Dear Distant friend,
What happened between us? Why are we so distant now than we were before. We used to talk day and night, about everything and anything and now, I hardly see you and hardly have a decent conversation with you. I used to stay up late just so we could continue the chat. What happened?
I remember I had a special nickname for you and you had for me and it is funny that we used to use it specially at our birthdays to wish each other and now we don’t even talk. What happened?
Now we both are going on our on lives and talk very, very occasionally. You have become so busy that I feel guilty for not having so much on my plate to be busy.
Old friend, we should catch up soon and not just a long lengthy conversation once in a blue moon.We should be talking about all the updates and information that I might have missed out while we were having this glitch of a miscommunication problem which I plan to rectify.
An old estranged friend.
I am angry. I am very angry after watching this movie. Not because it was a bad movie or it was totally wrong, it was one of the greatest movies I have ever seen but I am angry watching the movie because everything in the movie is right and true about India, because the things that conspire in the movie have happened in India. I am angry on the fact that I am watching a movie that is not full of made up and horrible stories instead these are actual happenings in our country and India.
India is a country where people watch and talk, Look and gossip. Even after something has happened India only talks. India only stops, listens, gossips and moves on. Where is the justice!? The society talks about the tragedy, acknowledges for the bad it is and moves on. It is just a talk that society does and does nothing in improving the society itself. It talks and talks about the problem but what about actually eradicating the problem!
There was a quote in the movie, “Women are born to be Yodhas.” We are born to fight for our lives because every little thing in our lives is a battle. India is our battle field. In all the stages in our lives in India we are fighting battles after battles. We lose some, we win some. It starts from the age of 12 when society tells her that she is supposed to stay away from boys, she is supposed to be graceful, she is supposed to start doing girly things. As she grows older to 17 to 21, family starts telling her to dress up a certain way or else society will talk, do certain things to make the society think that she is well-mannered and be a certain way so that the society influences who she gets married to in a good way. Why does anyone care what society thinks!? It is because of India’s way of thinking making the society such a priority that a person’s happiness just vanishes in thin air. No body likes the fact that there are people talking about them behind them, on the other hand they are the ones talking about people behind their backs who have been total saints to them. Where does the cycle end!? Just mind your own business!
There is another line in the movie that says, “let me write my own story.” Let me be. Don’t influence or dictate what I should do or what I should not do. I should be the pilot of my life. Not my family, not even my husband. I am the captain of my ship. I am walking my path. I don’t want anyone to make decisions for me. I don’t care what society thinks of me. What anyone other than people who I care about think of me. I want to be the decision maker of my life, not some aunt who thinks I’m a snob or some uncle who found me too western for his taste or anyone in the bloody society. I am who I am. I am one of the women in India who wants to live without the constant judging, without the fact that I am not safe alone after 8:00pm in the evening, without the fact that I won’t be taken advantage of or anything ridiculous that India stands for. Leave me be. I don’t want to prove myself to be a man because I’m not, but I want to be recognized as strong as a man. The society makes me a born warrior.
This plot was an awakening for the sleeping feminist or gender equality or Anything else to fight for a better India. To make people aware or motivate people to do right and get some sense into the foolish Indians who hide behind the corrupt law and the law themselves.