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My newsfeed today is full of photographs and status updates about Karva Chauth (KC), that controversial festival where women fast for the longevity of their husband. There are two types of posts: phot...
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My first brush with Karwa Chauth was through my mother. I remember her dre ing in gorgeous saris (some from her wedding trou eau), wearing lovely jewellery and keeping the fast with cheer and calm. Sh...
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Within our schools, a locus for socialisation for young people, a biased education ignores the impact that bullying, ostracisation and harassment has on boys. As a result, many boys tend to internalise emotions and act out violence in their adulthood. They are unwilling to appear "weak" or "unmanly" in front of their peers, friends or family members. What does this have to do with women? Everything.
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There is a cultural explanation for Indian women's fixation on their husbands' long lives. Whether a man lives or dies ultimately defines how his wife is socially perceived and treated! A married woman is called Sumangala -- the fortunate one, the bringer of good luck. A widow, on the other hand is called Amangala -- the unfortunate one, the bringer of bad luck. The reverse logic does not apply to men.
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As a bride, hailing from a family where women were unfamiliar with Karva Chauth, I wasn't really excited by the idea of fasting or decking up for a story session. Given that my mother-in-law, bless her soul, was cool enough to respect my choices, I decided to test Karva Chauth waters with selective participation. If anything, the idea was to test my patience and tame my appetite.
Modern Indian women's aspirations are not to shed traditional gender roles but to acquire new un-gendered roles.So while women are working and perhaps taking higher position than their husbands, they are still cooking because that remains their domain and that is their expression of love and care. And men continue to stick to their traditional roles with no sense of urgency to share household responsibilities.