I liked this photo of my mom, which is kept in my grandparent’s house. My grandmother was against girl child’s education. She always wanted them to learn household chores and get them married off at early age.
My mom, secretly learnt to study. When this came to my grandfather’s notice, he encouraged her to study, put her in school. Grandmother used all her tricks to put a stop to it, but she lost the battle. Mom finally made her way to high school. Though grandmother didn’t allow her to study more, my mom made it till SSC.
My mom developed fascination for book. She always feels she is different world when she see’s books. Gift her book was best way to make up after a fight.
Once while travelling, grandmother had to take mom’s help to find the right bus. She needed mom to read the prescription and give her the medicines. She wanted my mom to sign the postal orders, or take money orders which she received from her sons. That is when grandmother realized her mistake. Now she feels proud to looking at this particular picture, which she keeps under her pillow.
I feel this photo is eye-opener for my family then, and made older generation realize their mistakes. Now they want every girl in the family to be educated. For me, this is an symbol of women empowerment.
Note: I am lucky to have this photo scanned few years back, as grandparents were not ready to given of all photos to us.