In last few years we heard a lot of inspiring movements in the areas related to women equality and how should we ensure their freedom, protection and empowerment in the society. Especially in India it lit up a lot of hot discussions and debates each day. We’ve seen people fighting and yelling each other in T.V news discussions. And there came a ton of memes and trolls which directly and indirectly targeted our minds and way of thinking. Recently we heard a lot from Movie industry when they opened #Metoo hashtag, it really encouraged a lot of people to realise their rights to speak up.
Okie, you all are educated and already well aware of the factors I quoted above. I don’t want to bore you guys. As usual, my new post is nothing but a humorous incident happened in my home recently.
I always try to enjoy each moments of my vacation at home as I get it very rarely. It was a Saturday evening and I was competing with my sister to finish the snacks at tea time. Suddenly my mom marched to the sit out and ordered me to get away from there. I raised my head from the snacks plate projecting question marks in both eyes. She saw it and replied – Its Saturday evening.
Yeah, I know that already. But what are you gonna do with these bundled books and a few documents in your hand? My snacks are finished, why don’t you get me some more hot Vada’s and an extra cup of coffee, mom?
What a shame, she totally ignored my question and setup a able and few chairs around it. Within 10 minutes I saw few ladies rushing into my house and gathering around the table. Forget the snacks, at least my sister brought me the coffee and explained – “hey dumbo, they are having their weekly ‘Kudumbasree’ meeting. And hear me carefully as you seems illiterate about this, it is the women empowerment and poverty eradication program, framed and enforced by the State Poverty Eradication Mission (SPEM) of the Government of Kerala. The Mission aims to eradicate absolute poverty within a definite time frame of 10 years under the leadership of Local Self Governments formed and empowered by the 73rd and 74th Amendments of the Constitution of India”. She just paused and took a sip from my coffee. I nodded my head as If I know all these already and concentrated on my snacks. I just opened WhatsApp and started chatting. Also sometime my mom and team got my attention when I heard them mentioning lot of strange topics in the agenda.
Then I heard an another order from my mom to sissy – “Get his mobile, it got good clarity cam. And start recording our next discussions.”
My snacks and coffee are rejected, now they targeted my mobile on which I am very busy with chatting. But I didn’t had the guts to offend them as they were large in number, I was all alone. So I gave up!
Sissy started recording their discussions, she told me that these video tapes will be sent to the senior officers as a proof of meeting. I just moved my snacks aside and paid full attention to their discussion. My mom was speaking about all the factors that I mentioned in the very beginning of this post, women equality and freedom. Listen to me, it’s not sarcasm; my mom was speaking very logically and acted like Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg speech. I was wondered and realised that she could speak about something this important apart from the kitchen stocks limit or other home stuffs. Then she wanted everyone else in the meeting to open their mind about what’s their position in their own home. Some of them felt shy at my presence but I just encouraged them to go on. Then I happily witnessed their freedom and what they wanted to shout aloud. A few were happy and a few seems very upset of how they are being treated and what’s their opinions price at home. I become thoughtful and made me to take decisions on how a good husband or son should be. The meeting continued for another 30 minutes and I took each word they spit out, it was sharp and hot. My sissy was recording very seriously as if she was assisting Christopher Nolan in his next movie.
In between my dad came in and shared the sofa with me. I could see him smiling and listening to the meeting. Even Snowy, my 1 year old Labrador puppy was focusing on the meeting. I glanced at her and saw her innocent face with round eyes blinking and passing onto each person as If she is agreeing with them. Her never-raise-up looks like ears were concentrated fully. Meeting got over and other members left.
Mom, dad, sissy and myself left alone in the sit out. Of course Snowy too. Mom glared at me, she was expecting that I would tease her for her last 1 hour performance. But I didn’t, it was all new for me. To be frank this is the first time I see a bunch of homemakers being confident at this rate. Mom was blushing when I told her the same. Dad approved my words with a silent smile and cameraman was busy with editing her tapes. But snowy was still listening resting her head on dad’s lap. Seeing that mom showed her humour sense bit seriously – “See how Snowy is observing. I think after watching all these she might become one activist too”. Everyone laughed and at the same time it happened.
A blacky suspicious looking cat just crossed our yard to the road. Snowy spotted her and wanted to catch it. Dad shouted at her to come back – “it’s very dark, don’t go out this time. Come back here or you are gonna get nice slaps”. Snowy heard the male chauvinist and surprisingly ignored him totally and ran after the cat.
Mom and sissy laughed uncontrollably and shouted – “look at her, she has really become a women activist 😉”.