Well, world mother's day according to me does not signify much. I don't need a specific day, wherein i can appreiciate mother. But the world does celebrate this day, i too join the crowd.
Women belong to two categories, those who can bear a child form one group, those who can't belong to another. I read this piece of information, sometime ago. Absurd, yet true. Segregating womankind into two different groups, and treating them in a different manner. An unreasonable act. To bear a child is the utmost desire(?) in the heart of any lady.
Mother, father and i was watching t.v the other day. As they say, a lady becomes a woman upon giving birth to a child. Well, i don't agree with the above statement. I voiced my opinion.
This is how the conversation followed:
Mother: No Mouna, what you say is wrong.
Father: Well, afterall she(me) is a biology student, there must be a reason for her to say this.
Me: Yes, ma, father is correct.
Father: But Mouna, mother has had experience, and she speaks from experience. It has more magnitude than what you(me) understand from biology.
Well, i am still not sure what to gather from the above debate. Both mother and father make sense.
But, one thing surely annoys me, the way women get treated when their folks realise that a particular woman is barren. Who is to blame? Mother Nature?
I am reminded of Indira Goswami(one of my favourite writers) and the Kamakhya temple. The rituals followed there is disturbing(to say the least), a bull is sacrificed, in order to please Shakthi. Who'll in turn enhance a woman's womb to bear fruit. As one reads Goswami, one is filled with disappointment. Ghastly rituals. And this is just a sampler. Umpteen number of such incidents, practices are followed religiously.
I came across this article yesterday, in one of the kannada dailies, Praja Vani. It talks about altruism. One of the highlighted features of mankind is generosity. Though it's hardly seen these days.
I've the pleasure of knowing two women who have adopted children. Two nice women. One is a lecturer at college, and the other a friend of father's. I respect them a lot more. Their kind act makes me do so.