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I really want to take on all those nosey parkers whose business is my hair, but in passive retaliation I can only write this.
When did the length of my hair makes its way into your nose? How did it, even after I cut it short, reach your nose and go down into your stomach?
Wow, I deserve the Nobel for Physiology and Medicine this year for discovering this marvellous ‘anatomical corridor’. Or was it known to everyone else? My biology teacher never taught me this, she was a monster who made us memorise each line in the textbook by heart, but there was no line mentioning this pathway!
You can verify the factuality of my discovery by checking it up on the internet. Just like you read up about every medical medical malady, real or imaginary. And then go blurt it out to your doctor – that rare breed of humans who have amazingly high level of tolerance for everything and everyone, especially those who plague them with misinformation and wreck their brains.
I may sound like a maniac, but I am no maniac, atleast, not yet. But my neighbour thinks there is something wrong with me, as do many others in my neighbourhood.
They have explanations too, it’s cancer, ‘of the blood’, incurable, eating her brain; it’s mental illness, depression, stress, failed relationship; she’s a rebel, a femin…(ssh, the dreaded F word). Society seems to have one (or many) reasons for why I have short hair. When I, myself have none, I had just got it done on an impulse, without much (any) thought.
But why does my hair cut create such a stir? It’s too short to even notice, or is that it is too short and so they notice? Well, fact time! India is a country, proud of its culture and heritage, and nowhere is it mentioned of a queen, a freedom fighter(oops, only a handful of females we know!) or anyone great woman, having cropped hair.
Illustrated children’s mythology books show Sita with long hair and Draupadi who didn’t tie her hair (they didn’t have hair ties then and maybe she had silky hair that couldn’t be tied, or she wanted to let her hair down-pun intended-indeed).
I have questions, to ask anyone who dares to speak about it to me to my face. But how do I when it’s all a hush-hush, behind my back, and limited to just stares? Culture resides is in the gorgeous long hair of women or what?! And are all princesses born with luscious locks? What did the royal barbers do (only oil massage?)
Did my hair really go all the way across my head and into your nose? I really want to take on all those nosey parkers whose business is my hair, but in passive retaliation I can only write and end this writing with a quote (a preview of a quote to be a quote when I become famous and give interviews – yes, I am a dreamer) myself, “Your nose is best on your face, it has no business in the length of my locks”.
Image source: a still from the film PK
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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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