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As a woman, I am the one who is burdened with everything, I am the one who takes care of everyone's needs. Then why am I never heard?
Trigger Warning: This deals with domestic violence and violence against women and may be triggering for survivors.
I am God’s biggest gift to the mankind,
But still, why is my existence and significance undefined,
I am the one, who starts taking responsibilities since birth,
But still, I have to plea for respect, dignity and human worth,
I am the one, who sacrifices my own dreams and identity,
But still, why am I always a victim of obscenity,
I am the one, who formulates a family with love and serenity,
But still, why people only see me with pity and a nonentity,
I am the one, who carries a life in my womb risking my own physique,
But still, when it comes to power I am still considered weak,
I am the one, who manages offices and homes at the same time,
But still, a man’s contribution is considered prominent and prime,
I am the one, who serves the family till the last breath,
But still, every day I have to go through an eternal living death.
Image source: a still from the film English Vinglish
Smriti Malhotra is a Delhi girl and an avid dreamer. She works at the Embassy of the Republic of Congo by profession but is a writer by passion. She began writing while at school and read more...
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Rajshri Deshpande, who played the fiery protagonist in Trial by Fire along with Abhay Deol speaks of her journey and her social work.
Rajshri Deshpande as the protagonist in ‘Trial by Fire’, the recent Netflix show has received raving reviews along with the show itself for its sensitive portrayal of the Uphaar Cinema Hall fire tragedy, 1997 and its aftermath.
The limited series is based on the book by the same name written by Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy, who lost both their children in the tragedy. We got an opportunity to interview Rajshri Deshpande who played Neelam Krishnamoorthy, the woman who has been relentlessly crusading in the court for holding the owners responsible for the sheer negligence.
Rajshri Deshpande is more than an actor. She is also a social warrior, the rare celebrity from the film industry who has also gone back to her roots to give to poverty struck farming villages in her native Marathwada, with her NGO Nabhangan Foundation. Of course a chance to speak with her one on one was a must!
“What is a woman’s job, Ramesh? Taking care of parents-in-law, husband, children, home and things at work—all at the same time? She isn’t God or a superhuman."
The arrays of workstations were occupied by people peering into their computer screens. The clicks of keyboard keys were punctuated by the occasional footsteps moving around to brainstorm or collaborate with colleagues in their cubicles. Most employees went about their tasks without looking at the person seated on either side of their workstation. Meenakshi was one of them.
The thirty-one-year-old marketing manager in a leading eCommerce company in India sat straight in her seat, her eyes on the screen, her fingers punching furiously into the keys. She was in a flow and wanted to finish the report while the thoughts and words were coming effortlessly into her mind.
Natu-Natu. The mellifluous ringtone interrupted her thoughts. She frowned at her mobile phone with half a mind to keep it ringing until she noticed the caller’s name on the screen, making her pick up the phone immediately.
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