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She never got a chance to create a bucket list! The struggle of surviving a divorce, a judgmental society and a not-so-supportive mother while raising two lives alone— took away her everything!
Growing up, she was never loved or cared for as she should have been, yet she had a love for everyone. She grew up to be one of the most caring and helpful people you’d meet.
She never had too much makeup on, yet she looked beautiful and had a captivating and contagious smile.
Her thick, long and wavy hair just added to her beauty. She was kind and selfless, too selfless for her good. She was seen as the “perfect” daughter by society. But nobody knew how she felt.
She was married off when 23. Nobody cared if she wanted to or not. Nobody cared about her choices. She had dreams she wanted to fulfil, they weren’t too much, but she was passionate about them, but who was asking?
They all wanted her to be married. She never cared about what others felt about her, but she cared about what her mother wanted. She could never hurt her mother. So when her mother wanted her to get married, she said yes.
After a few rejected grooms, they found one that they deemed perfect for her. A little older and bigger than her, but it was okay. Or so they thought.
A few days into the marriage, she realized she had been lied to. After another few days, she realized he was controlling. Within some time, she realized he was abusive as well.
What could she do? She had no support. She was told that her fate has been sealed, and she has to live with him. All her life.
Two years later, she gave birth to a beautiful, lovely boy. His eyes, his smile, and his heartbeat immediately stole her heart. Within a year, she was pregnant with another baby.
And the abuse continued through it all. She stayed strong through it all. But one day, when she realized he was a threat to her child’s life, she decided to leave him.
Again started the struggle of surviving a divorce, a judgmental society and a not-so-supportive mother while raising two lives alone— took away her every moment. She worked hard and did beyond her capabilities to make ends meet. All through this, she never forgot to be kind and keep smiling.
A few years later, she had two mischievous yet smart and loving teenage boys when she fell in love with another man. But alas! There too, her luck was not in her favour! She never married him, but she was bearing his child.
But the child was, unfortunately, a girl, and he refused to accept her. She decided to raise the child as her own.
Thus began another phase of her life which was filled with struggles, hardships and loneliness, but she stood strong! She never gave up. She did her best to give her kids the best life.
Unfortunately, though, in all this, her dreams were crushed, and her health kept deteriorating.
Today, she’s 58 and her boys have grown into hard-working and talented men, her baby girl has grown into a teenager. But her dreams and her bucket list remain incomplete.
And she sometimes thinks, would things be different had she taken a stand for herself.
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"I chose to go out into the remote, wild, unknown, and make it home," says entrepreneur Kiranjeet Ahluwalia Chaturvedi, who owns Birdsong & Beyond.
The story of my mountain home Birdsong & Beyond started taking shape in 2009, on the internet, the way many stories do these days.
My childhood fascination for a life in the Himalayas led to an internship with a central Himalayan NGO instead of a much prized corporate assignment. But when they offered me a full-time job, I refused. I was overcome by fear and a lack of confidence.
My other longings pulled me away – the longing to fit in, to earn validation from others. By my mid-30s, with all the trappings of a middle-class urban life in place, the call of the snows couldn’t be ignored anymore. So I got to work on it with clearer intentions and a stronger sense of what I needed for myself, and why.
Many Indian elderly are firm believers in enslaving a daughter-in-law in the name of tradition which is actually a tradition of oppression and not of religious faith.
Albeit, the popular culture has interpreted scriptures as suggesting that Kanyadaan is the supreme form of donation given to someone, the connotation that the word donation alludes to definitely objectifies the girl.
Even when the exegesis justify the act of giving away the daughter, considering it a ritual to mark the initiation of the daughter into her husband’s gotra and her becoming the part of his family tree.
There is no denial of the fact that this initiation is not required on the part of the groom thereby formally denoting the end of the filial ties with the daughter as it was popularly instructed to the bride during the Vidai ceremonies:
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