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Malala Yousafzai has spoken up for the education and empowerment of girls and women everywhere, but what has really changed?
When Malala said,
books and pens are
more powerful than guns,
I felt nothing.
Everyday, I lay my body
in darkness to find solace.
Even If my words no longer rhyme
I want the stillness in my eyes
to stop the seconds, and
the sunlight from
Dear Malala, not to hate
but what to inflict, if I want to
stop my mind.
I couldn’t be brave but to sit
of a man
Who crushes my chest every night.
He taught me,
the ramifications of
the cerebrum, and
I ended up losing one.
I can pick a knife
and carve the words like ‘subtle’
because my body isn’t one.
It is evolving, a body of Chimera
a fiery breath, to make him
Suffocate and die.
I’m sorry Malala,
I’m not valiant with a book
because he never bestow-me-one.
Picture Credits: Malala.org
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If you want to get back to work after a break, here’s the ultimate guide to return to work programs in India from tech, finance or health sectors - for women just like you!
Last week, I was having a conversation with a friend related to personal financial planning and she shared how she had had fleeting thoughts about joining work but she was apprehensive to take the plunge. She was unaware of return to work programs available in India.
She had taken a 3-year long career break due to child care and the disconnect from the job arena that she spoke about is something several women in the same situation will relate to.
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They: Are you married?
They: But You don’t look like it
Me: (in my Mind) Why should I?
Why is being married not enough for a woman, and she needs to look married too? I am tired of such comments in the nearly four years of being married.
I believe that anything that is forced is not right. I must have a choice. I am a living human, not a puppet. And I am not stopping anyone by not following any tradition. You are free to do whatever you like to do. But do not force others. It’s depressing.