Saturday, March 20, 2010

We don't Writhe

Sister,
Hold on to your pen
Before your fingers slide
And you forget.

We women don't writhe.
Not in the open;
Not in our books,
Doodles,scribbles and rants.
It is said
That we are subtle;
That we are made to bundle and pack
The drudgery of our lives
In quaint lies;
That we will always paint
Within the lines.

Sister,
Hold on with iron grip
Before you cast away your craft.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

To All my Sisters

As an only child I arbitrarily pick characters from books and think of them as my brothers and sisters. Since 'the international day of the woman' is around the corner, I thought that a tribute to my favourite 'sisters' is quite befitting.

Elizabeth Bennet:The headstrong heroine from 'Pride and Prejudice' and a sister like no other.Perhaps one of the first real feminists to appear in an 18th century book of fiction.The aspect of her feminism is often masked by all the endless musing on marriage and men; but Eliza is human,impulsive,imperfect and perfectly lovable.

Ursula Buendia: The endearing matriarch from 'One Hundred Years of Solitude'. Marquez had a way with female characters and Ursula is probably the least vulnerable of them.She survives the whims of an eccentric husband,diametrically opposite sons,a spinster daughter,dysfunctional grandchildren,soldiers and other house guests who invite themselves over,a descendant who floats up into thin air and a motley crew of great grandchildren who count her as one of their toys when she goes blind.She is the least unpredictable and probably the least sensual of Marquez's female protagonists;she nevertheless commands respect like no other.

Tess: The milkmaid in 'Tess of the D'urbervilles' who refuses to become a victim despite being violated by one man and abandoned by another.She possesses a quality that is pure and unblemished by years of suffering.Her ethereal beauty and quiet stoicism break your heart.It is as though a part of you is altered.

Emma:Jane Austen's precocious heroine from 'Emma'. The kind of girl you would love to take on a road trip.Well meaning and naive; she will ensure that you are always entertained.Her misdirected efforts at matchmaking can drive you insane,but at the end it is only the thought that counts.

Here's wishing all you girls a very happy women's day.