How are you going to celebrate IWD this year? My husband wanted to know.
Haven’t decided as yet, I said.
Better decide fast as there are less than 15 hours for the day to dawn, he stated.
Thank God for reminding me, I said.
I am considering the various options, I added.
How many? He asked.
Perhaps half a dozen of them, I replied.
Reel them off, and may be I could help in zeroing in on one or two, he offered.
No thanks, leave the decision to me for once, I replied not wanting his help for such a trivial thing.
Have you made up your mind or do you need more time, he asked after waiting for nearly half an hour.
Well, you wanted to know my options, didn’t you ? —here they are:
Option no. one: Attend a Symposium of women writers, both foreign and Indian.
Option no.two: Attend a workshop on Time Management for working women.
Option no.three: A talk on Balancing work and home life.
Who is the speaker? He asked interrupting me.
I mentioned her name.
I veto this option of yours right away because the person you mention is a high profile social figure who hasn’t taken care either of her home or its inmates, he asserted.
Your knowledge of such things amazes me, is all that I could say.
Now listen to the rest of my options without interrupting : a whole day out with my friends/ calling them over for lunch to our place / watching a movie and dining out.
Your options seem to be run of the mill kind, he mocked.
O.K.if you were in my place ,how would you prefer celebrating IWD? I asked
Firstly, let me tell you I wouldn’t waste nearly an hour to know what I want to do on a day so important to women all over the world. I would like to meet some of the women at the grass roots level, such as the domestic help and women construction workers in their own homes/shacks to find out how they have to slog outside and inside their homes, to keep their home fires burning and keep their alcoholic husbands(since most of them are) in place which I am sure is indeed a challenging task for them! Saying so, he looked straight into my eyes.
I think that’s a good idea to consider, I said after a pause.
Not just to consider ,but to go ahead with it if you ask me, he suggested.
Though I wanted to thank my husband for helping me to decide, I refrained from doing so.
n.meera raghavendra rao