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When all friends of my age were wandering and exploring their lives, I was subjected to the four walls of my home which was no less than a jail.
NEVER HAD I IMAGINED THAT MY LIFE WOULD TURN INTO AN INFERNO …
When I became a teenage girl, my parents became more alert. Instead of showing concern towards my studies , they were more concerned about my company of boys. My mom even started spying on me in fear that I might fall prey to an evil-minded boy. I was restricted to roam around freely. Instead of giving “Sex Education”, my parents told me to stay away from boys.
When all friends of my age were wandering and exploring their lives, I was subjected to the four walls of my home which was no less than a jail. The zeal and vigour to play and enjoy was suppressed. On the other hand, I could not find any change in my brother’s life who was also a teenager. He was studying, playing, hanging out and rejoicing his life.
Why Amma? Why?
Why did you do that to me?
Couldn’t you see in my eyes;
The burning desire to learn, grow, enjoy and be wise.
Why did you snatch away my freedom
And forced me into a life of boredom?
You made me believe that a girl’s life is a curse,
Which everyone else contributes in making it worse.
I am taking a vow today that if ever I would have a daughter,
I will definitely raise her with pride and make her life better.
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I recommend reading Manjiri Indurkar's Origami Aai alongside her memoir to have a fulfilling and enriching experience of telling one's story with grace.
It’s All In Your Head, M famed author Manjiri Indurkar’s debut poetry collection, Origami Aai, is independent and yet an extension of her memoir in which she speaks with utmost grace about all forms of abuses that she has survived. In this book of intriguing and evocative poems, the poet weaves words to form images of the everyday life of her middle-class family, love found and lost, trauma, and healing.
The collection is divided into four segments, beginning with the family, slowly moving towards the world, and finally colliding them together.
We aren’t in mourning, but we are creatures of habit.
So we talk of each one who died of drowning,
and I listen to her stories with the patience
of a chronicler.
– Funereal Stories
When someone accuses you of "too much feminism", what they are really saying is, "I am uncomfortable with you challenging the status quo and disrupting my privilege".
Time and again, there is one phrase that keeps coming up in the social media discourse on feminism. Any guesses?
Ah, no prizes for guessing the infamous “itni bhi feminist” or “too much feminism” phrase, a classic eye-roller for me, and I am sure for many more of my tribe, in the realm of gender equality discussions.
Pray tell me, how can an ideology, a movement be too ‘much’? It’s not salt or the seasoning of your soup where you can go, “Oops, too much salt, only one spoon was required”. Either you stand for what feminism stands for, or you don’t.
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