Saturday, 8 March 2014

Haha.. Let's joke on women today as well !!

It is almost evening as I type this. I wrote about an inspirational woman here during the Write Tribe Festival and hence, my mind was still searching for clues to write upon for today’s theme. It is a weekend and my cheery mode was on activation, especially with all the wonderful messages I received and posts that I read for today. And then, I received the following message in one of my Whatsapp groups:

HAPPY MEN'S DAY!!! For the first time something on a MAN. Do read it...Who is a MAN?
A man is the most beautiful part of God's creation who starts compromising at a very tender age. He sacrifices his chocolates for his sister. He sacrifices his dreams for just a smile on his parents face. He spends his entire pocket money on buying gifts for the lady he loves just to see her smiling. He sacrifices his full youth for his wife & children by working late at night without any complain. He builds their future by taking loans from banks & repaying them for lifetime. He struggles a lot & still has to bear scolding from his mother, wife & boss. His life finally ends up only by compromising for others' happiness.

BECHARA MARD...!?
Agar aurat par hath uthaye to besharam, aurat se maar khae to buzdil,
Aurat ko kisi ke saat dekh ker ladai kare to jealous, chup rahe to darpok,
Ghar se bahar rahe to aawara, ghar me rahe to naakara,
Bachhon ko daante to zaalim, na daante to laparwah,
Aurat ko naukari karane se roke to shak karne wala, aurat ko naukari karane se na rokey to biwi ki kamai khane wala,
Maa ki maane to chamcha, biwi ki sune to joru ka gulam..
Na Jane Kab Aayega.. "HAPPY MEN'S DAY” Respect every male in your life. You will never know what he has sacrificed for you. Worth sending to every man to make him smile & every woman to make her realize his worth!! HAPPY MEN'S DAY JO OFFICIALLY KABI  NAHI AAYEGA..

Had it been any other day, I would have laughed it off adding some tongue showing emoticons in the response. May be I would have taken this with a pinch of salt and started a friendly Men vs. Women argument. May be I would not have even responded.

But not today. Today, something irked me with the above message. I know the above message was not against women per se. But today, when the world is celebrating the women in their life, there was one man who thought of sending the above message.

I could have put up an equally strong and long message about the sacrifices women make but I am sure it would have hurt my fingers typing such a huge list. And an equally acerbic response to the way women are labeled and judged on whatever they do. But no Sir. I did not do any such thing to avoid much hurt to my delicate fingers who I thought should better be used for typing some wonderful posts. And I just responded by saying that there is a special day dedicated for men which is celebrated on 19th November every year and that the above message was distasteful for today’s day.  

I was replied with a message that wasn’t it distasteful of me to think that we should be celebrating womanhood only on a single day rather than everyday?

Oh, what a wonderful thought it was!! So my response to this wonderful thought was something that I read today from one of the fellow bloggers - that we live every single day of our life, then why do we celebrate our birthday only once a year? If there is a particular day dedicated to celebrating womanhood, why can’t we just revel in it?  

And also the fact, that I celebrate the woman in me and wonderful women around me, every single day. It’s just that today, along with ourselves, we give the men around a chance to celebrate us.

I don’t know why any joke on women today irked me. I even sent a disclaimer warning to a dear friend saying that dare he irk me more today with jokes on women, the HALO on my head would not take time to get converted into some deadly HORNS ;)

It’s not that I have not read such jokes on women before. Trust me, there are ample of them and some are pretty creative too. I have laughed them off as well. May be, I have even sent a few around myself. But, I really don’t know why could I not take a joke on women today? I am not anti-men or something but today I just couldn’t take a joke on me. Is it because I thought that why can’t there be even a single day when women are not mocked about or something else, I really don’t know.  

I don’t even know if this post makes any sense on today’s occasion. Hope you had a better celebration of Women’s Day. To all the lovely ladies out there, a Happy Women’s Day to you.



This post is written for the Write Tribe Festival of Words – Day 7. And the theme was WOMEN.



34 comments:

  1. Interesting interactions. You are right! Why not revel in it? :)

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  2. Deep thoughts. Ya its sad women r not allowed to revel for even a single day. Newez...u dnt worry...calm down... Let ur hair down...n hv a great Women's Day for d remaining hours! :-)

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    1. Exactly, Amrita.. what was the requirement of sending that message on a Women's Day..?? Yeah, I got really furious with that message.. But it got better with time :):)

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  3. And yes, we should celebrate everyday! Happy IWD

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    1. Totally, we should Michelle.. :) Belated IWD to you too..

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  4. Distasteful message!! I personally feel it's pointless that on one single day, men "celebrate" women, but treat them like shit (different degrees of shit, but shit nevertheless) on other days. And forget men's day or women's day, if there was something like "Gender Equality Day" or "Gender Equality Century", that would be worth something!
    When we both rule the world, we should declare something like that ;)

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    1. Distasteful.. exactly..!! Shant gadadhaari bheem shant.. Meri teenage rebellion queen :P

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  5. good one.. Happy Women's Day.. :)

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    1. Thanks Meera.. Happy Women's Day to you too..:)

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  6. I hope this post reaches to the man who sent out that cheeky message. So good that you converted that into something like this! Happy IWD!

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    1. I hope so too Aditi ! Happy IWD to you too :)

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  7. Your post stands apart as it has different shades ....thanks for this refreshing post ....Happy Women's Day!

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    1. Oh, thank you so much Sheela.. I thought it wouldnt be even making any sense on IWD..Happy IWD to you too :) Hope you had a good one !!

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  8. Nicely written post-Surely different from most articles that would be written on the occasion,Best wishes

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  9. Totally interesting and different...HaPpy WoMEn's DAy !

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    1. Thanks Ananya.. Happy Women's Day to you too :)

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  10. Got the same message, i agree to you on some parts and disagree too. I wouldn't take it as a joke on women,no. But seriously, why no "Men's day". We say about equality of genders and then sometimes act in a way that hampers the very motive of equality. I might be taking it in a different way. Having said this, i would really like you to read this:

    http://the-cheesy-engineer.blogspot.in/2013/09/the-dilemma.html

    and share yours views. :)

    belated, Happy IWD :)

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    1. Hi Aditya..I already mentioned in my post that the message sent to me was not against women per se.. I also mentioned in my post that there is Men's Day which is celebrated on November 19 every year.. I am not preaching here about equality or something ..my post didnt mention anything related to equality.. I was just disgusted with the 'Happy Men's Day' message being sent on 'Women's Day'.. !! Shall read your post soon !! Thank you :)

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  11. Okay so jokes on women of course get very weird. But then I have started to take them in my stride. And a happy women's day to you too!!

    Richa

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    1. Yeah, I take them in my stride too.. But even on women's day.. :( Anyways, hope you had a great day Richa :)

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  12. You always have one in the bunch that has to have his two cents. Still he is right about men on the most part. Just not sure it was appropriate to get all loud about it on a post that was celebrating women.

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    1. Yes, there will always be people like that.. And yes, it was a wrong day to irk a woman :P

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  13. Beautifully written, Jyotsna. Can't agree more :)

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  14. Cool down cool down :) I can understand that sometimes for some reason we do get irked by things which otherwise we would have laughed off... :)

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    1. Hehe.. I am better now Rajlakshmi :) Yes, the timing was absolutely wrong.. ;)

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  15. AMEN TO EACH AND EVERY WORD!!
    Give us a happy women's LIFE!

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    1. Oh yeah !!! Give us a happy women's LIFE :):)

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  16. That's an interesting perspective and chill, Jyotsna, women contribution and sacrifice are played down. One question for both men and women: Why do we need to sacrifice so much? What about the individuality? I know, this letter was the product of some brainless person..I mean no offense, especially the choco part and loan..ya it's MCP attitude...as far as loan and youthfulness concerned, both men and women sacrifice their lives..I often wonder why home makers are paid..

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    1. Thanks Vishal for the 'interesting perspective'. And some really valid points made here.. I mean, yes, both men and women sacrifice (if you can call it a sacrifice) their lives for building a future together.. wonder when would we overcome the gender bias in the country?? I think you meant, why homemakers arent paid.. And I so absolutely agree to you.. Homemakers are one of the most undervalued people when their contribution is actually very very high.. Lets hope for better times ahead :)

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  17. Loved the line- the HALO on my head would not take time to get converted into some deadly HORNS :P

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