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How society stereotype women ?

 


People down the ages have categorised women variously. They have been termed pests, gold-diggers and what not. We have created a wall between both genders making parity next to impossible. We have completely neglected the critical role women can play in human advancement. The society has treated her as a mere chattel. Men still keep under the wraps fearing her earning ability may rip off their masculinity. It is surprising humanity carries this baggage into the 21st century as well. 

Unfortunately, women have always been looked upon as living off men’s money. It is not only despicable but downright outrageous. She is never supposed to be mature. She is merely treated as someone having a childish mindset. Financial independence is out of the question for her. 

Women were not born with the label "WEAK AND FRAGILE"; we gave her this tag. This calls for serious introspection and reflection. 

Living in a multicultural society demands fine art of balancing the interests of both genders. What is required is a change in the mindset. The rest will take care of itself. There is a long list of do’s and don’ts for women while men go scotfree. What to wear and how to conduct oneself simply cannot be imposed. 

It is a fact that as genders we are born with certain competencies. What women are good at, not necessarily men will also be and vice versa. But it does not mean that so-called male domains are out of bounds for women. They can be fighter pilots and astronauts. They can be in combat roles in the armed forces. Who can stop them? They can be anything under the sun. Women have already registered their thumping presence in almost every sphere of human undertaking. 

Advertisements for washing powder, spices and other household items mostly go to women because they better promote them. We say we live in a globalised world touching every society but what about gender equality, equal pay raise and a lot more. A case in point is the portrayal of women in music and production houses in an illogical manner where a guy sings about a specific brand such as Gucci or Prada and a woman is shown asking him to buy her gifts and luxurious brands. Does it not amount to underestimating a woman’s buying capacity? Showing women looking for men to give them rides in their luxury cars is complete disregard of her individuality. 

The world is in dire need of a protocol to bring about actual gender parity. What do you think? 



-------TANMEET KAUR

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Illusive world may be a reality post corona


The raging corona pandemic has given us lessons for a lifetime. People have begun to hallucinate about a fantasy world after the virus has finally disappeared. I have been mulling over the idea for quite some time now. I have thought about a world full of wonders if this fantasy become a reality. There will be no disparity, inequality and discrimination. The parochial mindset will be a thing of the past. There will be no divisions in the name of colour, creed, gender and religion. 

In my scheme of things, an organisation named One Planet will come into existence. The denizens of the world will be allotted a name each (no second name). Two persons having identical names will be given a number each. The idea of nation-state which has wreaked havoc for centuries untold will be done away with. Instead, it will be One World, One Government (as propounded by Bertrand Russell). There will be no absolute power. There will be no borders, no coercive army to grab territories. There will be free movement across continents. Animal rights will be respected. There will be no divide between the rich and the poor. The wealth will be distributed equally. There will be no political dispensation. The World Government will comprise Agents of Change, not ministers with their selfish agendas. There will be sensitivity all around. The idea of violence or intent to hurt will be conspicuous by its absence. The right to live with dignity will be the buzzword. The resources will be freely available to all. Honest labour will be rewarded. People will be paid based on the amount of work they do. The scamsters and swindlers will have no say. Everything will function as per the rule book. Every activity will be digitally monitored. Any wrong-doing will be detected in nano seconds and the guilty punished. Exemplary punishment will act as a deterrent. The humanity will realise the importance of virtues. Love, respect, cooperation and coordination will be in vogue. Man will understand the significance of hierarchy. Man will revert back to Nature. Corona will have taught humans to respect ecology. People will live in harmony and with fellow feeling.     


The idea may look far-fetched but who knows an assembly of enlightened and sensitive beings is waiting to start a new world order. What do you think?




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Mom’s ringing lesson

 


Mom: (in a sweet voice) Honey, can you pick up your clothes from the bed? It’s been 3 hours since I told you.
Me: (lazily) Yeah mom, just give me 10 minutes. I’ll clean up the mess. 
Me: (after an hour) Where are my clothes?

Mom: (whispering behind the door) I threw them away in the dustbin.
Me: (taking out clothes from the dustbin) Oh, gosh! They are all dirty and stink. What do I do
now? Do I have to wash them on my own?
Mom: Congratulations!
Me: (surprised) What do you mean?
Mom: You have successfully taken out your clothes from the dustbin. Now go and wash them.
Me: Noooooo, this is terrible. How is it possible for me who has never cared to look at a washing
machine in my life?
Mom: Honey, can you please look after this tub until it fills as I am going out for a walk.
Me: Yeah, sure mom, why not?
Mom returns while I have already watched Netflix for two hours back to back.
Mom: Hey, I am back. Hope you did your job?
Me: (whispering) Oh God! What, hell!
The tub was already overflowing, with water entering the room wetting carpets and clothes lying
on the floor.
Mom: (yelling) You are good for nothing. Won’t give any work ever?
Me: (feeling happy) What a great job I did doing nothing! Now I won’t have to do household
chores anymore. Good riddance!
Mom: It was a test to know how responsible you are. From now on, you will look after
everything right from buying groceries to paying bills.
Me: (happiness reduced to ashes) I am pushed to the….

                                                                                                                     ------Tanmeet Kaur 
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Growing Fashion Among Youth


Fashion has created a booming competition among today's youth. It is changing over time rapidly and highly recognised. It is a rage with the youth. Elegance and decent attitude is preferred in the society, especially by adults working in multinational companies. Cool, funky clothes with vibrant colours, messy designing are embroidered with heavy coat of design and shiny material. Fashion came into the mainstream somewhere in the 20th century when ladies started wearing long skirts and printed tops with bob cut. On the other hand, men were wearing high hats, long jackets down to the knees, walking stick as an accessory and boots.

At the same time, fashion touched another dimension with the hairstyle in vogue, applying heavy
make-up, matching footwear and accessories such as heavy gold coloured watches, shades,
funky belts, holding up cigarettes, heavy chains and what not.

Teenagers are more self-cautious for their appearance in public. It is a race going among peers to
look prettier. People spend loads of money buying trendy clothes and beauty products ending up
in empty pockets. The way you dress up in public shows your attitude and level of conduct. It is
said that your outfit and dressing style is enough for people to judge you. Style is a way to say
who you are without actually speaking about it. For instance, when a student graduating from
his school, college or university wants to sway people by his dainty look. He aims to dress more
elegantly and aesthetically on his graduation choosing decent clothes. So, here picking up clothes
appropriate to the occasion becomes fashion. Thus, it is clearly seen that anything you style
differently and admired by people and society exceptionally becomes fashion. People being
realistic in clothing often suits them most instead of wearing which is no in sync with the
occasion.

There is no doubt that people change with growing fashion but, at least, once they must look into
their pockets before spending money lavishly. There are people who keep on buying clothes
stuffing up their cupboards with accessories, footwear, jewellery and lot more. It ends up in lack
of storage and throwing away loaded stuff. Think wisely before buying. Today's youth has top
level of fashion sense. They know very clearly what to wear and what not. Carefully picking up
clothes according to the event, not being overdressed, applying right amount of artificial beauty
products, matching up footwear rightly and what not. There is a lot more brainstorming done in
fashion shows and events where a fashion designer takes great pains in designing every single
detail of dress, colour, texture, number of pallets, folds, curves. People in India too are in the grip
of fashion fever where youth becoming mad at it are constantly changing with the current style
hardly considering the level of decency.

There is demand of fashion at every nook and corner of this world where everybody aims to look
as pretty as a picture. Spending hours in front of mirror looking at every angle of our body,
having wondrous fantasy intuition in mind is the current trend. Hair colour, matching shoes with
dress, owning precious jewels, using high beauty care products, buying cool trendy clothes are
some elements of fashion. This trending vogue is a virtuous platform for those who believe that
fashion is the key for your perfect outlook and facade.

Fashion is like a blowing air which changes with growing times and can be felt at best through
clothes. It must be possessed but not obsessed. One must keep in mind that having obsession is
not good. As said by William Shakespeare: “Those who surfeit with too much starve with AdSense2
nothing”.

                                                                                                                     ------Tanmeet Kaur 
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How COVID-19 pandemic is changing the world?

The biggest thing to rattle the world in the 21st century is COVID-19 pandemic. It struck when all seemed so fine and going. However, every century has had its fair share of pandemics. In 1918, Spanish flu claimed the lives of as many as 500 million people around the world. Black plague that lasted from 1346-1353 took a heavy toll of 100,000 lives. Swine flu was another disrupter sometime back. The world has never been the same after these pandemics engulfed humanity. The lifestyles changed dramatically and so is the case with the present calamity.

Corona Virus is a disease that is rapidly changing over time and is similar to SARS and MERS respiratory diseases. Corona is different in the sense that it uses RNA instead of DNA having spikes on its surface to invade other cells. This novel pandemic took shape in November 2019 reporting its first case at Wuhan in China and slowly spreading to the whole of Wuhan reaching up to 50 cases in December. 2020 started with a few cases but on March 11, World Health Organisation (WHO), declared it a COVID-19 a pandemic. It was in its most virulent form in March and April with cases mounting to 80,000 worldwide. It directly affects the lungs leading to severe respiratory problems. The other symptoms include dry cough, fever and fatigue. Even experts are not in a position to tell how long it will last. The normal life, however, has been adversely impacted. People lost their jobs and were plunged into abject poverty. Industries were shut down and small-scale industries adversely hit. Everything seems to be upside down socially, economically and politically. The economy of many countries has been ripped apart. Initially, people took norms of social distancing, frequent hand-washing and wearing masks seriously but have become casual with the pandemic not ending anytime soon. Stay-at-home has been a bane for them. Nobody imagined that one day we would thus be confined within the four walls of our homes. Gone are those days when we could ramble about in a carefree manner in close proximity of each other. 

There will be recession in the world market and long-term effects will be felt in many areas such as travel, tourism and hotel industry. There has been a mass exodus of workers to their hometown across India. It will affect the employers when they look for labour. The online classes have not been that effective to address the problem of loss of lessons. The future of student community hangs in balance. The clearing of doubts and conceptual clarity in the physical presence of teachers is irreplaceable. The excessive exposure to screen may affect their vision and mental health. The reduction in school fees has hit the education sector. The virus has also limited our physical activity. People are working from home without caring about their mental and physical health. How can people living in slums practise distancing? 

The top scientists have failed to develop a vaccine to fight the disease. It is a booming time for pharmaceutical industry. They are selling their products at astronomical prices. There is a mad competition among software giants to develop ever new video conferencing platforms. Online Payment Apps are doing brisk business. People have begun to prefer online deliveries and even small shops and businesses are now accepting e-payments. In a way, the rigorous attitude to accept only paper money has been broken down. This epidemic has paved the way for new beginnings. 

The direct result of staying at home has been a massive reduction in pollution. The ozone layer has begun to replenish itself. The creatures of the wild are roaming freely. The climatic conditions have improved considerably. The water is getting purified. People have suddenly realised the importance of bonding and confines of their own homes. Those who had severed all ties with their near and dear ones are texting and calling them. The lesson has been to live in peace and harmony.

The import and export business has come to a virtual standstill. America is the worst hit country with the highest number of deaths and ever increasing rate of infection. They failed to act in time and President Donald Trump announced publicly the virus would disappear one day magically. They are bearing the brunt of a lackadaisical response to the pandemic. It was already out of control before they enforced lockdown measures. Even the basic norms of protection were not taken seriously. On the other hand, China was very quick to act and impose strict restrictions. South Korea was another success story. Prime Minister Modi of India led from the front and enforced lockdown measures to the betterment of all citizens. 

Corona virus has left us all devastated but also given lessons for a lifetime. It is up to us how we look at it and implement them in our lives.

   ------Tanmeet Kaur 
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