Woman at Work

“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” Malala Yousafzai The week starts off with a list robust Of things to do- she gets cracking, but first An adequate dose of caffeine she needs To get her galvanized into action indeed The list is long, but in her view It is exciting […]

Woman and Society

Ah, you fickle society With your norms arbitrary Established by those in authority- When will you learn to deal with me? ** If I did possess, proudly Alluring, exquisite beauty If I were willing to sacrifice My intellect, often perceived as a vice You would know where to place Someone like me, just a pretty […]

Venus and Mars at workplace

We live in a modern society, we think we have made strides In the realm of gender equality, bridged gaps wide Women are liberated, work in every sphere Yet discrimination at workplace remains a valid fear For women from all walks of life- sometimes disguised In condescending tones, full of patronizing advice- At other times […]

Vertically challenged

There have been many times I have lamented My height, or lack thereof, the idea firmly cemented In my mind that the world respects stature in every way A towering presence can make heads sway The world is designed for people much taller than me Thus I suffer in “high” chairs, my legs dangling aimlessly I […]

The Weight of Expectations

Fed on a steady diet of regulations and norms Presented in every manner and form From what to say, how to, to whom, and when From how to be seen and not heard as a woman Sartorial choices, type and level of adornment, Narrowly defined, giving way to resentment- Navigating the narrow alleys of behavior […]

On Women’s Day

Worldwide we celebrate the day today As International Women’s Day,  Calling to attention the valuable contribution Of women to our society and organizations It is supposed to be a day to applaud women All over the world, in a world dominated by men I personally find this celebration offensive Somewhat, let me explain without being too […]

The Somnambulist

Night after night she rose from her bed Voices clamoring for attention in her head Propelling her forward, one foot in front of other In a measured cadence, nothing could bother Her as she somnambulated out of the door Her steps always halting once she reached the shore Turning back once touched by the waves of the […]

Women in charge

Through sheer hard work and industry She climbed the organizational ladder steadily As she reached the top echelons she had a vision Of a smoothly running ship, the picture of perfection She had high standards to which she conformed Difficult to achieve, they made people squirm She could not withstand distress of other employees She thought […]

How she gained freedom

“If society fits you comfortably enough, you call it freedom.”- Robert Frost On the occasion of Indian Independence Day (August 15th), here is a version of freedom for a typical Indian woman. In a staunchly patriarchal society Her actions were always governed by propriety She had freedom to choose- or so she was explained As long […]

When she owned the moment

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” – Maya Angelou In a society sharply polarized A distinct bias she always recognized A woman of color, pretty and petite It would have been a considerable feat To […]

Woman

Throw thorns her way You won’t see her weep Hurt her day after day Silence she will keep She will not display Her abject discontent Impassive she will stay You will not hear her lament Stoicism she has learnt Over the merciless years She has been burnt By her helpless tears * She waits, in vain […]

Tribute to a woman

Dedicated to all the strong, beautiful, vivacious and mysterious women out there!The photograph above depicts the Pieta (The Pietà (Italian pronunciation: [pjeˈta]) is a subject in Christian art depicting the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus, most often found in sculpture.- Wikipedia) at St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City Chain me Will happen never Restrain me […]