International Women Day is here again. There will be fresh debates with all kinds of emphatic words thrown in – feminism, domestic violence, women safety. But, we forget to include the biggest challenge that exists for women – the woman card.
Every day, I face situations that make me feel entrapped as a woman. However, I remind myself that no biases are solid enough. I work through challenges through collaborating with supportive people – both male and female.
But, most importantly, I break stereotypes by managing myself. I challenge biases by treating both genders as equal, not using language that discriminates against any gender and by not playing the “woman card”.
So, in every task, I put equal effort as my male counterpart (more effort on those days of month). But, I am also irked by women who try to play woman card at every opportunity – be it working on project, doing household work or complying with responsibilities of a citizen. Some women even go a step ahead- by blaming men for their wrongdoing by playing the woman card.
Real issues tend to take a backseat because of such handful women as they use false cases of harassment to get what they want. Then, even if there is the real problem of harassment, it does not get any serious consideration.
So, this Women’s day , I pray that we, women, remain the stronger ones and bring about the change we desire rather than taking the easier way out – playing the woman card.
Weekend getaways could provide for an excellent opportunity to catch up with friends. On one such Friday, we decided to explore nearby destination of Neemrana. It takes only 2 hours to reach Neemrana from Delhi, making it a convenient option for haters of long journeys.
We stayed in Neemrana Fort Palace, touted as one of the best heritage hotels in North India. After reaching at check in time of 2 PM, we straightway headed to our room of Heritage Old World. The room fails to meet our expectations as it is not well furnished and does not provide any feel of heritage.
We rested for a while before heading out to Hawa Mahal for tea. The snacks were also disappointing served with only biscuits.
Then, we wandered to see the fort. Fort is nicely built to roam around. There are a number of activities in the fort like camel ride, vintage car ride and ziplining (chargeable).
Thereafter, we went to attend cultural show from 7-8 PM, followed by dinner. There is option to have fast food or buffet. The fort looks beautiful when lit up with white bulbs. After dinner, we went to view the starry sky from the balcony of fort.
After a sound sleep, we went to have breakfast buffet. It was adequate with all the usual varieties.
As we bid adieu to the fort, we cherished friendship despite the disappointing stay at the royal fort.
What is more appropriate time to travel then – when the bells are jingling and when there is aroma of fresh beginnings in air. So, we set to explore two beautiful cities of Rajasthan, India.
Detachment from work is essential to rejuvenate your inner-self every now and then. We planned a 3 day travel to the beautiful adjoining places of Bengaluru.
It takes 5 hours of drive from Bengaluru to reach the “Scotland of India”. We booked a villa called Leisure Vacations CopperHill Villa to stay rather than a hotel. It was very well furnished with option of tasty food.
So, you do not speak much? Her strict teacher asked in a plain tone. She nodded her head, realized she has still not spoken, then quickly said “Yes”.
The teacher gave a taunting smile before handing out the checked test paper muttering “If this is the best you could do.”