We Want Daughters To Be Bold Decision Makers But Struggle To Accept It When They Actually Are!

He questioned if it was a love marriage, to which Jagriti nodded proudly. However, he couldn’t resist making a snide comment about Jagriti marrying after “seeing it all.”

In a small town where time seemed to move slowly, there lived a young woman named Jagriti. She had returned home for a vacation to spend time with her parents, Baba and Maa. August had arrived, and Independence Day was just around the corner.

As the town buzzed with preparations for the celebration, Jagriti couldn’t help but notice the lingering backward and narrow thinking that some people still held. Nevertheless, she enthusiastically joined the children in preparing for the Independence Day program.

After the flag hoisting ceremony, a neighbour kindly invited everyone for tea. Jagriti, along with her sister, accepted the invitation. The gathering was pleasant until the topic took an unexpected turn when another neighbour asked about Jagriti’s marriage.

A comment by a nosy neighbour critical of her exercising her choice

With a tinge of sarcasm, he questioned if it was a love marriage, to which Jagriti nodded proudly. However, he couldn’t resist making a snide comment about Jagriti marrying after “seeing it all.” His words sparked anger within her, and she reflected on the societal expectations surrounding decisions, especially for women.

In her heart, Jagriti pondered that even parents make decisions based on certain criteria, like finding an educated and well-mannered partner from a good family. She had done the same and she herself hailed from a respectable family and had completed her education from a renowned college.

Jagriti recognized the unfair judgment that came with decisions, particularly those made by women. She wondered why society struggled to appreciate a woman’s ability to make choices, especially when she is educated and capable. The dilemma echoed the irony of some wanting their daughters to be bold decision-makers but struggling to accept it when they actually are.

As Jagriti sipped her tea, she contemplated whether this resistance stemmed from male ego or simply a reluctance to let go of traditional expectations. Regardless, she understood the importance of challenging such thinking and paving the way for a more open-minded and accepting society.

Image source: a still from the film Piku

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Hey there, I'm Shashi – a proud Varanasi native. Wrapped up my MBA at BHU, and now I'm rocking the HR scene by day and channeling my inner wordsmith by night. Passionate about people read more...

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