“Where’s my food? What have you made for me today? Why aren’t you giving me something to eat?” My daughter complains every weekend while still in bed. I rush to prepare something new. Last time she wanted rainbow-sandwich-bread-pakoras with coriander chutney and ketchup filling. The same evening brought another storm, as she did not get the dinner that she had hoped for. I gave her something that calmed her a little. She is a young woman of twenty and some. 🙂
Most days she is the one tidying up the house, arranging things, chiding her mom, brother, and granny for leaving stuff lying around the house. She has been a teacher and a caretaker to her younger brother. One cannot blame her for her volatile temper. To the world, she is an angel with the sweetest nature, and so she is.
Our daughters are our princesses. They are our world. I see my family, friends, colleagues, people around me, and all my contacts on social networks as doting parents, taking pride in their daughters, showing off their daughters’ smiles, accomplishments, and important events.
Is ours a different world? Do we all belong to an exclusive club? Why are the newspapers and the media narrating a different story? I would like to believe that ours is the real world; that our daughters are loved as much, whichever system they belong to. This is our legacy, this is the real world, as real as it gets. Anything else reported is atrocity and monstrosity, unreal and not the norm. Any person behaving otherwise, condescending our daughters, committing crimes against them, and making them miserable in any way, should be stoned, booked for crime, and punished severely. I hope and pray that the reality is the village in Rajasthan that plants 111 trees for each girl child that is born. I hope that our princesses rule the world, live in a fairy tale sans all the beasts, villains, and awful stepmoms.
Our daughters are our pride, and our precious jewel crowning our heads. They are the heartbeat, the smile, and all things beautiful. God’s most beautiful creation, girls bring sense into the insane, beastly world. Any uneducated, unsubstantiated notions and all clichés related to women can be denounced only through factual education. Take a cue from our rich history and know that women are the pride of the nation, and family. Look at the recent events like launching of the ISRO’s Mangalyaan to mars and learn. More power to our daughters. May they continue to make the world a beautiful place, and be the shining stars.
||Sarvam Sri Krishna Arpanamastu||