December 31, 2012

Another Year!!!

An year has come
An year has gone
Shame on its name!

You stood there
with your eyes
wide open
like a silent spectator
gaping at
mindless shootings
brutal rapes
sad demises
and
heinous crimes

I wonder
if I will live this day
just in peace and safe
 Scared to send my kids
to play dates and picnics

I stand in fear
for my 4 year old daughter,
49 year old mother
and every female soul

Hating  to admit
that I start to suspect
my dad, my brothers,
my husband, my son,
my cousins, my co-workers
and all the male friends

Yet, I don't cease 
to exist in this life
wary of my own shadow

As another year
steps in
at the wake of dawn
with a plethora of promises

I wish all my sisters,
mothers and daughters
to stand up for themselves,
live every moment,
and fight every tussle!

P.S: I would be a hypocrite if I say I am not attending a New Year Celebration. I am doing it for my family. It's only my body that's going to participate. My heart and soul are elsewhere...

38 comments:

  1. Wish you more peace than ever Latha ...it had been a hard and painful year for the entire womanhood..let us face new year with renewed strength !

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    1. Thank you Sridevi. I already feel tired even before the revolution has started :(. I hope this year gives me the strength even more to stand up in all aspects. Yep, let us all not lose our spirits.

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  2. Wish you the best Latha! New year, new hopes, new opportunities to continue the fight! With you in spirit sister!

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    1. Thank you Sis. Let us not lose our grit and determination. Always with you!!

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  3. A very sombre poem, Latha! Hope the New Year brings a lot of joy and happineess in your life!!

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    1. Thank you so much Rahul. I wish you the same and wish to get your continuous support as you always do.

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  4. An excellent poem bringing out the anguish in the minds of all.With sincere hopes that things will change for the better,here is wish you a happy and prosperous New Year.

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    1. KP sir, that is all the hope we all have now, that things will change for the better. Many many thanks to you for being there to read every post of mine without missing. I wish you a Very Happy and Healthy New year!!

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  5. Aah! That aptly sums up the year that just went by. Hope 2013 brings peace, compassion and genuine change for the better.

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    1. True Shilpa, it's just the events of the past year that has triggered these words!! let's hope for the best. A peaceful and safe year to you too!!

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  6. Words every woman echoes, Latha. We are scared, we are suspicious, and yet we have to go on. It is a sad state of affairs and we live in hope -- that things will become better in the coming year(s).

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    1. I really, really strongly wish they do change. Otherwise, we are digging our own graves.

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  7. Hmmm....Yes, women need to help themselves....Wishing you a peaceful 2013 with more things to be happy about.....

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    1. Personally, I had many things to be happy about in 2012, Jaish. Unfortunately, that was not the same case with my country and the world. I wish you too a very happy New Year, girl!

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  8. Hoping that tragic incident will at least be the stimulus for real reform!

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  9. If 2012 ended on a shameful note, let 2013 be the year of our awakening.

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  10. Wish you a Happy and safe New Year. I echo your sentiments as well. Let's hope that there is change.

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    1. Thank you, dear. I wish you the same too!! With more virtue and more courage. At least if there is a change in people's thinking, then everything will fall in place.

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  11. I am an eternal optimist..so I think there are and there were good things too..to rememeber and cherish..

    happy new Year!

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    1. :-) I wish I was like you too, Renu. Off late, the way things have been happening is so frightening and sick to the stomach.

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  12. Wish you and your family a very Happy New year. Let's hope that quality of life improves and no one feels the fear...

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    1. Thank you, Jas. Wish you and your family a very Happy, Safe and healthy new year. Fear kills a man without knowing..and let's hope the fear doesn't touch anyone.

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  13. Wishing you a Happy New Year.
    Hope we move on to better times.

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    1. Thank you Amit. A Happy and healthy New year to you and Geets. Let's hope for the best and be prepared for hard times.

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  14. It is such a shame that women in our nation have to think that way .. A nation which had stories to tell How because of a Thread by a Queen made a Emperor take her side to fight the bad..

    A nation where Men would stand up to protect a girl whome they did not even know..

    Such sad times .. makes me ashamed that I belong to such a nation and that too am a man from that nation ..

    hope things change ..

    Happy new year to you and family

    Bikram's

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    1. Hmmm...Even though our country outnumbers men like you, I am proud there are still people like you. We need more of them, Bikram. Lot more...I just hope that I don't fail to bring up my son to stand up for himself and others. Thank you for the wishes and a Very Happy New year to you too.. Hope you make it to home this year and send us pics :)

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  15. These are thoughts plaguing every woman, wherever she is. Truly written from the heart. Things have to change, for a sleeping India has finally woken up

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    1. Sleeping India has waken up...true...I just wish they don't sleep back again with another swipe of wind..I never knew what fear meant, but now it sends shrills down my spine :(

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  16. A soul stirring poem coming straight from the heart! Don't be pessimistic, Latha.I hope the sacrifice of the poor little girl will change the mind set of the Demons who exist in the society.

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    1. Yes, Usha ji...I too wish the same. But see every day I hear more and more rape cases...were there too many before too or is it just the media who is bringing them to our notice?

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  17. Very very well written and nicely said really really touching :( yes we are in bad time and we have to fight it out is all I can say :(

    and should never lose hope for coming New year

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    1. The realisation has come on our nation, later than sooner..yes, let us all hope to have an year filled with more peace and safe for all of us..

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  18. Exactly, we all have lost our trust in the society, more specifically in males. The kind of stories we hear every day are disturbing and as a mother, you must be really worried for your kids. I don't know how I would sound but thank God, you are not in India.

    Hope 2013 is better...

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    1. Don't know, Saru..sometimes, I feel that way too...hmm..you have seen the Connecticut incident right? we never know when it will happen to our kids..yes, as a parent the fear grows..don't know if my mother also worried for us this way..

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  19. The Good things in life are not remembered to the extent with which the not so good things are remembered. Things like this make us be wary of everyone and we refuse to trust others easily. Hope nothing like this happens in 2013.

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    1. No, Ashwini..personally this year has been great to me..My sis got married..my mom is happy..I bought some property..I acknowledge all of them...but you are right. Things like this makes us lose our trust in the next person..I too wish the same, dear.

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