stopped? Have we actually changed? No! I don’t think so. However, we have replaced the ‘word’ with a ‘suitable’ one. We don’t call it ‘dowry’ any more; instead we refer to dowry as ‘Gifts from parents’ to their daughter. More, the better; and costlier, the lovelier. Too much show-off, literally blinding one’s eyes. Dowry (sorry, gifts!) is not the only problem here. A survey says Indians on an average spend major portion of their…

  • Empowerment,  Humour,  Parenting

    No ‘Gudiya’ after a ‘Pudiya’

    In India, festival fever is in-the-air. After pleasing our ancestors, we recently celebrated ‘Navratras’. Many of us queued up the temples; stayed grainless for days; did every sort of religious stuff and searched for ‘little girls’ to be worshiped (‘Kanya Poojan’) in order to complete this many-days-long ritual. Because of prevailing ‘Girls paucity’, booking starts beforehand. Ironically, we never mind standing and waiting for hours in the streets for little girls, for a proclaimed worship but not many of us want to hear, ‘it’s a girl!’, while waiting outside the delivery room. Why this double standard? I remember, when my daughter was born, many visitors were awfully grief-bound as I…