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Are we worth it?

Bhavya traversed down the memory lane as the classic patriotic numbers played out one after the other in her locality. The reminiscences of her humming these songs along with her friends in their school bus brought the rare authentic curve on her lips. She recollected how she used to wait ardently to gorge on the delectable laddoos offered by her school on the occasion of Independence Day post the flag hoisting event. Her heart yearned for those idyllic days.  Lost in her own thoughts of her erstwhile life, she was blissfully unaware that her next client for the day had stepped into the room and was calling out for her. Her reverie was broken by the blaring honking of a vehicle in close vicinity and she realized that the musical extravaganza had concluded as well. On a reflex, she turned around and fear gripped her. Had she frittered her client’s valuable time away? Before Bhavya could apologize, she had been stripped off her garments and her façade had been put on. Bhavya had become Rosy. Rosy was aware that there was no way to escape from the besmirched, dingy brothel. She wondered if she would ever be able to breathe freedom again. The 17 year old was awaiting her Independence Day.

Raghu was an optimistic and affable soul. To the world, he was blind but he could see through the darkness he was born with and at times, could probably even observe what the people with the finest eyesight missed. He often thought that maybe, God had compensated him with this innate knack of sensing people’s emotions and mind-sets. He earned a meagre income, just enough to survive, by performing his daily job as the milk delivery boy in a particular neighbourhood. He had completed his basic education and could also type well on a computer. Those who knew him were often amazed by his independence and self-sufficiency. One day, a lady walked up to him to seek permission to cover a story about him. She clicked his pictures as he posed with a beaming smile and gave him hope when she mentioned about how the story would undeniably go viral and make him instantly famous. Though recognition was nowhere on his priority list, he presumed it would make it easier for him to get another job, a more respectable one, which could help him improve his living conditions and support his debt-ridden family. He was confident about his capabilities but unfortunately, most people did not even give him the benefit of doubt and assumed that his visual impairment would be a deterrent to his dedication and effort. So, as expected, his story did go viral but nothing altered for Raghu. A few did mention to him that they were proud to share his story as they “knew” him. Life was still the same for him – the same old routine, the same old “isolation” and the same old “pitiful stares”. At times, he speculated about the reason why no one out of the many who read his story felt that he was worthy enough. Perhaps, they were now engaged in making another story go viral.

I am not going to assume that my daughter will marry

// This article has been chosen as the Top Parenting Article for July 2016 by mycity4kids.com and won me a kindle.//

// This article has been published by Women’s Web  and is the top most read publication on the platform. It is available at below link:

http://www.womensweb.in/2016/10/how-to-handle-relationships-marriage-is-not-compulsary/

//This article has also been published on coveted platforms like Youth ki Awaaz, AkkarBakkar and Women of Courage, the links to which are below:

https://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2017/02/why-do-we-assume-marriage-to-be-a-given-in-life/

http://www.womenofcourage.in/2017/03/i-am-not-going-to-assume-that-my-daughter-will-marry/

https://www.akkarbakkar.com/unpopular-opinion/this-is-why-i-wont-talk-about-marriage-with-my-daughter-when-she-grows-up/

 

And one day she will marry and leave to build her own nest…” 

“Sorry for interrupting but how do you know she will marry? There is a probability that she may not want to. “

“Huh! Of course she will. Everyone does. She can’t be living alone all her life.” 

” Hmm. Well there are examples of people who have chosen to stay single all their life. So what’s the problem if she makes such a choice too? Who decides that everyone should marry? “

” Those people must be feeling very lonely. Everyone needs a partner in their life for company and love. “

” We are no one to decide for everyone. Happiness and love mean different things to different people. No two people can have same expectations from life in all aspects. And in any case, she is just a toddler now so why are we even discussing this? “.