Broken Promises – #BarAThon Day 7

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A promise he made

A promise she made

To stick together through thick and thin

Days went by

Their love bore a fruit

Am the apple of their eyes

They promised me soon

A promise he broke

A promise she broke

To love each other round the clock

He went his way

And she on hers

No one cared for the apple again

I made a promise to myself that day

Never to make a promise again

Promises are made to be broken

Mom and Dad defined

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I am with Team #CrimsonRush for the #BarAThon from 1st to 7th August 2016.

This post if written for the prompt ‘promise‘ for August 7, 2016.

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The Cobalt Blue Dupatta – #BarAThon Day 6

She was totally excited when Simran Didi told her to get ready as they were going to South Extension for Ruchi Didi’s wedding shopping. It’ll be so much fun. Clothes, jewellery, matching accessories, matching footwear. She was overwhelmed with the thought of it all as she changed into her maroon batik print suit that Simran Didi gave her last year on her godh bharai (baby shower). A tad loosely fitted and ankle long it was for eleven-year old Archana, yet very comfortable. She had altered it and kept it aside for occasions like these.

At Mehrasons, Ruchi Didi selected such wonderful designs and Simran Didi also chose quite a few bangles and earrings. Archana kept gazing around in awe. She was startled when a wailing Monu pulled her braid from his pram. She knew it was time to clean him up and change his Huggies.

After about three hours of trial, Ruchi Didi zeroed down on three beautiful lehengas worth few lakhs. And then they got into another store to purchase clothes to be distributed to important relatives. Archana had heard Ammaji tell Simran Didi to ensure that 54 sarees and 39 suit materials are purchased in total for the relatives. But Simran Didi had purchased 40 unstitched suit materials. Each one was a marvel. The 40th piece is sure going to be for me, Archana thought to herself and smiled as she fed Cerelac to Monu.

At home, Ammaji took the 54 sarees and 39 suit materials into her room, leaving behind the last piece, the best among the lot, on the couch in the living room. Archana was sitting on the freezing floor and feeding milk to Monu with one hand while she ran her hand through the carefully done sequin work on the dupatta of the cobalt blue suit piece.

Ammaji will come back and present it to me”, Archana smiled to herself.

Simran, get that blue suit material lying on the divan stitched according to Ruchi’s fitting for her Chooda ceremony”, she heard Ammaji scream from her room.

After dinner Archana quietly cleaned all the utensils before she finally went and spread her thin rug bed inside the kitchen. Her moist eyes took a long time that night to invite sleep.

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In India, 33 million children in the age group of 0-18 years are working. Most of these children are engaged in the unorganised and un-regulated sector, making demand and availability of cheap labour an easy proposition. On the other hand, high levels of poverty and unemployment, coupled with lack of an adequate social security net, compel parents to allow children to work in hazardous occupations.

The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2016, which has been amended after 30 years, will not protect these children. Though it bans complete employment of children below the age of 14 years, an exception has been made for children working in family enterprises. This new act is based on the premise that education and work for children can go hand in hand. This argument goes against the spirit of the Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) 2009.

~ Failing Our Children, Indian Express

Recommended Reading: 

Activists Say Child Labour Act Locks in Caste-Based Occupations

Up To 2-Year Jail, Fine Of Rs. 50,000 For Child Labour

Child labour by other means

Why The Loopholes In The Child Labour Bill Are Good News For The Middle Class Indian

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I am with Team #CrimsonRush for the #BarAThon from 1st to 7th August 2016.

This post if written for the prompt ‘wishful thinking‘ for August 6, 2016.

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Cobweb of Human Relationships – #BarAThon Day 2

Have you ever wondered about the complexity of human relationships?

Have you ever tried to look at a relationship from above the ground?

Such complex confusingly woven web it is.

What’s that one important factor that can help (to a large extent) save/mend complex human relationships?

Relationships are like cobwebs. Tightly woven with delicate strings. A slight push by an external force or a wind from the wrong direction can disturb the balance. Many a times, quite a few strings get broken midway through the journey. The people involved have to be extra careful and equally concerned to keep the strings attached.

Once broken, some of the ties can be mended with efforts from both the parties. But if only one side keeps trying to mend the broken ties, the knot will only get thicker and thicker. Thus obstructing transparency and increasing the load towards one direction. Such relationships finally break beyond repair creating a huge wall that even the wheels of time aren’t able to break. The worst part is that they affect other healthy relationships too.

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If two individuals are bound to be present in a relationship, there will be differences, repentance, regrets and the likes. And we have seen people breaking the bridge of communication to avoid further regrets. This I believe is the biggest mistake we all make. Do anything. Fight. Accuse. Abuse. Do whatever. But do apologise. Do forgive. And never ever stop communicating.

The moment you stop communicating, there’s no point in faking a relationship. It’s over. Accept it. Or else, the old wounds will keep stealing and scavenging on the relationship. Talk it out. Maybe there’s something you both aren’t aware of. Something that you’ve been missing. What you don’t know is mostly the reason behind fall outs. Communication, open and transparent, might help recognise these negative triggers and isolating them. Thus saving a relationship from a disastrous end.

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I am with Team #CrimsonRush for the #BarAThon from 1st to 7th August 2016.

This post if written for the prompt ‘what you don’t know‘ for August 2, 2016.

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