Hindu Mommy

March 8, 2007

Use your voice and be heard – You can be a hero too

Filed under: Women — hindumommy @ 10:18 pm

When I saw the blogathon for “Action Heroes”  at the Blank Noise Project , I immediately signed up in a moment of (over) enthusiasm.

I had no clue what to write and spent a whole lot of hours trying to remember even the slightest heroic act I had done. Having exhausted my “thinking” quota, I asked a friend of mine for help.

Before I share my story, let me share a little bit about myself. I’ve led the average Indian girl life – very innocent and sheltered protected from most harsh realities by my parents and then my husband – and most of my experiences with heroism are thru reading books or watching movies

But as I was strolling down memory lane with my friend, a long forgotten incident came up to the surface.  

Most evenings, when me and my building friends used to go for a walk, we used to pass a group of guys just hanging out , sitting on the building walls and wasting away their time. As soon as we used to get close, they used to start whistling loudly.  It was irritating and annoying but we tried to ignore it. Most days, we used to try to walk as fast as possible with our heads down hoping that if we didn’t acknowledge them, they would get fed up at some point eventually and stop troubling us.

But one day, I was in a bad mood – I don’t remember what set it off…I may have fought with my sister or argued with my parents.

As we were walking down the road, we heard the inevitable whistling. I was just so mad I didn’t even think before I said “Don’t you guys know how to talk? Is that why you whistle everytime?” . This took everyone by surprise. My friends started laughing and a passing neighborhood aunty started pontificating about how boys are ruffians and are always ready to harass any girl. As she was talking some of our other neighbors passed by, and of course they got the entire scene by scene replay with commentary from this aunty with fingers pointing at the now embarrased boys.

After that day, the tables had turned . Whenever those boys saw either me or any of my friends they used to put just put their heads down and ignore us.

Luckily for me, even though we were all a bit worried and scared after this incident wondering if the harrasment would increase , it was just a minor episode in our lives with a classic happy filmi ending and the “villians” didn’t bother us again. But unlike most movies, I didn’t need a knight in shining armor to ride to my rescue. I was my own hero and could take care of myself.

Most eve-teasers are just scared cowards who are taken aback when someone shows a bit of resistance. It doesn’t take much to bring a eve teaser down – just simple words can also do it.

It taught me that a problem cannot be solved by simply ignoring it. Ignoring something is also a form of acknowledgment – it is a implicit acceptance of defeat.

If I can be a hero- anybody can.  You don’t need to be physically strong or have any special heroic magic powers. Just your voice – speak up – and be a hero !

Mumbai women get freedom from leering taxi drivers

Filed under: Women — hindumommy @ 12:41 am

n Mar 8, women in Mumbai will celebrate International Women’s Day by having the freedom to choose to be driven by women drivers taking in only women passengers.

 

As an added bonus, they can also get bigger mirrors, a make-up kit with a nail polish remover and a magazine rack in their taxis.

 

revathi_roy_taxi.jpgA new taxi company called Forsche (a play on Porsche and “for she”) will start operating taxis only for women and driven by woman drivers. The taxis will be sleek silver and white with a blue and pink “Forsche” logo.

 

The founder Revathi Roy, a 47-year-old former amateur rally driver plans to start with 10 cabs and 18 women drivers.

My dad would have loved for this to exist about a decade ago when I used to come back late occasionally from college and he would be waiting impatiently for me downstairs at the building gate.

My friend definitely plans to start using Forsche. She uses the company car that drops everyone off at home whenever they work odd hours but she is usually the last to get off and she hates how the driver always adjusts his rear view mirror after the rest of the folks get off to leer back at her.

I’m sure this will be a bonus to the working women in Mumbai. Maybe not everyone makes enough to pay individually for the luxury of a taxi ride everyday, but if a couple of friends chip in – it would be relatively affordable and definitely decrease the stress of everyday travel…maybe they can even start enjoying late night travel and have taxi groups where they can play “antakshari” or gossip – like the many train groups that are found in local Mumbai trains J.

Here’s hoping that Forsche takes off in a big way in Mumbai which is one of the safer cities for women in India – so the women in the rest of the Indian cities can also start experiencing the peace of traveling home late at night .

Photo sourced from AP

Read more on This cab is for ladies only (The Times of India)

March 7, 2007

Blank Noise Project – Action Heroes Online

Filed under: Women — hindumommy @ 4:46 pm

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I just found out that Blank Noise is marking International Women’s Day – March 8th with a blog-a-thon.

When did you flip a situation so you could resist, when did you give back as hard as you got? When and how did you choose to confront? When did you become an Action Hero?

I’ll be writing my post on Action Heroes tomorrow. For more details, visist Blank Noise Project

January 5, 2007

New Drugs for Women

Filed under: Funny,Women — hindumommy @ 11:02 am

 I got this message about the new drugs that are being invented for women. They sound helpful 🙂

I’ve got to check with my insurance – I really need a prescription to DAMNITOL and ST. MOMMA’S WORT. 😀

Here is the list of new drugs:

Be careful….To be taken only under doctor’s prescription. Side effects are unknown at this point

DAMNITOL : Take 2 and the rest of the world can go to hell for up to 8 full hours.

EMPTYNESTROGEN: Suppository that eliminates melancholy and loneliness by reminding you of how awful they were as teenagers and how you couldn’t wait till they moved out.

ST. MOMMA’S WORT: Plant extract that treats mom’s depression by rendering preschoolers unconscious for up to two days.

PEPTOBIMBO: Liquid silicone drink for single women. Two full cups swallowed before an evening out increases breast size, decreases intelligence, and prevents conception.

DUMBEROL: When taken with Peptobimbo, can cause dangerously low IQ, resulting in enjoyment of country music and pickup trucks.

FLIPITOR: Increases life expectancy of commuters by controlling road rage and the urge to flip off other drivers.

MENICILLIN: Potent anti-boy-otic for older women. Increases resistance to such lethal lines as, “You make me want to be a better person. ”

BUYAGRA: Injectable stimulant taken prior to shopping. Increases potency, duration, and credit limit of spending spree.

JACKASSPIRIN: Relieves headache caused by a man who can’t remember your birthday, anniversary, phone number, or to lift the toilet seat.

ANTI-TALKSIDENT: A spray carried in a purse or wallet to be used on anyone too eager to share their life stories with total strangers in elevators.

NAGAMENT: When administered to a boyfriend or husband, provides the same irritation level as nagging him.

December 8, 2006

Perfume bottle sells for….what?

Filed under: Funny,General Stuff,Women — hindumommy @ 2:03 pm

 A bottle of perfume that was originally purchased for $50 has been auctioned off for $216,000. And that doesn’t include the perfume itself.

An elderly woman who wanted to remain anonymous received the bottle of Tresor de la Mer from her husband in 1939. He had bought it at Saks Fifth Avenue store

Read more at Perfume bottle goes for $216,000 – minus the perfume

Some people have more money than sense…I mean, what is the most you can do with an empty bottle …Just imagine how much chocolate that money would buy 😀

December 6, 2006

A good joke on women

Filed under: Funny,Women — hindumommy @ 12:38 am

I am a member of the “better” sex – but I can take a good joke

Here is an example of a really funny joke on women

A woman was walking down the street when she was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless woman who asked her for a couple of dollars for dinner.

The woman took out her bill fold, extracted ten dollars and asked, “If I give you this money, will you buy some wine with it instead of dinner?”

“No,” I had to stop drinking years ago, the homeless woman replied.

“Will you use it to go shopping instead of buying food?” the woman asked

“No I don’t waste time shopping,” the homeless woman said. “I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive.”

“Will you spend this on a beauty salon instead of food?” the woman asked.

“Are you NUTS!” replied the homeless woman. “I haven’t had my hair done in 20 years!”

“Well,” said the woman, “I’m not going to give you the money.  “Instead, I’m going to take you out for dinner with my hubby and myself tonight.”

The homeless woman was astounded.

“Won’t your hubby be furious with you for doing that?  I know I’m dirty, and I probably smell pretty disgusting.”

The woman replied, “That’s okay. It’s important for him to see what a woman looks like after she has given up shopping, hair appointments, and wine.”

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

October 25, 2006

“No more domestic abuse” – Indian government

Filed under: India,Women — hindumommy @ 11:10 pm

The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 comes into effect Thursday in India.

According to estimates, about 70% of women in India were victims of domestic abuse in some form

Under this law, domestic violence offenders can be jailed for a maximum of one year or fined up to Rs 20,000, or both.

The new law provides an all-encompassing definition of domestic violence  including not only physical violence by the husband, such as beating or physically hurting his wife, or sexual violence like forced intercourse, but also verbal or emotional violence such as insulting the wife or preventing her from taking up a job, and even economic violence such as not allowing the wife to use her salary.

While I commend the government’s intentions with both this law and the law to prevent child labor, I wonder about how the government is going to make it work?. Does the government have the necessary power and will to implement and maintain these laws ? Or is this just lip-service to be made effective and then forgotten or wilfully disobeyed like most other laws in India?

Only time will tell……

For more details, read the articles in Times of India and The Hindu

October 10, 2006

Kiran Desai wins Booker Prize

Filed under: Books,India,Women — hindumommy @ 10:08 pm

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Kiran Desai won the Booker Prize for her novel “The Inheritance of Loss”

 She is the youngest to win the award at just 35 years old after having spent the last 8 years writing her novel.

The “Inheritance of Loss” tells parallel stories set in post colonial India and the United States. In the foothills of the Himalayas, a Cambridge University-educated Indian judge spends his time as a recluse until his orphaned teenage granddaughter comes to stay.

Way to go……Indian authors rock !

Read more at the New York Times

October 4, 2006

Top 50 Women

Filed under: Women — hindumommy @ 7:36 pm

Fortune released it’s 50 Most Powerful Women. As expected, Indra K Nooyi topped the list moving up from last year’s rank of 11

The top 10 list

1. Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo 
2. Anne Mulcahy, Xerox
3. Meg Whitman, eBay 
4. Pat Woertz, ADM
5. Irene Rosenfeld, Kraft Foods
6. Brenda Barnes, Sara Lee
7. Andrea Jung, Avon
8. Oprah Winfrey, Harpo Inc.
9. Sallie Krawcheck, Citigroup
10. Susan Arnold, P&G

Nice to see Padmasree Warrior among the rising stars

While it’s great to see women leading the top multi-billion dollar companies, I also hope that I’ll live to see the day when it stops being news and is just treated as regular  – perhaps in my daughter’s generation

September 28, 2006

He vs She …at work

Filed under: Funny,Women — hindumommy @ 10:04 pm

How the company views its employees.

1. The family picture is on HIS desk.
  Ah, a solid, responsible family man.

  The family picture is on HER desk.
  Umm, her family will come before her career.

2. HIS desk is cluttered.
  He’s obviously a hard worker and a busy man.

  HER desk is cluttered.
  She’s obviously a disorganised scatterbrain

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