Happy Women’s Day!

To all us women out there. Honestly, I think it is time to get them men a Happy Men’s Day too. Though, with no offence to the opposite sex, my dearly beloved husband and child forming part of their ranks, wouldnt take much to give them a Happy Day. Throw in a lot of beer for the spouse and chicken lollipops for the child and we’re set.

Ironically, the Women’s Reservation Bill is still floating around in Parliament, after having been introduced in 1996. That makes it 14 years and many governments old.

In the meanwhile, we have women going on with their lives in the country. Ironically, for a country that worships the Mother Goddess, our track record towards women and the girl child is pretty dismal. The numbers of women working outside the home have increased radically. But the amount of work that a woman does at home remains the same. Ask any working woman, even if the husband does contribute to child care efforts and domestic chores, she is still the primary person responsible for both. I translate this into being the person the buck stops at, in the house. We are in charge. We make all the major decisions. Including the colour of the wall in mera wala cream, remember that inane commercial? And the batting of them eyelashes to accompany the delight at finding said shade.

I have a small wish and prayer for all us women on women’s day:

I wish all women across the world can live their lives the way they want to. Without fear, without shame, without apology, without compromise.

The day that happens will be the day we can truly celebrate women’s day.


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published eight books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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4 Responses to Happy Women’s Day!

  1. wish this comes true asap :).happy womens day

    Thank you…


  2. Orange Jammies says:

    International Men’s Day does exist. It’s on November 19th. Happy women’s day to one phenomenal woman! 🙂


  3. tajji says:

    as for your last line, I think, the day that happens.. we won’t need to celebrate a women’s day..



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