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A poignant wish by a daughter, to be reborn in another life as someone else in her mother's life, someone who will cherish her instead of restricting her choices.
A poignant wish by a daughter, to be reborn in another life as someone else in her mother’s life, someone who will cherish her instead of restricting her choices.
Let me be reborn as your mother who will ensure that you do not grow up too soon and stand by you in everything you do,
Let me be reborn as your father so that I can give you a strong foundation to build your life,
Let me be reborn as your brother who will indulge you and celebrate your achievements,
Let me be reborn as your sister with whom you can share your deepest and darkest secrets with,
Let me be reborn as your lover so that I can shower you with endless gifts,
Let me be reborn as your husband who will respect your choices and value you for who you are and encourage you to live to your full potential and not bind you by fear and insecurities,
Amma, let me be reborn in your life so that I can play each of these roles which will help you become the best version of yourself.
Image source: a still from Nil Battay Sannata
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It is easy to give in to patriarchal expectations from a married woman and lose your self in a marriage, but the path to happiness is in keeping your independence.
Marriage is often described as the joining of two individuals’ bodies, minds, and souls. Upon getting married, you are expected to share everything with your partner, including time, money, and all other aspects of life. Your life should revolve around your spouse from beginning to end.
But is it necessary to spend every waking moment with the spouse? Are you not supposed to have a life apart from your spouse? And do these rules apply only to women or men as well?
Although both men and women may face this situation, women are generally expected to give up everything once they get married. Despite progress in several areas, expecting women to abandon their interests, passions, and friendships to align their lives with those of their spouses is still considered the norm.
The rising numbers of single women choosing this life shout out clear and loud that patriarchy and sexism will no longer break or chain us.
Another book on singlehood? It seems to be the season for books on the joys and freedom of being single. But Demystifying and Dignifying Singlehood: Life Journeys of Single Women Across the Globe by Uma Jain is different. The book does not glorify or glamourise the lives of single women in any way. These are real stories – with the good, the bad and the ugly, all there.
The book tells the stories of 15 single women across the world. A feeling of deep understanding and empathy fills you as you read the book and understand the challenges faced by the women who are single – by choice or chance. Some of the women chose to be single because they faced discrimination and even abuse as girl children. Some others had abusive marriages and sought divorce.
The tag line ‘Crafting pathways on rough terrains’ on the cover page is enough to tell you that this is a serious take on the issue of singlehood. If it focuses more on the rough than the smooth, that has been the reality for the 15 women.
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