” I am a woman and it takes guts to be one.”
Prologue: A woman’s brain is a nest of umpteen thoughts, emotions and anxieties. They always traverse through her brain which often makes her dejected. Sometimes she is reduced to a stage when she questions her own existence as a daughter, mother, wife and as a woman. They say we can never understand a woman but we can try to peep into her mind and try to unlock the hidden mysteries of her emotions, feelings and thoughts. I never wanted to be a girl, not because I was unable to fill my parents life with joy and celebrations but the society made my parents anxious about dowry on the day when i was born. I never wanted to be a girl, not because I could not be like boys but I had to stay within the boundaries of my home. I never wanted to be a girl, not because I could not study but then I was not supposed to live the life of my dreams. I never wanted to be a girl, not because I wanted to get married but to get married with the man of my choice.I never wanted to be woman, not because I couldn’t settle down but I couldn’t bear the torture of my in-laws. I never wanted to be a woman, not because I never wanted to experience motherhood but I could never tolerate the taunts of my husband when my daughter gets born. I never wanted to be a woman, not because I cannot do hard work as much as man can but because of not being paid equally. I never wanted to be a woman, not because I will die one day but because I will die each day when my kids will estrange me when I will get old. Maybe this society puts my existence at stake, questions my survival and doubts my talent yet I am strong enough to say that, ” I am a woman and it takes guts to be one.”
—— About the Author: The article has been contributed by our intern, Varsha Tripathi.