❝ A few days ago I called an auto-rickshaw and told him about my destination he said, 250 Rs. I told him that was too much. As I was walking away he called me again and said, “Chotay Bhai, Aap pehli sawaari ho maa bemaar hai 230 kerlo”. I was fasting and couldn’t see another Rickshaw so I agreed.
That Driver kept mentioning his mother’s condition and told me how doctors refused to continue his mother’s treatment because he hadn’t any money. I have seen people asking for money by involving their parents sickness.
I knew he was going to ask me to help him for her mother’s treatment, but he didn’t. He only said, “Beta meri Maa ke liye zaroor dua kerna pta nahi kiski dua qabool hojaye aur meri maa bach jaye 2 mahinay pehlay meray walid ka intiqaal hogaya hai ab maa bhi chali gae to main aur meri behan akelay reh jayengay” (son, please pray for my mother. Who knows whose prayers would be accepted and my mother would be cured. 2 months ago my father passed away. If my mother also passes away then my sister and I will be left alone). He kept asking me to make dua for her mother. He was desperate. Later on he got a call and his sister told him that their mother passed away.
“Inna Lillah Wa Inna Ilahi Rajioon”
“Main bas sawari utaar k aya”
He told me his mother just passed away and he had to go to hospital but first he will drop me on my location.
I was stunned, I couldn’t speak. I made my mind that I would pray for his mother in Maghrib I even prayed for his mother in rickshaw. He was calm, tears rolled down his eyes as he said “Jo Allah ko Manzoor, lekin ab hum dono behan bhai kya keraingay”I gathered my senses and told him to drop me here I will take another rickshaw but he refused and dropped me on agreed location.
When I gave him 230 he gave 30 back to me and said Maa k liye Zidd ker raha tha ab wo nae rahi to aap ko naraaz nae kerna 200 hi dedo ❞
Women empowerment is one of the most important words of the present times. It is not a mere phrase but it rather represents a movement, which has been pending for the longest time. However, many have a misconception that educating women, “letting” them work, etc. is all that women empowerment is all about. However, the concept of women empowerment is more of an umbrella term. It intends to involve society as a whole, including men.
We always encourage and applaud a woman who successfully balances both work life and her household. But won’t it be easy for that woman if the load of the work is shared? We see that in our society a woman’s primary role is seen as that of a homemaker. At the same time, her personal likes, aspirations, and dreams are forced to be put on the backburner because of the undue expectation that she has to single handedly manage the household while balancing her career. To give credit where it is due, the times are changing. Men and women of the house are increasingly sharing the workload. However, one can also not turn a blind to the fact that a lot more still needs to be done.
Driving home the same concept, popular brand Ariel has come up with brilliant communication.
The video shows a mother speaking to her married daughter over the phone, all whilst cleaning the mess her son has created. She is absolutely heartbroken when her daughter says that she plans to quit her job since juggling both a demanding job and her household has become too overwhelming. It is during this time that she realises that while she and her husband as parents left no stone unturned to give an all-round upbringing to their daughter, they somewhere forgot to teach their son some basic life skills like cooking and doing laundry so that they grow out to be equally responsible in doing household chores. This is not a story of just one family, but of families across the country. These are some things which everyone must know, not for any other reason, but simply because these are basic tasks which are absolutely essential to survive. And, they make you capable to be equal partners tomorrow!
As Ariel raises an important question-is household work only a woman’s job? We need to ask ourselves the same question. A recent study revealed that the unpaid work done by women around the world amounted to 43 times the annual turnover of Apple Inc. It is high time we share the load and change the narrative that household work is the “duty” of a woman. As the video shows, contributing to the household work is not only a daughter’s work, but the son must contribute his bit too. It is also important for the parents to instil a sense of responsibility in their children, irrespective of their gender so that at any juncture of their lives, they are not completely dependent on another person for basic tasks like these. Ariel has been consistently driving this message and addressing the inequality within households since 2015. The Logical Indian applauds Ariel for coming up with such a brilliant video for depicting such an important concept.