Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Who is a woman, you ask?

-A Salute and a Tribute to the Women of yesterday, today and tomorrow-

A woman. 
Who is she, you ask? 

She tirelessly works outside in the sun
Weeping silent tears of sweat
Typing endlessly at work
Hiding those pulling nerves
Changing diapers, filling bottles
Camouflaging every bleeding wound
Standing up to those goons who attacked little brother
And managing funds of the family
Rocking the baby gently on her lap
Making all ends meet

Yet, a woman
Who is she, you ask?

He pinched her and beat her
Yet she remained strong
He would come home drunk and throw his weight around
She picks up the dirty clothes and washes away the stains

Yet, a woman
Who is she, you ask?

She was abused in the buses
And denied equal wages
Truth be told, she never had a voice
She was caged in a melancholic room
Where things were not as they seemed
No one to trust, everyone was eager
To eat a piece of her and devour one by one
She withstood all of this
Years came by and passed along

And yet, a woman
Who is she, you ask?

But now she will be
Strong and powerful
Fearless and faithful 
Achieving and daring
She'll overcome those hurdles
And throw away inhibitions
Putting herself first, she will be a star
Karate and Self Defense
Pepper Spray and Kicks
She'll show you what she's really made of

And then
A woman, Who is she you ask?
You know the answer now

She is a woman. 
A woman of substance. 

A woman, the epitome of strength and power is harassed and troubled by the society and always has been. She has been treated like a second class citizen, like she doesn't belong. Men would behave as if they owned her, and others toyed around with her. And yet, will all these laws, she still goes through a daily fight and struggle to achieve freedom, a sense of independence is all she longs for. Why can't she walk around in the streets at night fearlessly? Why can't she travel in a bus without being pinched? Why?


It pains me to read the crimes committed against woman every day in the paper. A woman raped goes to file a case and the police rapes her? What does that mean? A woman domestically abused can't shout for help? Women forced into prostitution because there are plenty men there waiting to goble her up? A woman picked up from the streets, not out of pity, but out of hunger for sex?

Isn't this unforgivable?


So many people out there get raped every minute, so many people get burnt, and that is not the least of our worries. Babies are being killed, only because they are girls and acid is being thrown on woman only because they refuse to get into a relationship with someone. Is this even fair? I think all said and done, a woman has not been empowered even today. She can't say she's free. Because she truly isn't.

If it was in my hands, I'd definitely want men to see what women go through. To literally breathe and live like a woman for one day and I'm sure they wouldn't be able to take it. The amount she struggles, all the problems she goes through and the pains she overcomes is something that no one but a woman can go through.


I really wish that soon there will be a day when we can walk about without a speck of care about that man who's having dirty thoughts about us. Without worrying who's planning to pinch our butt in the bus. When a woman does not have to be the only one trying to make both ends meet. When she doesn't have to take all the burden on her shoulder. Let the man be pregnant once too, and understand what it is to go through and why he should use a condom next time, because abortion is not easy. Let the world see what it is to be a woman. Because if they really knew, they wouldn't be the same. They'd respect her and treat her differently.

So the next time your girlfriend says her stomach hurts and she can't talk, dont get angry, but tell her to sleep and take rest. The next time your wife has a headache after a long day of work, give her a massage. The next time your mother complains of fever, cook food for her. The next time you see a woman in the bus, respect her, don't touch her in the wrong places. The next time your friend says she was harassed, believe her and help her with it. Because you never know what she's going through.

Be a woman for a day, that's all it takes.

And all we can do, is wish for such a day, because whether it truly will happen or not is a mystery.

A salute to every woman out there. Respect to you because you are a woman, and you know what it is. 


Stand up for yourself and give a clap, you've been brave.

Love and power,

Submitted for the Contest by IndiBlogger and Stayfree India. 
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All IMAGES source: weheartit.com
None of the above images are mine. Thanks to all those images for giving depth and meaning to this post.


  1. Wow, very powerful post. It's tragic to see what's happening to women out there. We're being used as a sex symbol now- people in corps. take us less seriously- there are a few of us in the higher ranks to begin with.

    When a female prime minister goes on tv, media stipulates about her outfit.

    When a male prime minister goes on tv, the media highlights his wise points.

    We live in an unfair world.

  2. Excellently written. This post touched my soul.

  3. Sonshu,

    Hope and pray that day comes soon when women are treated with respect. Well composed poem and well written.

    Take care

  4. Sonshu darling, you are a great writer :)
    Loved loved loved the poem! :)
    Good luck with the contest.
    and Hey! I love your blog header! :)

  5. This is one of your best posts....
    The poem made me feel sooo important and amazing!!!
    You should write more poems!!
    and yes though we have stepped into a modern world, the mindset of people regarding women havent changed!

  6. Excellent write up. Loved the poem nd whatever you wrote was truth...It is sad to see and hear all this..good luck

  7. Hi i am kavin, its my first occasion to commenting anywhere, when i read this post i thought i could also make comment due to this sensible piece of writing.

  8. @The Writer: Ah yes, You said it just right. Thank you :)

  9. @Confused soul: Thankyouuuu :)

  10. @Jack: Thank you so much uncle. Truly waiting for such a day.

  11. @Isha: Thanks sooooo much :) for everything.

  12. @RedHanded: yes completely agree. And yaaay im touched. thankyou.

  13. @TSW: Ah! thanks so much. nice to see you on my blog :)

  14. @Kevin: Aaww thats so sweet. Thanks :)

  15. This is so sad that even at this age and time, sometimes women live like the second class citizens in almost every country! Thanks for writi
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