May 27, 2022

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The Sky is the Limit: Story for Women’s Day

The concept for this year’s International Women’s day is #BreakTheBias highlighting the personal and societal biases versus gals. These biases lead to further gender inequality in culture. For many years, women in distinctive pieces of the world have struggled and are still battling to be listened to.

This is a shorter tale for women’s working day 2022, that I have penned. In some cases, all 1 requirements to do in get to split no cost, is consider the first move. It could appear frightening and may possibly not be effortless, but then is it easy to reside a caged life?

The Sky is The Limit is my tribute to all the courageous women and women who have taken the initially phase, uttered a term in protest, elevated their voice to be listened to, done nearly anything to #BreakTheBias


When Shalu was born her father cried. They didn’t want a lady yet again. Her mother seemed at her two other ladies sadly and handed more than the new toddler to them. She did not have the time to recover from childbirth and experienced to return to work at at the time. 

Shalu’s mother and father labored at a hen sanctuary. Cleansing, feeding the birds, cooking, caring for ill or wounded birds, was a large amount of operate but the money was not adequate for their increasing loved ones. 

Shalu’s father had this strange experience that their existence would get much better the second they would be blessed with a son. The family unquestioningly recurring this prayer each night ahead of bed. ‘Bless our house with a boy.’ 

Shalu’s sisters handled the work at home and seemed soon after her. Rather before long, she much too started sharing tasks. She loved encouraging out at the sanctuary. 

She was often observed having fun with the business of the birds. One day, as she was staring at a chattering team of birds, she turned to her mother and reported, ‘I like the tales these birds trade. Some communicate about a new fruit they’ve tried using though many others focus on new areas for food. But, you know ma, which tales I enjoy the most,’ she ongoing without waiting for her mom to request, ‘the ones exactly where they chat about distant lands. Did you know some of these birds have travelled much more than a thousand miles to be listed here?’ 

Shalu’s mother nodded and was about to say one thing when her father rudely barged into the discussion. ‘What is this nonsense you are speaking about? Birds can not discuss. Quit feeding your head with silly matters.’ He scolded

A tear escaped Shalu’s eyes as she gazed at her mom unfortunately. ‘I swear, they speak ma. I can realize them. I promise.’ 

Time went by, and, at final, joy came into their life – or so they believed! They were blessed with a boy. Shalu noticed her father laugh for the very 1st time. Deep down, she felt a pang of jealousy. What was so exclusive about this infant that manufactured her father so happy? 

At situations, Shalu felt indignant at her brother. Factors had been plainly unfair. In some cases she got the urge to hurt him but how could she? Just about every time he wrapped his tiny fingers around her hand, her heart melted. How could she be indignant with him when he generously gifted her with hugs, kisses, and adore? 

It was time for her tiny brother to go to faculty. Shalu was livid, she and her sisters had been never ever supplied this chance. They seemed at his new bag and books with awe. She touched and smelt the pages of the guides. She longed to discover out what was composed in them. So, she struck a deal with him. He would go to college, learn how to examine and write and come back property and train her. He agreed. 

In the meantime, her sisters acquired married. Their weddings drilled a large gap in the family’s financial savings. Before long there wasn’t more than enough cash to even control the day-to-day meals. Everyone’s parts ended up lowered, besides her brother’s. He even now got his two rotis when the others ate only onions and pickle. It’s a distinctive thing that he usually saved a roti for her that they shared later at night. 

Soon, Shalu’s mother experienced to take up much more get the job done. She commenced doing work as a domestic helper in 3 homes aside from her get the job done at the sanctuary. The workload took a toll on her wellness and she fell terribly sick. The household was now scrounging for food and revenue. Shalu was questioned to fill in for her mother. 

‘I will get the job done at the sanctuary but I will not operate at anyone’s residence. Be sure to ma, please.’ 

But, the option wasn’t hers.

A couple of times later when her mother recovered, Shalu considered she would resume her duties at the a few homes. They did not want her. They were being happier with a more youthful and swifter helper. They preferred Shalu to keep on. 

Just one evening, as her mother was clearing up the dishes, Shalu went around to her. Cautious not to speak as well loudly, she whispered, ‘The birds have requested me to fly with them. They have been inquiring me every single calendar year but I was far too afraid to go. They say, the clouds exhibit them the way, the moon sings to them and the wind carries them when their wings get far too worn out. And, when anything appears dark the solar displays them the mild.’ 

Shalu’s mother appeared at her daughter unfortunately. She hardly ever had significantly to say, but, tonight, she reported, ‘I know.’ 

Shalu smiled. That night, she hugged her brother definitely limited. 

She woke up just ahead of sunrise and went to her mother’s bedside. She carefully stroked her mother’s cheek. Her mother was awake but she did not open her eyes. Whilst she pined to hold her little one in her arms and convey to her how substantially she liked her. She did not. She stored her weary eyes tightly shut. 

She did not even open them when she read Shalu’s mild footsteps as she disappeared into the dim. 

Shalu’s mother lastly woke up at daybreak. As she stepped out and the solar pierced her eyes, she looked up and spotted a flock of birds traveling toward the solar. She smiled and reported, ‘Fly higher my toddler. Fly totally free. The sky’s the restrict.’