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A poem on the man who worships many goddesses, but proves his masculinity by beating his wife
Guest Blogger Meera Srikant is a professional freelance writer and manuscript editor, having contributed for various newspapers, for business magazine The Smart CEO and with one published novel, Written in the Stars, to her credit. She blogs regularly at http://www.meera-lastingimpressions.blogspot.com in English, and www.valadukaal.blogspot.com in Tamil.
He touches his mother’s feet
When he wakes up in the morning
He walks to the river for a bath
Believing she washes away his sins
He touches the ground he walks on
Seeking forgiveness of Mother Earth
He worships Goddess Lakshmi
So she may stay with him forever
He chants the name of Saraswathi
So she may give him knowledge
He prays to Ma Durga
So she may give him strength
He reaps the harvest
Hailing the name of Annapurna
He beats his wife at home
So he may know he is strong
He rapes an innocent woman
To prove he is a man
He kills his daughter at birth
Hoping for a son to carry his name
He is a beast in the garb of man
Fooling the world, with two faces
One that worships the powerful goddess
The other that beheads the “weaker sex”.
Pic of Goddess Durga at a Kolkata Puja; credit Arindam TTB (Used under a creative commons license)
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Every morning, while dropping the kids at the bus stop, I find a grandfather waiting with his granddaughter. I see him again when I fetch the kids. This has been the pattern for the last few years.
He is seen actively participating in his granddaughter’s activities, from morning and evening walks to attending her parent-teachers meeting, sending her for extracurricular activities to even planning her birthday party. He is admired by all. He is appreciated for making himself useful in his old age. People rave that the doting grandfather is doing his duty towards his children and grandchildren. The much-admired grandfather is also a widower, having lost his wife years ago to chronic disease. It’s also to be noted that both his son and daughter-in-law are working parents.
Every day, the onlookers appreciate his sense of duty and dedication. They say that this is how the elderly should keep themselves occupied. They should bring up their grandchildren while their children go off to work.
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