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Friday, May 29, 2009

A menstruating woman's bill of rights

This is the topic for a post that has long been in the inbox.

It might never see the light of day and chances are the family (both immediate and extended) will make me take it down with a day or hours after it is posted...

(original title was going to be "Andha moonu naatkal" or "those three days")

It was one of those from the heart posts, going over my(?!) experience of the women who were/are dearest to me going through uncalled for hardships in the name of god, country, religion and culture during times when they should be treated like royalty.

All this was triggered by the usual etcahi (saliva contact), pathu (think of it as microwaving food half eaten), theetu (impure in a germ context) debate in this household. Something I promised to eradicate as a child, at least when I became the head of the family.

In any case, this is a Pre-post.. sometimes it is worth the pre-post to see how well the real post will be received! No?



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7 Comments:

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 4:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

sundar:

time ... it is a-ticking ;-). looks like it has been up for at least 12 hours now, so maybe a sequel will follow!

i haven't been able to eradicate the 'saliva contact' - i assume you are referring to 'jhoothaa' right (there is no word in english that means the same, is there)? weird how i get grossed out by jhoothaa but have no qualms swimming in pools where babies and toddlers get their swimming lessons!!

- s.b.

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 10:18 AM, Blogger Kavi wrote...

Awaiting the post !

:)

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 11:48 PM, Blogger Balaji S Rajan wrote...

Looking forward for 'Those three days' post. I would like to know whether we think alike on all those topics. Hmmmmmmmmmm... We have changed... Have you (Read it in Naanga Ready Neenga Readyah..style)

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 12:21 AM, Blogger Sundar Narayanan wrote...

please note that all three commenters do not belong to thaikulam..

just as I expected.

:(

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 8:34 AM, Anonymous Sivajini wrote...

ha.ha, I'm interested in reading this post. But I got no kids, no family yet. Do I count? Lol.

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 2:33 PM, Anonymous Revs wrote...

I am not a Thaai yet(oru kalyaanathukae inga vazhiya kaanom) but I belong to that kulam alright :P Bring it on, I say! :)

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 2:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

It isnt just these, right ? In the name of god ,there are some certain customs that are flexible rules that bend depending on the imposer and the imposed. The vague reference to "panumnu/panakudadnu solluva,enga vazhakam and the like" and making it all seem taboo.There are lots I guess.I try as much to seggregate the spirutuality part from the custom part.

Curious to know what is your take on it in terms of talking to the next gen.

 

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