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A new mom is in a very fragile place, both mentally and physically, but do we give her the same support as a human being, as we give her for being the 'Maa'?
A new mom is in a very fragile place, both mentally and physically, but do we give her the same support as a human being, as we give her for being the ‘Maa’?
She sat on the edge of her bed, trying to figure out how to get back into bed, partly because of the physical postpartum pain, but more so because of the hollow feeling within.
Meera was home after 3 days in the hospital where she had given birth to a healthy boy through C- section. She was glad to be back home, the home that she had set up, managed, and maintained up until last week. But something felt wrong, something felt out of place. She couldn’t find the same comfort or normalcy that her home usually gave her.
Meera stared at the bassinet and her son lying in it.
She loved him for sure, didn’t she? Of course she did. She had been taking care of him for past months, making sure all was ok, all was perfect.
But nothing seemed perfect now. She wanted the physical pain to go away, she wanted to walk, talk , sleep, eat, like the old days. She felt like she was crumbling under the pressure and responsiblity of motherhood. She wanted to go back in time just for a moment.
Yes that’s it. She wanted to go back to the old days. And suddenly, it suddenly hit her.
It will never be the same.
A new mother is as vulnerable and emotionally fragile as a newborn child. While, we as a society put our heart and care towards the wellbeing of the new born child, we seldom sympathise or empathise with the mother.
There are many Meeras in our society who crumble under the pressure of being the perfect parent just because she is a woman. We don’t need to be perfect. We don’t need to superhuman. We just want to be treated human.
A human who can err.
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I wanted to scream with excitement that my daughter chose to write about her ambition and aspirations over everything else first. To me, this was one of those parenting 'win' moments.
My daughter turned eight years old in January, and among the various gifts she received from friends and family was an absolutely beautiful personal journal for self-growth. A few days ago, she was exploring the pages when she found a section for writing a letter to her future self. She found this intriguing and began jotting down her thoughts animatedly.
My curiosity piqued and she could sense it immediately. She assured me that she would show me the letter soon, and lo behold, she kept her word.
I glanced at her words, expecting to see a mention of her parents in the first sentence. But, to my utter delight, the first thing she had written about was her AMBITION. Yes, the caps here are intentional because I want to scream with excitement that my daughter chose to write about her ambition and aspirations over everything else first. To me, this was one of those parenting ‘win’ moments.
Uorfi Javed has been making waves through social media, and is often the target of trolls. So who and what exactly is this intriguing young woman?
Uorfi Javed (no relation to Javed Akhtar) is a name that crops up in my news feeds every now and again. It is usually because she got trolled for being in some or other ‘daring’ outfit and then posting those images on social media. If I were asked, I would not be able to name a single other reason why she is famous. I am told that she is an actor but I would have no frankly no clue about her body of work (pun wholly unintended).
So is Urfi Javed (or Uorfi Javed as she prefers) famous only for being famous? How does she impact the cause of feminism by permitting herself to be objectified, trolled, reviled?
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