This was written a few days back but posting it now.
So at an altitude of 37000 feet here I am updating my blog after a very long time. And look who inspired me and got me thinking! It is none other than the growing power of the fairer sex. Not that we aren’t aware of it. But it hits you more when you take a nearly two hour flight to Bhubhaneshwar and your A 320 jumbo is powered by an all women/only women crew including the pilot and the co pilot. The only male in the crew is the recorded voice which asks you to wear your seat belts etc and he too was allowed to speak at the discretion of the crew. And let me add that besides making the flight look pretty and beautiful they commanded respect and how by their sheer professionalism!
So while the world was talking about women empowerment n all, women grabbed the scene and said hello…here we are! While you guys were ‘just talking’ we were working. While you guys were ‘just hoping’ for the change we brought the change. And much before you could expect it, here we are….calling the shots everywhere. Politics, corporate world, bureaucracy, science, sports, films, television and now we have women driving buses, trains flying aircrafts and the list goes endless. And the immediate casualty was the poor ‘once existed now dying’ male dominance, which still exists but happily mostly in the psyche.
This change which has taken centuries suddenly looks looks rapid now. Maybe because we are witnessing it. I don’t think this change happened because the society is evolving. The society evolves only when balance shifts more towards those who defy than those who succumb. And what is society in the first place? Society is a collective thought of some non existing individuals who could not achieve more than what was thrown at them by life (my opinion). Those who sit and think that change is a by product of time are the ones who constitute the society. And because they have no claim to fame they hate anyone claiming fame. Since achievers are always outnumbered by losers is why the society gained strength. But today, as the number of girls and women achievers is growing by the day the balance is tilting more towards the achievers/one who defy and the society has no choice but to accept the change.
All said and done it is great to live in this time. Yes, the change needs to percolate down to the smaller cities where the regressive mind sets are bigger. But I see those mind sets fragmenting too at an appreciable pace. It is regressive not because the people are not progressive. It is regressive because that is a way of life for them. It is regressive for us but not for them. Only when they are exposed to a better way of life will they buy the change. There are thousands who have brought this change in their surroundings. My father despite being an army guy had a certain way of looking at life. Initially I used to cringe at certain thoughts of his and fight with all my vocal strength. I am the rebel of the house but I think I took it a bit too seriously. But I realised pretty soon that he will change only if he enjoys the change. Otherwise he will just accommodate. And I wanted him to change and not accommodate because I genuinely felt that he would enjoy life more. My convictions were strong so I found a way. I started giving him exposure to the world I wanted him to live in. The pace was gradual but the change in him – rapid. He wanted to change because he was ENJOYING the change. Today, he is enjoying is why he changed. And I am just enjoying the change That is how it functions I guess. Those who don’t change are not rigid. We probably fail to expose them to the goodness of the change we advocate. The onus lies on the one who feels the need for it. So all those who wish to sell that little change will have to lure the buyer into it.
And so I guess I began drifting. Before I drift further let me do the best part. Send love n hugs to all you beautiful girls/women who also made me revisit this dormant blog. I urge all those who care to read this to take none of my opinion seriously. I have mine and you have yours. If they meet great! If not then too great! We all are entitled to ours :).
Love, smiles and happiness to all.