It brings me immense pleasure to share that I, along with 24 other bloggers are celebrating #9daysofwomanhood throughout Navratri. I thank Khyati Gulati Tiwari for introducing me. I loved her blog http://kgtspassionatepursuits.blogspot.in on the prompt for today - 'Being a woman in India, 2017'
India in 2017 is an India of Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chanda Kochar, Vinita Bali, PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Saina Nehwal, Mary Kom, Tessy Thomas, Priyanka Chopra. Each is an influential woman in their own fields. Each breaking stereotypical moulds that define gender roles. These women are just some of the numerous women who can be a motivating factor to the average Indian woman of today.
Then there are those women who choose staying home rather than breaking the glass ceiling in the Corporate World or who choose to work from home. There are a huge number of women who are professional bloggers, who are mompreneurs, who have part – time work from home jobs as well as the biggest job of all tending to a small child and while they may not have their names plastered in the news, they are just as successful and just as motivating.
On the other side of the spectrum are those women in India who aren’t given the opportunity to even be educated and those who are victims of domestic violence but this post isn’t about them or the challenges that women in India face and trust me there are more of negatives than positives to write about.
But since the Prompt is “a positive take on the topic”, this post is about me and some of the strong independent women I know. Us being women in India in 2017 and the opportunities we have to grow and to flourish.
I am one of the fortunate ones who can say I have lived a life thus far of freedom, being allowed to make my own choices and decisions. My parents are the ones I would like to thank for this. They have taught me from a young age to be responsible, to stand up for myself, to know right from wrong and to set clear boundaries, to believe in myself and not to compare myself with others. I was never made to feel that as a girl I should only be playing with dolls. Infact I think I enjoyed playing with my Mecano tool set more than the 1 single Barbie doll I possessed. Infact although I love cooking now I only really was forced into learning it out of necessity when I left home!
Here are some of the Women role models who have helped mould me into the strong independent Indian woman I am today.
· My Teachers – I went to an all-girls school and college and all my teachers were women. Some of the brightest minds and highly qualified women and yet modest and kind. I look up to them and respect them for the education that they provided me with. Much more than just bookish knowledge were the lessons on life that they imparted. By being exposed to such strong women at a young age has helped mould me into a strong woman today.
· My College Principal – She was a mentor to me. She taught me the most valuable lesson of juggling my commitments. A favourite quote of hers was from the Poem by Robert Frost –
“The woods are lovely dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep
And miles to go before I sleep.”
College was a life changing experience for me. It changed me. I outgrew my childishness and stepped up to take on lifes challenges head – on.
· My Friends (My Galpals ) : A constant source of support, be it to bounce off silly ideas or to vent out even sillier frustrations or to just have light hearted conversations with, they have never failed to amaze me by just being there for me.
· My Grandmom : Independence is something I have learnt from this little old lady! At 88 year old she is as fit as ever and lives on her own and manages a house by herself with ZERO help!
· My Aunts : From teaching me how to string a violin to how to wrap my books to tips in the kitchen to creative story telling they have been surrogate moms to me.
· And finally My Mommy: A woman who I don’t give say thank you to as often as I should. But she’s one of the most amazing women I know. She has cooking skills which I can only dream of and bargaining and negotiation skills which no MBA class can teach you. She runs a business, runs a house, manages time for social work and still has time for me and my mundane queries on childcare and family. A person who is the epitome of the adage –“Be the change you want to be”. She has taught me to be self-reliant, financially independent, kind, brave and strong!
So these are the Influential Indian Women I present to you today - The Positive People who make India a better place to live in or at least have done so for me!
This may look like a big long thank you note (which it is essentially- I'm terrible at saying thank you in person) but I wrote it to show you what being a woman(women) in India is!
I would take the opportunity to introduce Sanjivini who blogs at https://motherhoodunpluggedweb.wordpress.com You can check out her blog 'Breaking the Glass Ceiling: being a woman in India in 2017' on the prompt for today.