Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Planning-55 Fiction

 Note:- 55 Fiction infers to fictional writings bounded to a maximum of fifty-five words.
 
Planning


Being eldest, after her father's death, Manjula took the responsibility of her mother, one brother and two sisters...

After years of rigorous attempts, Manjula finally got selected for the government teacher job...

The family is in celebrations...

Manjula has started saving money for future needs, not for her siblings education, but for her marriage dowry...



17 comments:

nikhy said...

fate!!!!....whom to question....!!!

Tavish Chadha(sensible-bakwas.com) said...

nice F55... dowry is one of the worst evils in our society but still, the importance given to routing it out from our society is low...

Mehak said...

important issue brought out...

Madhulika said...

Excellent !!!

Mahesh Kalaal said...

@ Nikhy...
I question the hypocritic structured and biased societal norms ...

@ Tavish...
We have technical education but not enough social education .
Thanks :)

@ Mehak...
Dowry has become more important than the life of the girl...

@ Madhilika..
Thanks for the appreciation buddy :)

geeta said...

I too wonder why there is a kind of unseen pressure which forces a girl to live according to the society and not according to her own wish..
My question is..
Why can't she think about fulfilling her own dreams ?
Why can't she think about her own family?
If at all we leave the thought of dowry for 1 sec then also after getting married why can't she give equal importance to both the families?(Leave apart the financial support ,she is biased to give more emotional support to the boy's family)..
I think she herself has to put her foot down and take a stand against this injustice...She should not expect that somebody will come forward and speak in favour of her..

I hope my comment is not absurd and is related to your post...

Mahesh Kalaal said...

@ Geeta....
Your feedback is the most relevant , valid, meaningful, rational, convincing, and intriguing one...
It did present my unsaid intentions behind this post....
Thanks a lot for elucidating the issue in different perspectives ....
I do agree with whatever you have said , particularly the emotional aspect of a girl towards her family...

We do need radical changes in societal mindset and a shift from patriarchal norms weaved with gender equality and individual respect is need of the hour.....
Rather than to be at mercy of legal sanctions, as u said, a girl has to fight for her natural and obvious rights

Thanks a bunch for your impacting response :)
Keep expressing :)

Roshmi Sinha said...

It is very difficult to get rid of evils... in the name of faith/culture/tradition(s). And that has been our bane.

Have you noticed how are history is written by foreigners... and the thrust seem to be on the Colonial rule/Mughals/Portuguese/Afghans... et al??

Shilpa Garg said...

Ah! Another evil of our society! The worst is that for many, even that (the dowry) does not guarantees a happy life afterwards...

nikhy said...

hypocritic structured and biased societal norms........!!! very very big words....do they have life???

They are just lifeless...senseless...words...

seeing the above discussion..let me be clear....

when there is no party other side to answer the question...the affecting party..we the girls should find the solution...

according to me...which can be...girls who got soooo many assests(education..jobs..financial independence) these days should eradicate the lifeless custom...when you can't find some one to lead....just lead your self

stick to your own words...atleast "I'll give equal emotional support(which is with you...)to my party"...though I was stopped giving equal financial support....

Just start with one(emotional support) thing..it may take some time but the other one and finally everything follows

In the same way...I can't say all...but atleast folks who read this blog stop the custom and initiate with some practice to eradicate it...soon we can see not best but a better society

Mahesh Kalaal said...
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Mahesh Kalaal said...

@ Nikhy....

Hey buddy....Thanks for the initiation and the response.... :)
I do agree with whatever u have explained in your both comments.... In fact you have untied the knots very clearly to bring out the much needed possible actions and outcomes...
Let me clear my intentions buddy.....
I am opposing the concept of dowry through the Manjula character where she has the tough choice between her family and marriage. I am nowhere in favour of dowry nor i am criticizing Manjula for her approach. My questioning was on the patriarchal system which makes and defines rules of conduct for women in both emotional and financial aspects of her life, unlike for her male counterparts .... Finally, i want to support all those girls who want to take steps against such social evil

Coming to the sentence.........,
"They are just lifeless...senseless.....words"

I did not understand what you meant by lifeless words ....May i know your intention behind which words constitute life and which don't...

Coming to "Senseless..."...... quite a heavy stamp....

When i am clearly criticizing the system for biased treatment of girls and evil practices thrust upon them, i don't know why did you feel senseless.... I said
1. hypocritical--> I am talking about all the parents who have apprehensions about dowry for their daughters marriage but who prefer to be at horizons when asking dowry for their son.
2. structured--> The dowry system which has the specific financial transaction depending upon the boy's social and financial status.
3. biased --> I mean partiality/prejudice against girls
4. societal norms --> Many .... like....Man leads, woman follows.........Man grabbing the larger share than he deserves

So, i questioned all these entities.... :)
Hope i did clarify my views behind those lifeless words...

Please feel free to further express your opinion in this regard...... :)
As of now, i guess we are on the same tracks :)

Nethra said...

Dowry is a curse. Sad that it still exist. :(

nikhy said...

"I am opposing the concept of dowry through the Manjula character where she has the tough choice between her family and marriage...."

Well you doubt are we in the same track or not...Okay...I assure you, we are on same track of opposing the evil custom..here you are opposing (I feel it as "you are questioning")....

I congratulate you for intiating this discussion(thought) with your character manjula...

you clarified me saying that..."My questioning was on the patriarchal system"...I treated this patriarchal system as lifeless or senseless(feel less..it can't feel for its results) becuase it is not human...though it was created and being followed by people around us..when we pose a question..there is no one standing on its side to give an answer, to get penelised....or atleast listen to miseries created by it...

Coming to "Senseless..."...... quite a heavy stamp....."...I think I already clarified you in the above sentence...why I said senseless(I mean feelless..no life to it..not a human)...anyways I apologise for being unclear in my earlier comment....I just meant to say that those adjectives you used has no life to question...and so to expect an answer....

I haven't used those words in the context..how you took it....so that..I continued my previous comment with a resolution after that comment, which I felt can be possible...implementable

Concluding with same thing again... when we've no one to lead us.. or when there is no one whom we can question??...let us speak about possible resolutions,,rather than continously questioning and forgetting the issue....Which I felt like sharing here....

Yemiledu said...

Hey nice one..

Mahesh Kalaal said...

@ Yemiledu,
Thanks buddy....hope you will be back once you are done wid ur exams

Mahesh Kalaal said...

@ Nikhy...
Hey buddy...thanks for the clarification...though i have certain apprehensions of the issue in sociological and anthropological perspective which is quite academic to discuss here

Even i wanted the same from my readers.... opinions backed with actions..... loud actions indeed.

I guess you know that we work through 'Hope' Foundation.
I wanted to question by which the readers can come to their own opinions and conclusions, like you.
Rather than being prescriptive, i prefer to be descriptive so that the real intention of the reader can come out which can make difference to the cause if possible,

anyway, i do appreciate for your stand on the issue....
keep giving your opinions and feedback...
Wisdomism welcomes every constructive response which can improve its outlook.
Thanks again buddy :)
Keep dropping by and i wish more visits from you....

cheers,
mahesh kalaal :)