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If you thought “(S)he loves me /loves me not” was one of the most difficult questions to answer in life, you probably got it right – and wrong too.
Why? Because there’s another question which is equally (if not more difficult) to answer, i.e. “Should she work or not? – especially if she is married / a mother”. This topic is much discussed and debated in almost every circle I know. No matter his/her age, almost everyone I know has a strong view, opinion and perspective on the issue – from my neighbor’s grandfather to my mother to my mother-in-law to my friends to my colleagues to my daughter to the family friends’ dog to the long distance uncle/aunty who saw me once as a baby…all and sundry. But of course! We live in an era where we all have freedom of thought and speech, and so literature and stories galore!
Here’s the thing…
I know what it takes for most women to answer that question and make peace with their answer.
I know what it takes for most women to share their answer with the world, and deal with all that the response entails.
I know what it takes for most women to action her answer on a daily basis, and deal with all that comes her way.
Because I’ve been there, and done that! And like with everything else in life – It has its good, bad and ugly.
And yet, anyone who listens to my voice knows that I am a strong advocate of #WomenAtWork.
A lot of times I’m asked and continue to ask myself, “Why should women work?”
Here’s my response.
It does not matter what works she does.
It does not matter where she works.
It does not matter how she works.
It does not matter how long she works.
What matters is that SHE WORKS.
Today, tomorrow and the day after.
What matters is that her work makes a difference to her/their life.
This post is dedicated to any/all women who have ‘worked’ at some time in their life. May the tribe expand, flourish and prosper!
First published here.
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Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 might have had a box office collection of 260 crores INR and entertained Indian audiences, but it's full of problematic stereotypes.
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 starts with a scene in which the protagonist, Ruhaan (played by Kartik Aaryan) finds an abandoned pink suitcase in a moving cable car and thinks there is a bomb inside it.
Just then, he sees an unknown person (Kiara Advani) wave and gesture at him to convey that the suitcase is theirs. Ruhaan, with the widest possible smile, says, “Bag main bomb nahi hai, bomb ka bag hai,” (There isn’t a bomb in the bag, the bag belongs to a bomb).
Who even writes such dialogues in 2022?
Be it a working or a homemaker mother, every parent needs a support system to be able to manage their children, housework, and mental health.
Let me at the outset clarify that when I mention ‘work’ here, it includes ANY work. So, it could be the work at home done by a homemaker parent or it could be work in a professional/entrepreneurial environment.
Either way, every parent struggles to find that fine balance between ‘work’ and ‘parenting’, especially with younger kids who still need high emotional and physical support from their caretakers. And not just any balance, but more importantly, balance that lets them keep their own sanity intact!