Sunday, April 05, 2015


Gender studies class, Mrs. Lahiri was telling the class about the state of women in our country in the pre-independence era. Their lives were confined within the boundaries of the house, dictated by the male members of the family. Married off at a young age, they were denied education and expected to remain in purdah. 

She was lost in thoughts. Life must have been difficult for these women. To have remained subjugated for long years, they would have lost their voice. Loss of voice is equivalent to loss of identity. Without identity, there is no existence. 

The enormity of their loss, large disparity overwhelmed her. Her thoughts were disturbed, and questions filled her mind. How did they survive? Did any one even try reasoning out? 

Answering her question, Mrs. Lahiri's quoted Maya Angelou, "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, then change your attitude."

Everyone changes, it is just a matter of time.


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