If Rose Arose, Dear Indian Women Please Arise

a poem by NILANJANA HALDAR, India

(An Analogy between Rose Dewitt Buchater from Titanic and the lives of Indian Women at large)

“Why can’t I be like you Jack? Just head out for the horizon whenever I feel like,”
Said Rose, gaping at Jack’s life, a day before the ice Titanic would strike
“My husband makes all the decisions. I can’t follow my heart and dreams,”
Says the Indian, patriarchy being reserved for Titanic’s first class, it seems.

“I saw my whole life as if I had already lived it, an endless parade,
Of cotillions, polo matches, narrow-minded chatter never to fade”
When Rose said them, did you notice that she was speaking on your behalf?
She was saying how enslaved even you are in your marital graph!

Of course Rose was ready to plunge into the depths of the ocean
Feeling trapped, in an uninspired life trudging forever in slow motion,
But did you notice that the resilience never really died and stayed unfazed,
As she rejected the lifeboats twice, while Caldon and her mom stared amazed?

If that is the case in the face of a sinking ship and an ocean waiting to freeze human blood
Why then, dear Indian, have you allowed this fear of a-man’s-whim your mind to fill and flood?
Don’t you see you are invincible and your life and dreams are undeniably more important?
Isn’t it silly to bow to a human when another invites chilly waters and love over people so discordant?

—Written By Nilanjana Haldar :)
CRUSH CRUSH CRUSH PATRIARCHY!

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