Holding up half the sky

“Madam ji, can you lend me some money?”

“But why? Every month you ask me for advance. I find it very difficult to keep track of things.”

“Madam ji, please, I really need the money to pay Kaushal’s fees.”

“Arre, every month you sing the same song. What about your husband. Isn’t he responsible for paying the fees too? Last month you took an advance to buy Kaushal’s uniform and books, the month before that you took some money for his tuition class. How long will you be the only one to look after your son?

“Madam ji, what to say? These men are useless. Every day he goes to Aunty’s shop and drinks a quarter.”

“What? A quarter? He will kill himself one day. Drinking himself to death.”

“Better he dies madam. At least I won’t have to beg every month. I can spend the money only on me and Kaushal.”

“What kind of a useless man you’ve married Divya! How did your mother let you?”

“She only found him Madam ji.”

Reluctantly Jyoti pulled out her wallet from her hand bag and took out a few Rs. 500 notes. For how long will this story go on she wondered. “Here, now be smart. Hide this from that drunk.”

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“Gosh you look like a truck hit you,” said Gloria

” Feels like that. I haven’t slept a wink.”

” Really? All night movie?”

” Ha! I wish it was that. Anu was up the whole night. Poor thing was just crying all the time.”

“But why couldn’t Prashant help? Isn’t he on holiday?”

“Ya, he needs his beauty sleep. Had to get up for his trek to Matheran this morning.”

“What??? You mean to say the son of a gun actually went trekking this morning?”

“Yes, and I had to pack him sandwiches too.!”

“By the way, Madam, the CIROS delegation is coming to meet you this afternoon. I’ve reserved the VIP Conference room for you. And the Sales Team will run their presentation through with you by 11.”

Meghana sighed. It was tough being the CEO of a successful company but even tougher being a mom.

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“Darling, I hope you haven’t forgotten, the Head Office guys are coming to dinner next Tuesday.”

“Oof fo! I forgot.”

“How can you be so casual? You know how fussy Kapoor is. You have to create a good impression.”

“Ya but you know it is year end for me. I also have my commitments.”

“But you’re running the house. You should plan things better.”

“Ok let’s not fight.I’ll organise something,” said Priti, bristling as she put down the phone.

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The scenarios are endless. The situations different but the parameters are almost always the same. It is the women who have to make the adjustments to keep the good ship floating, cruising and  on even keel. It doesn’t matter whether the woman is educated, working or retired. It doesn’t really matter whether the husband is educated or considerate or kind- most women find themselves shouldering a heavier load when it comes to household responsibilites. Men happily delegate jobs to their wives, freely offer their services to others in need (don’t worry, my wife will help you).

#Sharing the Load just doesn’t mean helping in the physical housework. Men have to realise that they have to share the load of bringing up a family, provide emotional support and pull their weight as a team. The family is a unit that only works when both wheels move together in the same direction. 

This post is also linked to Write Tribe ProBlogger Challenge

“I am writing for the #ShareTheLoad activity at BlogAdda.com in association withAriel.”

Author: Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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