A hundred years from now the world may no longer need to celebrate Women’s Day. Not because women may have achieved a mathematically precise figure of 100% “equality” with men, but because there may be no women, as we know them, left at all.
I’m neither Toffler nor a geneticist, and at the tremendous risk of sounding parochial, let me explain….
The current idea of womanhood, as celebrated in the media and drip-fed to society goes something like this:
I was hanging out with a friend last afternoon, sipping a cup of a foamy half- shot at a busy Costa Coffee. Oblivious otherwise to the humanity around us for an hour or so, in two brief moments when I happened to look around, I noticed almost everyone in the Café was huddled in communion of varying depths. At the end of the coffee and the conversation I left the café nourished and rejuvenated.
I wrote these lines some years ago on the eve of International Women’s day. I was amused and a trifle angry at the media coverage of that day.
Amused because of the same old stories about ghisa pita* women achievers and the same prominent ghisa pita women touted as ‘achievers’.
Alongside the corporate success stories were an assortment of starlets and models - average women from highly visible industries. To me this was laziness (to unearth some real achievers) or plain stupidity.
Neelambika Kasad is a journalist, philosopher and poet with over a decade of experience in journalism, business communication and academics. She is passionate about her many interests including philosophy, personal finance, media, holistic therapies, quantum healing and writing occasional poetry.....and of course, her family, friends and the community.
Neelambika has worked as Features-Editor at The Financial Express (Mumbai) and taught Philosophy to graduate students at the KJ Somaiya College of Arts and Commerce in Mumbai. She also taught Business Journalism at the Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication, Pune. She holds a Post Graduate degree in Philosophy and a Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication and Journalism, both from the University of Bombay. She is a qualified Pranic and Reiki healer. Neelambika recently moved from Reading, United Kingdom to Cupertino, California, where she lives with her son and husband.
Neelambika Kasad, works internationally as a Personal Life Coach to empower people to achieve personal and professional breakthroughs to help them enjoy their lives to the fullest!