औरत का दुःख समझना हो
एक बेटी का पिता बनना चाहिए
आदमी की कश्मकश समझनी हो
बेटे की माँ बनना चाहिए
Someone asked on a group: What does power mean to you?
She wrote that answering this question helped her understand herself better.
Straight off, the first answer that came to me was:
Vaishno Devi: Riding the lion in a bright red saree, with weapons in one hand and a lotus in another. Making an entire patriarchal society touch and wash the feet of the girl child, with love rather than conflict. That's what power means to me. Anne Frank. That's power. Power does not always have to mean conflict. In fact, the opposite - when your very presence leads to the desired outcome without you needing to lift a finger, and everyone does it willingly, out of a positive feeling like hope or love. That's power.
The power of Hitler, once over, is despised and regretted. The power of Martin Luther King and Gandhi, though long gone, is still a beacon to others. As people, they may have been imperfect, but their idea of power was based on something positive - love, inspiration, equality, non violence. And that is why, the power belongs to their ideals, and it is enduring.
When we worship Laksmi, we worship the goddess. Same for Parvati and Saraswati.
But in Vaishno, we, the North Indians, worship little girls as the embodiment of the goddess. This is a goddess that forces us to see the divine in that which is otherwise disadvantaged. We see that divinity, not because of fear, but because of our love of the goddess. That is power.
Mom and I were sitting and discussing that Modi has basically impoverished the middle class while the poor get so many more benefits that they have no need to work. Mom spoke about how her staff got cash from a certain political party - once to vote, and once after the rains. (the said political party is not BJP).
On Happy New Year to a housewife:
नए साल पर, पन्ना कैलंडर का बदलता है। घड़ी तो उसी रफ्तार से टिक टिक करती रहती है।
हम घड़ियाँ हैं। हमारा क्या नया साल?
You can't raise an army of cockroaches.
The cockroach has survived longer than the dinosaurs, and we must remember that. But the cockroaches have, other than getting together and breeding like crazy, no other claim to fame. The only value a cockroach has is nuisance value.
- On China taking over Pakistan administration and using that against India.