I booked a bike taxi last evening, it was cheaper and faster compared to other modes, zipped me through the traffic and I could save money and have my favorite ice-cream. But I am not here to promote a bike taxi, but what I found interesting, something that left me totally astonished was to see a lady biker at my doorstep. I was obviously more comfortable with her, and the trip was perfect. She was an absolutely professional lady and responsible driver. The wrinkles on her face and rage in her eyes said it all. She is not just carrying me but she was carrying multiple responsibilities in life. I talked with us for a while when she tells me that she lost her husband as he was alcoholic, she has a 10-year-old son and mother in law to take care of at home. She used to stealthily ride her dad’s bike back when she wasn’t married, and her love for bikes is helping her to choose a career for the living. I felt elated to see this tough role chosen by her, overriding the cliché that ‘woman’s place is in the home’ and ‘woman is a bad driver’.
We have seen female workers in almost every profession, and now seeing this lady on roads with her bike fills me with gratification.
We’ve been watching campaigns around lady Bikers Exploring The Himalayas or doing Some Crazy Road Trips, and we’ve admired them but what makes me proud is lady bikers now helping commuters to struggle the traffic, and earning for their living.
The bottom line is every woman should be educated and trained as per her skills and interests. She should not be depending on anyone for her living. Ganga wasn’t educated but because she knew how to drive she was able to handle the tough phase of her life.
It is not necessary to sit in a multistory building with a laptop by your side, there are multiple options in the world that a woman can opt for. Especially the housemakers, who are often demeaned as non-working, I suggest you can pick any hobbies from your childhood, take some training and start taking small assignments. Financial independent matters a lot, it makes you independent and powerful.
Never forget, he choose you to be a woman, a woman is not just a gender but a very special character. Office, kitchen, groceries, toiletries, homework of your son, the wardrobe of your husband, medicines of your father in law, and that saree you wanted to get for your mother. Siblings, relatives, friends, kids, colleagues, you manage everything simultaneously. you were chosen for this tough role, so choose a better life for yourself, never demean yourself and keep yourself motivated. Pick a hobby and gradually make it your profession. Little steps matter.