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Talking about women and friendships, Who is a woman's best friend? Some interesting thoughts.
One of my earlier posts here on Women’s Web was about Women and Friendships, specially on the question “Why do women stop investing in friendships?“. Interestingly and surprisingly, the post generated a lot of discussion – especially offline in my personal networks! In fact, a lot of my friends who read the post actually called me after ages just to say Hello, and connect – And I must confess, that did feel good! (Wow! If writing such posts helps me in maintaining my own friendships, that would be AWESOME!)
But more importantly, the discussions primarily revolved around one key question “Who really is a woman’s BEST FRIEND?”
Did I hear you say “DIAMONDS”?.. Well! Not for the women I know…
So, who then is a woman’s BEST FRIEND? Sharing below some of the most prominent and interesting threads which emerged from my conversations:
There’s so much written and said about the beauty of the world of books. And that’s so true! Books can indeed be your best friend for life. Simply because you learn, you grow, you understand, you gain new insights / perspectives, you can travel around the world sitting on your bed, you can laugh, you can cry, you can think, you can dream, you can hope… And many a times, you can fall asleep with a book! The words of a book can sometimes be the medicine that can soothe many a wound in your life – Of the body, heart, mind and soul! The words of a book can inspire, motivate and show you the light when there’s darkness all around. And the world of books can sometimes actually help you connect with yourself in ways you’d never ever imagine.
To a lot of woman, their best friend is actually their freedom. Freedom to think, to speak, to act, to emote, to express, to choose, to hold-on, to let-go, to endure, to bear and to just be.
“Knowledge is power” in today’s world. And that’s true! More true for a woman. What knowledge is critical for a woman? Knowledge of self, of people, of finance, of laws, of rights, of options, of alternatives, of procedures, of processes, of the world ways, of technology, of the How’s, of the Whom’s, of the Who’s, of the What’s, of the Where’s : All go a long way in how your life eventually turns out. And how can any woman build this knowledge? By continuously focusing on learning, and dedicating some time every single day to learn something new. Read about a topic less known to you. Speak to someone who knows more than you. Watch programs which expand your knowledge base. In the long run, your knowledge will hold you in good stead – No matter what life throws at you!
Interestingly, to a lot of women music is their best friend for life. Because it touches and soothes something deep within! Of course, every woman has different flavors of music which appeal to her, but music again can sometimes touch and heal you in ways that nothing else can!
Last but not least, independence is the best friend from many women. Financial independence of course tops the list for many women. And then of course, there’s physical independence (which translates to just being able to go where you want & when you want!), social independence, religious independence and spiritual independence. For a lot of women, their own independence is / will always be their best friend!
And then of course, I can go on adding to the list. There can be so many other BEST FRIENDS for any woman – your parents, your spouse, your siblings, your real-life friends, your pets, your kids, your wealth, your name……
What’s important is to know who is your BEST FRIEND? And then invest in that FRIENDSHIP for LIFE!
I’d like to hear your views on this.. “As a woman, who is your BEST FRIEND?“.. Leave a comment to let the community know.. May be it helps some woman somewhere… make a new friend!
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Chetan Bhagat had no business slut shaming Uorfi Javed or any other woman. If he wants to 'guide' young men in the 'right direction' then he should take accountability for his words.
Chetan Bhagat, one of India’s bestselling authors, thought it was an ingenious idea to slut-shame Uorfi Javed, an Indian actress and influencer, at the Sahitya Aaj Tak literature festival.
“Phone has been a great distraction for the youth, especially the boys, spending hours just watching Instagram Reels. Everyone knows who Uorfi Javed is. What will you do with her photos? Is it coming in your exams or you will go for a job interview and tell the interviewer that you know all her outfits? On one side, there is a youth who is protecting our nation at Kargil and on another side, we have another youth who is seeing Uorfi Javed’s photos hiding in their blankets.”
Uorfi Javed responded with a video on her Instagram stories calling out Bhagat’s bluff. She shared the screenshots of his previous chat conversations with Ira Trivedi, author and yoga instructor, which came to light during the #MeToo movement.
While boys are taught to naturally own the space they enter, girls are taught to give up, to accommodate, to adjust since "it is their primary responsibility to keep families and relations together."
Yesterday, I was watching these 4 young girls around 16 – 17 years old play badminton. They were having fun, goofing around with all 4 of them equally involved in the game.
In some time two of their male friends joined them, and as part of round robin, the 2 boys replaced two of the girls. All good.
As the play continued, I started noticing a change in the way the game was being played. The shuttle was played most of the times between the two boys and there was a sense of competition and aggression brought in. The other 2 girls playing soon starting losing interest in the game as they hardly got any game time. Even if the shuttle came towards them, the boy in their team would move and play that shot. They soon moved to the sidelines as the boys continued to play.
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