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I am from India my land my home, I come back here no matter where else I’ve roamed...
I come from a land of a billion,
I come from a mystic place of saris, dhotis, bangles and foreheads with vermillion.
I come from a home of faith, belief and prayers,
When you look around, you see people of different layers.
I come from a land of dosas, chutney,
Idli, vadas and sambar,
I come from a place where there are bustling markets and bazaars.
I am from a family of strong women folk,
Follow traditions and sing prayers to Gods we invoke.
I am from a land of untold history and grandeur,
Of Palaces, Maharajas, wealth and Princess’ allure.
I am from a land of mysticism, religion, culture and the Kama Sutra,
I am from the rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Brahmaputra.
I come from a place of many languages and states,
I come from lands of natural beauty many can appreciate.
I come from a land that had struggled and lost its riches and treasures,
I come from a land of the Kohinoor Diamond and many undiscovered treasures.
I am from a place of peace, Buddha and his teachings,
I am from a land of many priests, pilgrimages and The Holy Books’ Teachings.
I am from the land of mountains, valleys and beautiful sceneries,
I am from a land of many Gods, Goddesses and powerful energies.
I am from India my land my home,
I come back here no matter where else I’ve roamed.
I am from family and friends who are close and dear,
No matter the odds, I face my everyday with strength, not fear.
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Chitra Govindraj grew up in Dubai, was educated in the US and now lives with her family in Bangalore, India. She dabbled in the corporate world as a banker and a soft skills trainer and read more...
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I recommend reading Manjiri Indurkar's Origami Aai alongside her memoir to have a fulfilling and enriching experience of telling one's story with grace.
It’s All In Your Head, M famed author Manjiri Indurkar’s debut poetry collection, Origami Aai, is independent and yet an extension of her memoir in which she speaks with utmost grace about all forms of abuses that she has survived. In this book of intriguing and evocative poems, the poet weaves words to form images of the everyday life of her middle-class family, love found and lost, trauma, and healing.
The collection is divided into four segments, beginning with the family, slowly moving towards the world, and finally colliding them together.
We aren’t in mourning, but we are creatures of habit.
So we talk of each one who died of drowning,
and I listen to her stories with the patience
of a chronicler.
– Funereal Stories
Homemakers or as we often call them, 'housewives' are IMO the most underestimated and disrespected of women. Time this changed.
I am so glad to write about this as homemakers were and till are the most undervalued and underestimated.
Having grown up in Indian society, I have witnessed people disrespecting homemakers by delivering various comments like, “saara din ghar par to hoti ho karti kya ho” (being at home what do you do full day), “housewives ke pass to bahut time hota hai” (housewives have a lot of time), “subah kaam hota hai fir to free hi free saara din” (you have work in the morning and then you are free the whole day).
I am a working woman and I confess that I can go to work because earlier my mother and now my mother-in-law share responsibilities with me. People feel the work of a homemaker is easy but honestly, it’s not. I see my mother-in-law waking up at 6 am and working non-stop till night. In fact, I would say the life of some working individuals are much more sorted and simple than that of a homemaker.
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