गरीब लगा होता है, दो वक्त की रोटी जुगाड़ने में,
उसकी तस्वीर हर रोज, ले रहा होता है कोई !

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LOCKDOWN DIARY : DAY 18

Most likely, the lockdown is going to be extended by another 15 days. As if making sure nobody misses a day of NaPoWriMo. Jokes aside, I believe it is the perfect time for both men and women in the house to put a check on the inherent patriarchy in the household.

The lockdown has been a huge burden on housewives, as I can see with my mother. She is retired, but she has to constantly be on her toes for us. Even our help in cooking a meal or washing utensils is not enough because my mother wraps up most of the homely chores early in the morning, while everyone is asleep. Take some time and ponder who is managing the following things: washing utensils and clothes, cleaning toilets, throwing garbage, dusting the furniture, wiping and sweeping the floor, cooking, putting clothes out to dry, folding and ironing of the clothes, change of the bedsheet and so on. Chances are 80% of these tasks are being done by the homemakers of the house without ever asking for our help. Let’s do our part. I am going to fold all the clothes right now. What about you?

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Dear Mother,

I know writing thanks isn't enough but helping is. This letter is the precursor to help. As you take care of 3 meals a day while everyone is glued to their phones and TVs, I have decided to keep the phone aside and be there as you have been there for us, day in and day out, for as long as we have been born. Patriarchy is brutal. It is not something that only men practise but you too practise by not letting us help you in the kitchen, by serving everyone everything in their hands. You sent me away and what a good thing you did, because I learnt to be like you — self-sufficient, not depending for anything on anyone else. If only, you chill for a while, and allow me to take over, I shall show you that I learnt — by remembering you — how to make each dish that you made for us in the childhood, I learnt how to keep the kitchen clean while I make four curries and a dozen parathas, I know how to fold and iron the clothes and putting them in the almirah to be always found out when father or I look for our undergarments. Mother, you spoilt me with your care & even now you're not willing to stop. Give me a chance, mother, to fulfill my dream in this lockdown.
To become you.

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Har insaan ki do kahaniya hoti hai,
Ek woh jo woh sabko sunata hai
Aur dusri woh jo sabse chhupata hai.

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सुबह के बाद शाम भी होगी,
तुम सुनाओ क्या आज एक्स्ट्रा चाय होगी ?

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Friends can't travel with us in our life

But their memories and feeling talk to us💖❤

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