Today is International Women's Day. A day when a woman is supposed to feel liberated, and experience freedom. Mother declared that she had planned not to enter the kitchen today. Well, i argued that, i too am a woman. She then, told me, a lady is transformed into a woman only after she bears a child. I do not agree with this. And i did tell her this. Nevertheless, we didn't discuss on this issue.
I'm reminded of Rudaali. It is a story written by Mahasweta Devi. It as staged and later made into a movie by Kalpana Lazmi. The music by Bhupen Hazarika is mind-blowing. Especially, the song: Ganga. What lyrics!!
I guess, i read it, when i was in high school and saw the movie a couple of years later. I was shocked. It was the story of two women, a mother daughter duo, who cries at funerals to earn a living. The conditions are dire. A meal a day is manna. It's pathetic, the scenes where they beat their breasts out. Accompanied by loud wails. It disturbs a sensitive mind.
A country where female foeticide/infanticide is rampant. On the other hand, we have a new-world woman, who thinks broad. Independent and strong-willed. Imagine, how vibrant the world will be. When each and every girl is provided a life.
Happy Women's Day!