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“Tu beti nahi, beta hai (you are not a daughter, but a son)”. Nothing gets my goat more than this statement. Now I get to hear it evermore after my dad’s passing.
They say I am a son. Nothing irks me more.I am no different than what I was when young.I was a daughter then, I am a daughter now
I was a daughter when my father was mocked as the only brother to have one.I was a daughter when they questioned about investing in my education.I was a daughter when I launched my company and made it grow.I was a daughter when the same naysayers took pride in my achievements.I was a daughter then, I am a daughter now.
I was a daughter when the doctors insisted on talking to a man.You would not be able to take the news, they said.I was a daughter when I researched the procedures.I was a daughter when I cleaned my father’s stitches.I was a daughter when the sight of blood did not make me queasy.I was a daughter then, I am a daughter now.
I was a daughter when I was stopped from touching my father’s ashes.Daughters aren’t allowed to do that, he said.I was a daughter when I made the arrangements.I was a daughter when I handled the paperwork.I was a daughter then, I am a daughter now.
I was always a daughter, the apple of my parents’ eyes.I am a daughter, my brother’s partner in crime.I was never weak, but a girl is all everyone saw.Please do not undermine me by calling me a son.I am a daughter, and shall always be a daughter.
First published here.
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