Tuesday, May 24, 2011
According to Oxford dictionary, the word menstruate means "to lose blood once a month from the part of the body where a baby would develop (that is the womb)". Also called periods informally, this is such an activity, which is later responsible for giving birth to a baby. A girl is considered to be grown up once she has menstruation every month.
Even if, the world has developed so much, periods and sanitary napkins are subjects that are not exposed as serious topics of discussion. Just like the name of anti-hero of Harry Potter that should not be spelt and is addressed as 'You-Know-Who', females have to find alternate names for this process.
A lady during her monthly menstruation is considered as impure by many communities and is forbidden to enter places of worship. There are many sections that make her to sit inside a room for three days restricting all her freedoms. These cruel imprisonments happen even now.
Actually, is a lady with her monthly periods, an impure one? Long back,it was a rule created in favor of ladies to allow them to take rest for three days. But now these are burdens and are high time to throw of these old rules for woman to get empowered in all areas.
For the ladies to move up, they are the ones who should get rid of all these shyness. It is a biological process and so it has to be seen just like other activities of human body. After all, woman is never weak because she can bleed for a week in every month and still remain healthy!!!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
“Bandangal swarnam poleyanu…Ethrayadhikamundo athrayum santhosham” (Relations and gold are alike. The more you have, the happier you are) – The famous South Indian star Vijay says in the advertisement of a well known jeweler of Kerala. For Akshayathrithiya, 1000 kilo gold was bought by Keralites. It is believed that on this ‘auspicious occasion’ when you buy gold, you will be blessed with all the prosperities of life. All the jewel shops have come up with special collections and offers to boost up their business for this occasion. The ads of this time stresses on the importance of Akshayathrithiya and the necessity of buying gold.
Even an average middle class Keralite thinks his/her daughter should wear at least 100 soverign gold on her marriage day. Females who don’t wear gold are forced to wear it at least in the form of thali or mangalyasutra. This chain is worn by most of the ladies as they are made to believe it is on that chain the welfare of their entire family depends on. As ladies fail to get rid of the emotional approach, they start wearing ornaments of gold.
The picture shown above is a bride in Thrissur. She is wearing 1500 soverign. The matter of gold may not be a concern for rich ones. For the families with less income, the yellow metal is a scary thing to think off. Gold is not a metal that can always bring smile on every one’s face as you see in ads. The yellow metal also has a devil face. The sufferings of parents for buying some gold for their daughter, the tears of the females who are tortured in their husband’s house in the name of the quantity of gold they own… Stories go on like that. Still no one is ready to come forward against this social evil. Not many large hearted men exist in Kerala who can accept a lady without gold.
Revolutions are taking place everywhere; but not in the case of gold. And as there are no movements to make people aware, we still believe “pennayal ponnu venam” (if you are a lady, you must wear gold) !
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
After a long walk,
After a long walk,
I found a shelter!
A habitat for me to live
A house for me to survive...
Warm and cozy,
Lovely and lively...
Days are wonderful,
Nights are dreamy...
I feel comfort inside,
I'd sense safety...
Walls guards me from sun,
Roof protects me from rain!
I went to get temporary relief,
It gave me permanent cure...
I call it my own home,
It never called me its homemaker!
I know its not mine,
I've to walk out one day!
Still I'd stay nowhere else,
Until it pushes me out!!!