Naari (the woman)

“You are her (sarah’s) daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.”

1 Peter 3:6

This women’s day is not so much about celebrating the women for me but to remind young girls of the potential they hold. As a mother of a daughter, I want to be a good role model. I want her to know that a woman can be soft, and gentle yet can be strong. Being strong doesnot mean becoming manly but to embrace our own strengths. Even in the animal kingdom a mother with kids is an easy mark but we know she can be the most ferocious beast as well. Our vulnerability can become our strength if we remain aware of it. The creative and nurturing spirit that God has breathed in us is our elixir.

Sometimes it’s the women who stop other women from being strong. In India daughters are discouraged by their own mothers to pursue education and forced to settle down in domestic roles. Here is my sketch for the day  and a short poem:

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Roughly translated it means:

Not only good looks give me good qualities,

Give me a calm and strong mind.

My heart tells me this

a dream lives in you too.

You gave me your manners and talents

Why did you not give me the freedom too?

Give me my right today mother!

Say “be victorious” and bless me.

Become the wings of my dreams,

and come fly with me.

Let me fulfill my dreams mother!

then I will be called your daughter.

Happy Women’s Day to you all.

Phir Milenge!!

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No woman no cry!!

I am a little late in posting  this but lately I have been busy running after my daughter who is  just learning to walk that I have been late on many things.

Greetings to all the ladies out there on International Women’s Day!!

It maybe easy to ignore the plight of women in the third world while living in the comforts of my home in Canada.

I understand there  is a lot of injustice against women in all parts of the world but here in the western world there are social agencies in places which can help some if not all of the women in distress. In developing nations such help is hard to come by. Many NGO’s and missions are working hard to improve the lives of women in countries in South Asia like India , Pakistan and Bangladesh. The conditions are tough but they continue their good work and my hat’s off to them.

In the vein of getting late, I didn’t notice until yesterday that one documentary had made it to the Oscar Honor roll. It is a short documentary which follows women in Pakistan who are victims of Acid violence. This documentary is co-directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and is called Saving Face [HBO]. It seems fitting that a woman would raise such a sensitive issue and she’d be appreciated for it.

Women can be extremely vulnerable in places like these and often become easy targets for violence and abuse and it is an extremely sad situation.

What could women like us do to improve the situation? We the fortunate ones , who got a good life, good education and good health. We have financial freedom and opportunities. Even if we can’t help them physically, we can give our support. we can live our lives as an example to try and honor other women by our hard work, dignity and sincerity.

these words from the scriptures come to mind-  ” Instead, it(your beauty) should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth………You are her (Sarah’s) daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.”

I truly do appreciate all the women in my life, my mother , mother-in-law, aunts, mentors and friends who have loved me and inspired me.

Phir Milenge!!