WOMEN ARE not ONLY MOTHERS
It was a grandiose house, fully equipped
with modern facilities at a very posh part of Dhaka city, the capital of Bangladesh.
Still, it was way too depressing for me, when I went to stay with my sister. There
was a sense of hopelessness and isolation in that house. But somehow my sister
and her children learned to cope with that. Being desolated, the children
managed to find television as their new teacher while, my sister struggles with
the dual role and longing to be with her children. Juggling between profession
and family, she manages some time and perhaps the most precise moments of the
day. And then, it is the same next day and the days go on. As an outsider I was
in no condition to judge the situation and I have my utmost respect for her
attempt but I could not avoid noticing a distance between them and to think the
effect on these children.
Through culture, family
bonds & togetherness are deeply rooted in us, the Bangladeshis. But, at
this age of globalising world; many of our conservative customs has already
changed trying to keep pace with the developing country. In fact, everything is
changing, even the things that makes us human, human relation.
Now, to think of the term ‘Mother’ is unique
to everyone. I visualise
it as I have seen my own mother, a housewife; who was always there to answer my
every question and kept the whole family bonded together. We felt close to each
other and perhaps that gave me a reason to return back to my ‘home’. And during
my stay I was in a constant dilemma because at the end it comes down to
individual’s situation and we need to decide according to its necessity. Yes, there
are some obvious questions that may come to our mind like what can we do? And
which one is true? But For me most importantly, I was just left with some other
questions; what is worth to us and what is the price we are willing to pay?