Let us be Equal!

On 20th September 2014, actress Emma Watson gave an excellent speech on Feminism and Human Rights as a part of a special event for the HeForShe campaign at United Nations Headquarters. She spoke strongly of feminist issues and equality of men and woman.

Feminist issues date back to late 18th century and it is sad that feminism is still a big issue in the current world. As Emma mentions in her speech, “No country in the world can yet say they have achieved gender equality.” This is shocking, as people nowadays boasts about modernity and forward thinking and yet, women are not treated as equals.

Lot is going on regarding feminism. And most of it is irrelevant. Feminism, actually, is EQUAL rights for women as that of men. But many feminist movements revolve around women getting more rights than men, which again, is not fair. For instance, in India, you will find Women’s Only coaches reserved for women, where men are not allowed to enter. To be honest, this may not be just about feminism, it is partially because of women’s safety in public spaces.

Rather than working towards “women getting more rights (or rather, privileges)” , one should concentrate on working towards “women getting equal rights”, only then can we achieve gender equality.

Obviously, a lot has been changed from the early feminist movements. Women are respected, women are allowed to live (where female foeticide was prevalent), women are allowed to educate (where women’s education is an issue) but there are still many areas where women are still denied most of the rights.

If anything is changing, its because of those women ambassadors who work towards achieving equal rights for women, and again, NOT greater rights for women. The reason I repeat this, is because, there are still millions of people who doesn’t understand feminism in its true nature. It’s time, they understand it and work towards it.

Feminism is a very delicate issue which needs to be handled with immense care and understanding. As a women, I’m very much sensitive about feminism. I’m totally against reserving seats for women in trains, buses, etc. They are equal and they must learn to be equal.

We have come a long way fighting the stereotype against woman, and we still have a long journey yet to be covered. If we are into this together, we will and we can make this world a much better place to live in.

By writing this article, let me clarify one thing to men, I’m not against men. That is not what feminism about. Feminism is about equal rights, and that is the only thing I want.

I’m stepping up towards making this world a united, equal world. Are you?

P.S. In case you haven’t heard the speech, then please visit http://youtu.be/Q0Dg226G2Z8

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Is Being Successful Enough?

One day, I was waiting for my friend, sitting in an autorickshaw. While waiting, the driver started a conversation with me. It went like this :

Him : Which college do you study in ?

Me : Dyal Singh College, in Lodhi Road.

Him : Very good. Hope you had a good score in 12th grade.

Me : I got 90%. So yes, its good enough.

Him : 90% is an excellent score. I have two grandchildren. The eldest is a girl, she is a very bright student. The second child is a boy,.he is good in studies but he is a bit lazy.

Me : Thats okay. How old are they?

Him : The elder one is in 12th grade. He is in seventh grade.

Me : Ask them to study hard.

Him : I think they know it. They know their parents are working hard for them.

Me : I hope they become successful in their lives.

Him : How do you define successful ?

Me : I think, anybody who is happy doing their work, is successful.

Him : Does money count?

Me : No! Never. Money cannot give you happiness. Satisfaction with your work will give you happiness and it will make you more successful.

Him : That is correct. Then, I am successful too. I have been driving this auto for past 25 years. I am happy doing this work, I am satisfied. Am I not successful.

Me : Yes. You are.

By that time, my friend had arrived and the conversation ended. But it made a great impact on me.

Being an auto driver, he may not be earning a lot of money, but he is definitely happy. He is satisfied. And what he teaches his grandchildren is the same. Not to be successful, but to be happy. This is a very important lesson to be learnt.

I’m an 18 year old girl. I don’t work. But I have seen a lot adults who whine about their work. It is their chosen profession, still they are not happy. Obviously, they are not be successful. They are just earning money, not being victorious in their lives.

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” –Herman Cain

Isn’t that true?

Thank you for reading folks!

Have a happy life 🙂

The Books Which Stayed With Me!

I started reading books when I was eight. My mother made sure that I developed the habit of reading at a tender age because she believed it’s going to help me a lot when I grow up. And obviously, she was right.

When I was nominated for “The Book Bucket Challenge” , I listed the top ten books which stayed with me forever. (The Challenge was started on Facebook a few months ago, where everybody was asked to list ten books that influenced them the most.)

Ten is really small number, especially, for someone who started reading from such a small age. But these were the top ten books which influenced me a lot (in no particular order) :

1. Jane Eyre : Charlotte Bronte
2. Da Vinci Code and Inferno : Dan Brown
3. A Thousand Splendid Suns : Khaled Hossieni
4. Pride and Prejudice : Jane Austen
5. The Rozabal Line : Ashwin Sanghi
6. Harry Potter Series : JK Rowling
7. Percy Jackson Series : Rick Riordan
8. Kane and Abel : Jeffrey Archer
9. Life of Pi : Yann Martel
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower : Stephen Chbosky

Classics are the genre I started only a few months ago, but I love it. When I started reading Jane Eyre, I was bored. Initally I was engrossed in it, but in between, I was so bored, I almost gave up reading it. But determined as I was, I completed it. And when I completed it, I found myself being strongly attracted to this character. She is the greatest heroines ever created, and I believe every woman should relate to Jane Eyre at some point of their lives. And then there is Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. Jane Austen will make you fall in love with her characters. Whether it is Mr. Darcy or Edward Ferrars, Jane Austen is queen.

I’m a big fan of Thriller, mystery, suspense and likewise. Hence Dan Brown and Jeffrey Archer books need to be there on my list. As I mentioned it earlier, ten is a really small number. I would have easily included all of their books. I have read all of their books. But Inferno and Da Vinci Code and Kane and Abel of Dan Brown and Jeffrey Archer, respectively, are the best. Talking of mystery, I included Ashwin Sanghi, Indian counterpart of Dan Brown in the list. Those of you who haven’t read it, go and pick up one of his books.

FANTASY! Who doesn’t love it? I started with Harry Potter, and ended up loving it (ob-viously!). It literally changed my life. Then come Percy Jackson Series which is all Greek and Roman mythology. In fantasy, I loved The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Divergent series by Veronica Roth, and I would have included it, but again space constraint.

Now and then, I love reading books which gives you a deeper meaning of life. A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Kite Runner and And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, Life of Pi by Yann Martel and The Perks of Being a Wallflower are some of them.

Obviously the list doesn’t end here. There are others, and you can find them in my Goodreads account.  And suggestions are always welcome. I love discovering new books. So comment below your book suggestions.

Thank You for reading.

Have a good day 🙂