A-Z Blogging Challenge 2016 – A Fortnight to Go


Naught Authentic

I started this blog Naught Authentic on 15 January 2015. I planned it well in advance towards the end of December 2014. The idea then was to give words to my thoughts. I guess I did it justifiably though I leave it to the readers of this blog how they find it. It was overall an exciting experience to find time for the passion of writing. And to keep that passion ongoing, I have taken up the 7th edition of the A-Z Blogging Challenge.

When I was introduced to this challenge I was a bit skeptical in the absence of any knowledge about it. Many questions occupied my mind: What will I write, Is there any fixed theme or genre etc. The only thing I knew before signing was that I have to write a post on each alphabet; daily, except Sundays, through April. Writing a post daily was enough excitement for me as I will have to burn some midnight oil to make pace with the other co-bloggers.

The things became quite clear after signing and reading various posts on A to Z and the rules published there. Some discussion and encouragement by other blogger friend made it simpler for me and now I am feeling composed.

I have decided to give voice to some of my experience with random topics. No theme can bound a free flyer like me. It’s just a fortnight to go for and I have not freeze upon the topics yet but I am sure I will do it the way I have done it with my earlier writings. Deadlines excite me most. My plans for the challenge are not fixed whether I will write prose or verse, fiction or non-fiction, essay or travelogue or memoir, but whatever I will write for the challenge I have vowed to make it interesting for my readers.

I am eagerly waiting to make my April amazing. And hereby I request other bloggers if you still haven’t registered for the challenge, I insist go for it. Let’s explore our creative instinct through A-Z Blogging Challenge.

I am staking claim to A to Z Challenge along with Blogchatter community.

Wishing everyone all the best!

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Women: The Inspiration


And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
(Genesis 1:28)

The woman is the creator of the world. When God created woman, her primitive purpose was to mother the children. She has been uniquely designed and equipped to be a bearer and nurturer of life. On the other hand, any male creature, in any way, is not equipped to give birth or life. Life is associated with the intelligence, emotions and aesthetics of women only. Though today, science has the solution to almost everything we human can think of; yet we are far from nature. The art of life has been developed, practiced and preserved only by women since the evolution of life on earth.

Women are not only about giving birth, they are about imparting values to their children – both male and female. A female child is born with the same character as of her mother; plays multiple roles and live by them. She also combines them in a unique thread only she is capable of. Men too, play different roles through the life; but they are more associated with rational behavior than emotional. They lack that connection with the life until they find their own sphere to pay back to the world.

In my personal opinion, every man is born twice. First, the day he comes out of the womb; and he takes a second birth the day he gains his own existence. I have been blessed with many women influencers in my life, right from goddesses to my own mother, teacher, sister, and friends. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, I would like to acknowledge my friend who inspired me to regain the joy of writing I had lost years before. I was a compulsive thinker. I used to write verses. But since I joined advertising, my writing became limited to creative brief, some headlines and brief articles for a few specific clients. Her belief in me encouraged me enough to touch base with my own reality and started uttering some words through this blog which is now over a year old and carries over 100 posts. Had she not been around I would not have thought of starting a blog all over again. Now, this ignited spark has given me the confidence to think of writing the fictional story too.

In Hindu mythology too, the female is said to be the quintessence of the universe, the one who creates all matter and comprehension, the eternal and infinite, the metaphysical and empirical reality, the soul of everything. Everyone needs a push of the feminine vitality in order to keep the world moving. On this Women’s Day, I urge all men to recognize that one woman who had changed your life even in the smallest way. They have sacrificed many times for us. Love them, respect them; and let’s acknowledge them today.

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According to science, during the first stage of our pre-birth development, the basic female form was predominant in every human. Although we are conceived as a male or female, this is not settled until after first five to six weeks of fetal life. The signs of the differentiation started after this initial period inside the womb and later after arriving in the world. Since times immemorial, the world has set some pre-defined parameters for what a man can (should) do and what a woman needs to do. They expect a man to be strong by all means – physically, emotionally and financially; while the women are expected to be delicate, soft and support their male counterpart which includes doing the household chores. Males were just supposed to assist the family monetarily and get relieved of his duty.

The initial education and upbringing makes a lot of impact on a person’s life. How they will lead in their various role in the time to come. As I look back into my childhood I remember my father as the sole earning body of our nuclear family of six members, my parents and four siblings, extensively involved with his banking job and social development works. Yet he was concerned about every family member’s comfort. Household works of cleaning, washing and grocery was never a problem with handy servants, a driver and peon. Nevertheless, in order to make us learn how to get things done, he had instructed my mother to let us take care of our personal responsibility individually, under her guidance; which included washing our own clothes and ironing them irrespective of gender discrimination. His unequivocal objective was to make us a civilised and independent person who can live under extreme conditions.

The early days learning had helped me a lot at every stage of life, especially when I stepped out of my home to earn and find my own place in the society. Living alone in a studio apartment during those initial days, I didn’t find any problem doing my laundry even manually, which my other friends found it extremely difficult to handle. As time lapsed, I became habituated to do my own laundry that I didn’t find my clothes washed by someone else to be clean. Now it’s over ten years I have been using a washing machine to do my laundry, but now I am not limited to my own wardrobe. At times, I do it for the entire house: bed linens and curtains & covers almost everything; and I feel happy to #ShareTheLoad of my family.

Being single I do not have my own child in my family but I am committed to extending my learning to my Gen Next. Our society is built of our own perceptions and thinking. We pile the concrete foundation of our customs. It is the time we should change our discernment towards females. Our mothers, sisters, wives and daughters are our backing at every step of life. It’s time we men should be their support.

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I am joining the Ariel #ShareTheLoad campaign at BlogAdda and blogging about the prejudice related to household chores being passed on to the next generation.

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My family feels happy that I am a part of them.  On Sunday or whenever I am off from work I make a point to help my mother/sister in the household chores such as cooking and laundry.

We have children in family and I feel it is very important to take in household chores in the daily routine to one and all irrespective of their gender as children would learn watching us. I have colleagues who make differences between male and female and say that a girl has to learn how to clean and cook or how else will she live on after getting married?

I always ask them what if tomorrow their son grows up to have a working wife where he will be eating canned food or has his clothes unwashed for weeks together. How would their sons’ get along in such situation? All I get it malicious comments from them.

Being a man, I do my own laundry and I don’t depend on my sister to do it for me. From a young age I learnt about separating the whites from the coloured clothes, the delicate from the rough, the amount of detergent and the duration of the washing machine. I do not dislike the traditional way of washing clothes by using a bucket, before the machine I did wash my own laundry in this way.  Seeing me do the household chores whenever possible, especially laundry, my mom and sister teases me to be a professional in it.

Not many families are as fortunate as mine to have a man setting a good example of sharing the load at home. Many mothers and sisters often complain that their sons and brothers just sit while they clean up the mess in the house, wash the clothes, put them to dry, fold them and keep them in the cupboards. I am glad I have no such things to hear.

What interests me is that doing household work increases the sense of self-assurance and responsibility of everyone at home including children. Whenever my nephews are at home, I make sure they help me in the work. I am lucky that the kid’s don’t say NO and are very much interested in learning and giving a helping hand.

My nephew is growing up fast, instead of ordering him, I tell him let us do this together and I explain him that it is for the family that we are doing this not for ourselves. In the past as I lived alone, I have a habit of scheduling my time to devote to household chores and now though I live with my family, I still do the same and I am passing the same habit to the younger generation. I strongly feel there has to be a transfer in the distribution of housework between family members. Every house has only one of its kind states of affairs but there needs to be a fundamental understanding when it comes to doing household chores.

Seeing me do my own laundry and helping women of the house in kitchen, my nephew feels no shame in helping me which are stereotyped to be ‘women’s jobs’. Washing clothes is not just a mother’s job; I have been able to make kids of my house understand this. I do make them involve in household tasks which I try to turn into enjoyable and appealing so that they learn while having fun.

I advise every man to become a role model for his own children or for the children of the family by sharing the load.

Please see this video, how would you feel as a man when you imagine 20 years ahead from today, you see your daughter or daughter in law doing all the work while her husband or your son sitting idle or watching TV while the woman runs around managing the kitchen, kids, laundry and her office work? Would you feel happy about what you taught them? It’s not too late; you can start now to #ShareTheLoad.

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I am joining the Ariel #ShareTheLoad campaign at BlogAdda and blogging about the prejudice related to household chores being passed on to the next generation.