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In the traditional Indian family, women's share of food tends to be overlooked. Is this changing fast enough?
I feel that the only time that due attention is given to what a woman is eating is when she is pregnant. Pardon me for the bluntness.
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My house-help asked excitedly, “I am going for wedding. Can you let me wear your red & black saree? To be honest I was stumped for a moment; I didn’t know what to say but I still said yes.
I lent a gorgeous saree to my house-help for a wedding in her family. Soon I stated getting questions if I would wear that saree again or if I was okay to be seen wearing the same saree my house-help was wearing?
We are all so conditioned to give our used clothes to our house-helps but are we okay to wear the clothes they were wearing?
A few days ago she came excitedly to me, “I am going for a family wedding. I want to wear your red & black saree, Ill wash and give it to you after the function. Please can you let me wear it?”
Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum (SISP) is an ode to all of the lost women, who could have been sports stars, singers, bankers, lawyers, doctors, just... happy, if they hadn't been enslaved in matrimony, and then forgotten all about.
One of the cool things about my mother was that she was an ace athlete and a champion sculler as a young woman in the 1950s and 60s. I only found out about this side of her a few years ago. I imagine her in a paavaadai dhaavani, taking on the mighty Kaveri river so many decades ago.
I recently watched a Tamil film anthology on SonyLiv that she would have liked to watch – Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum, (SISP) that has 3 stories of 3 different women – Saraswathi, Devaki, and Shivaranjini.
Like all the heroines in the anthology, my mother’s talents were sacrificed at the altar of matrimony. She pawned her gold medals and silver cups one by one to pay for expensive textbooks for us or a gift for a niece on her wedding, money for which she didn’t dare ask my father, because it was her niece… I remember how she caressed the cups and how her face hardened as she shoved them into her bag to take to the jewellers.
Having guests for lunch can be stressful for women - simply because all the work involved in entertaining falls on women (with few of the rewards!)
Having guests for lunch can be stressful for women – simply because all the work involved in entertaining falls on women (with few of the rewards!)
First year of marriage.
The hubby’s birthday.
What is with expecting that women eat after men at social gatherings, and also, not eat more than what is deemed womanly? Isn't this discrimination against women?
What is with expecting that women eat after men at social gatherings, and also, not eat more than what is deemed womanly? Isn’t this discrimination against women?
Women need 2000 K calories while men need 2500 K calories a day. Fair enough! Who can argue with a scientific fact? Men being physically what they are, need more food intake than us women who are smaller and supposedly do less physically demanding work.
Yes, easy enough to understand. But do we take this knowledge too far? Sometimes – actually, a lot of times, when we look around, why does it seem like women end up with being discriminated at the dining table?