Karva Chooth

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Instead of ranting on facebook/twitter all day, because I DO have work today, am just going to rant here and get it over with. This week is Karvachauth. How do I know? Because despite trying to close my eyes, ears and brains, that information did reach me. Soon, am going to start seeing pictures of dumb females dressing up and fasting for their husbands.

I am pretty sure I have written a similar post last year as well but I don’t feel like searching for it in archives. Just read my views again, will you?

Live and let live… do what you want… my problem starts when people around me start asking “Are you fasting for Karva chauth?” because

Woman in North = dumb = regressive = greedy for meals at 5 stars/clothes/jewelry = fasting for Karvachauth

Not one cell in my body can pretend to understand why intelligent, smart, educated women celebrate this festival. I get it if husbands were an absolute delight and a boon to women but they are not. They are all mama’s boys who refuse to grow up and most wives end up mothering them. Now, men fasting for their wives- I understand. We need that in today’s times. What we don’t need is women kicking the balls of the feminist movement.

Please don’t give me that- “But I only fast, it is not for my husband or Karva Chauth”; why can’t you fast on another day? Why does it have to be this specific festival?

Here are all the reasons for Karva Chauth:

“Women whose husbands had already gone off to war, observed the fast to pray for the safety of their husbands at this time as they ventured away from home to defend India.”

“Earlier, girls sometimes barely teenagers used to get married, go and live with their in-laws in very remote villages. Everyone would be a stranger there for the new bride. In case she had any problems with her husband or in-laws, she would have no one to talk to or seek support from. Her own parents and relatives would be quite far and unreachable.

Thus the custom started that, at the time of marriage, when bride would reach her in-laws, she would befriend another woman there who would be her friend (kangan-saheli) or sister (dharam-behn) for life. It would be similar to god-friends or god-sisters.

Their friendship would be sanctified through a small Hindu ceremony right during the marriage. Thus Karva Chauth started as a festival to celebrate this special bond of friendship between the brides and their god-friends.”

Men- thanks for hijacking a festival which was probably celebrated for the women, by the women.

By the way, I just had to google to get that information from wikipedia. Maybe you should use that expensive smartphone you keep flaunting?

This festival was never about fasting for the well-being of men who are rats in the corporate race. Get a life and stop un-doing the efforts of all the women who stand up to stupidity.

Here is another idea- Sati- revive that also. Why stop at Karva Chauth only? If the fast doesn’t work (which it definitely won’t), jump into your rat-husband’s pyre when he dies and be done with it.

 


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