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Motherhood is hard. It regretfully does not come with a manual and no mother knows it all. No mother is perfect or can claim to have done everything right, every single time.
Have you been too scared to hold and bathe your newborn?
Or wondered which is the right way of placing a diaper?
Pumped breast milk in restrooms thinking about your crying child at home?
Have you cried at the thought of cleaning your kids’ room for the n th time?
Or watched with a tinge of envy as your child calls out for her nanny?
Have you stood completely helpless as your child threw a tantrum in public?
Or packed junk food in the lunchbox as you had no time to cook?
Have you forgotten your child’s PTM ?
Or spent hours watching movies and playing video games with your kids?
Have you lost your temper and yelled at your teenager ?
Or helplessly shoved a phone in front of your child to feed her?
Have you tried desperately to hold on to your sanity as your house looked as though hit by a hurricane?
Or lost it completely when your child had another “Incomplete” remark in school work?
Have you wondered if you have been inflicted by a chronic condition called “over exhaustion”?
Or caught your two winks of precious sleep as your child watched cartoons on TV?
Motherhood is hard. It regretfully does not come with a manual, and no mother knows it all. No mother is perfect or can claim to have done everything right, every single time.
This mother’s day just breathe and let go of the guilt, the pain, the shame, and the quest for perfection.
As long as you love your children, all is forgiven.
Embrace the real motherhood and stop chasing the ideal one projected by the media.
Happy Mother’s Day!
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What I loved was how there is so much in the movie of the SRK we have known, and also a totally new star. The gestures, the smile, the wit and the charisma are all too familiar, but you also witness a rawness, an edginess.
When a movie that got the entire nation in a twist – for the right and wrong reasons – hits the theatres, there is bound to be noise. From ‘I am going to watch it – first day first show’ to ‘Boycott the movie and make it a flop’, social media has been a furore of posts.
Let me get one thing straight here – I did not watch Pathaan to make a statement or to simply rebel as people would put it. I went to watch it for the sheer pleasure of witnessing my favourite superstar in all his glory being what he is best at being – his magnificent self. Because when it comes to screen presence, he burns it, melts it and then resurrects it as well like no other. Because when it comes to style and passion, he owns it like a boss. Because SRK is, in a way, my last connecting point to the girl that I once was. Though I have evolved into so many more things over the years, I don’t think I am ready to let go of that girl fully yet.
There is no elephant in the room really here because it’s a fact that Bollywood has a lot of cleaning up to do. Calling out on all the problematic aspects of the industry is important and in doing that, maintaining objectivity is also equally imperative. I went for Pathaan for entertainment and got more than I had hoped for. It is a clever, slick, witty, brilliantly packaged action movie that delivers what it promises to. Logic definitely goes flying out of the window at times and some scenes will make you go ‘kuch bhi’ , but the screenplay clearly reminds you that you knew all along what you were in for. The action sequences are lavish and someone like me who is not exactly a fan of this genre was also mind blown.
When Jaya Bachchan speaks her mind in public she is often accused of being brusque and even abrasive. Can we think of her prodigious talent and all the bitter pills she has had to swallow over the years?
A couple of days ago, a short clip of a 1998 interview of Jaya and Amitabh Bachchan resurfaced on social media. In this episode of the Simi Grewal chat show, at about the 23-minute mark, Jaya lists her husband’s priorities: one, parents, two kids, then wife. Then she corrects herself: his profession – and perhaps someone else – ranks above her as a wife.
Amitabh looks visibly uncomfortable at this unstated but unambiguous reference to his rather well-publicised affair with co-star Rekha back in the day.
Watching the classic film Abhimaan some years ago, one scene really stayed with me. It was something Brajeshwarlal (David’s character) says in troubled tones during the song tere mere milan ki yeh raina. He says something to the effect that Uma (Jaya Bhaduri’s character) is more talented than Subir (Amitabh Bachchan’s character) and that this was a problem since society teaches us that men are superior to women.
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