Woman’s Day Eh?

It’s Woman’s Day You Say?


It’s Woman’s Day you say?

But I have utensils to wash and stack away.

Work to do,

No time to feel the dew.

What am I supposed to celebrate?

I am not going on a date!

I am told, Woman’s Day is to rejoice

But, poor deprived little girls have no toys,

Tender soft childish palms

Are not playing, they are asking for alms.

Every year this day comes and goes.

Nothing changes. There are friends and there are foes.

Women succeed where men fail.

Like always, the woman’s ship has set sail.

Yet, the woman today is tired proving she is good enough.

Oh! To forsake her femininity to show that she is tough.

At what cost must she do this compromise?

Just to feel contented and appear wise?

This day, for me is going to be the same.

In fact, I shall only hang my head in shame.

As I watch my countrymen trying hard to deprive

Today’s woman as she works hard to strive.

Let’s throw those rotten apples away

Before they spoil the others and a happy day.

Let’s not bow down before fear.

Let’s celebrate womanhood with our near and dear.

A toast to all women on Woman’s Day.

Nothing is impossible today.

At the fag end of every day

I shall still wash the dishes and say,

“Happy Woman’s Day!”

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4 thoughts on “Woman’s Day Eh?

  1. Nice to know your views on women’s day. Many women express similar views about women’s day and say it makes no difference to their life. This we are saying as we celebrate (or observe) 100 th women’s day.

    Atleast women have better opportunities for education and employment. But they still lead a ‘tough’ life in spite of so called ‘equal status’. Even the ‘reservation’ creates more puppets who are controlled remotely by their men.

    Let us dream that things will change…….But when?

  2. Thanks Hari for your comment. Yes, indeed. It is a fact, that conditions haven’t changed much even though we are observing 100 years of International Woman’s Day.
    People in the villages and small towns are still deprived of the basic necessities that are needed for any woman. And the women in the cities; they are getting success but at a very high cost.

    But yes, you rightly said, ‘let us dream that things will change.’
    More than dreaming, I hope sincerely that things will change for the better.

  3. Dear Shail, your poem is a stark reality.Yet,there must be one day or one occasion when we men can thank them for their love,care,hardwork,affection etc.The day at least reminds us about the importance of the women and their role in our society.Simultaneously,there cannot be any relevance in the celebrations until all women can walk safe and free at any time in any and every street in India.We all have read about the shocking daylight murder of Radhika Tanwar in DU campus on Women’s Day itself.We read news reports about minor girls being raped by elderly men.Women sadly are just the half of the country’s vote bank for shrewed politicians.We also see how helpless and useless our police department is when it comes to preventing crime against women.The ground reality is very different. I think,true liberation will only come when change is brought about and sincerely implemented at grass-root levels,begining right from our education from childhood itself.

  4. Dear Jatinder,

    Thanks for your detailed and well thought over comments. Indeed, until every woman can life fearlessly in her patch of land, can have three meals a day, can get her self educated, can retain her self respect, only then, will a Woman’s Day do justice to women.

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