Leaving aside a few exceptions, resistance towards women participating in last rites of their loved ones is not new (check here, here, here, and here). A justification is thus needed on why women’s participation in the funeral traditions of their family members is frowned upon or is confined? Was the murder of daughter Geeta Verma for performing the last rites of her mother justified?
How does any family gets completed? Are childless couples or couples who have just one child incomplete in any manner? Is any first girl child destined to be somewhat retard or lacking in intellect? Maybe she can only talk half sentences or make half-sense of the things around her or may be draw a half circle. And that is why a second child is needed…sorry…a second child who is a MALE is needed because only a son can then complete their family.
As I drove through the roads of South-Ex market, I could see the inviting hoardings, advertisements, and offers on clothes, gifts, accessories, make-up, jewelry, and even restaurants to celebrate the occasion of Karva Chauth. It is indeed a huge market, I thought. But why? This year will be my fourth Karva Chauth, but surprisingly my first that is well thought of and researched. I took a U-turn and went straight to my laptop. I wanted to know all about Karva Chauth….why it started? Is it a tradition, a ritual, or a superstition?
TWND, after a thorough research, has come up with the first post on Home Cleaning: a Home Cleaning Checklist especially designed for Indian homes. This checklist can serve as a To Do List of what all we can clean in our homes and how often we can clean such things.
Rest of the time we were either feeding or entertaining or running after our kids. However, while talking to these fellow moms, I realized, mostly we see experiences of mothers who paint all rosy picture of motherhood but there are some ‘not so good’ feelings also attached with motherhood that usually remain hidden deep inside.