We All Deserve a Second Chance, Don’t We? 6

A few months back I had a family function to attend and I fixed an appointment with a friend who runs a beauty salon. I’ am a regular customer of this salon and over the years I and the owner of the salon had become good friends. Hence, I always preferred for her to do any of the tasks such as the hair cut, eyebrow shaping etc. However, when I went, my friend was busy with other clients and she asked me to wait. I decided to wait and looked around. There were two other girls in training. Although one of them was busy working with few other clients, another trainee caught my eye. She looked scared and worried. I overheard some of the ladies talking “ the girl is a new one here and does not even know how to hold the scissors. I really don’t want her to do anything on me. What if she cuts my hair all wrong, I cannot afford for such a mistake”

By the time my friend made herself free, I decided to get my hair cut done by the new girl called Divya(name changed). I told the same to my friend, and knowing me she smiled and openly agreed. She called Divya and told her to do the cut as whatever I prefer. Divya was visibly shaking. I tried to make her feel as comfortable as possible with small talks and told her to do the simple cut which ever she is familiar with. She did do some errors though and tried to apologize for it. I realized she was really good at her work, but the fear of doing a mistake, made her do them. I brushed her off telling the hair is going to grow in few days and the wrong cuts will never be noticed. Beauty and good looks are in our behaviour and how compassionate we are towards others isn’t it? Remaining all other makeups and stuff is just temporary.

After that incident, I could not make myself free and went back after two months. To my surprise, I saw the same two women who did not want Divya to do anything to them a few months back, requesting Divya to do their hair cut!! They waited for her to finish all other clients. Divya is no employee of mine, nor we are related in any way! But, at that moment my heart rushed with a feeling of being proud. As soon as Divya looked at me, she beckoned me to a chair and said “ Akka (sister), you did not come back after that day, I was so worried. But you gave me such a hope that I worked hard and I learned so many different styles. Tell me what hair cut you want, I can do that without a mistake now.” Call me stupid, or emotional but I could not hold back that single happy tear which was so stubborn to flow out. I came back home after an hour with a beautiful new hair style which everyone appreciated as it made me look different, unique and wow.

Dear friends, I understand that there are so many situations where we do not want things to go wrong. But do give a second chance for those young learners who try so hard for a living. By being compassionate and kind, be it anywhere, any job. No one can be an expert right from the beginning. Remember, we all learn from our mistakes. Give and take those little chances. You have my word! Your kindness today will definitely be rewarded tomorrow.

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Let there be no other Pradyuman! 1926


Dear All,

This is an open letter to whomsoever it may concern, I am really shaken by the death of Pradyuman and series of events that have surfaced in different schools victimising little kids.

I am a mother of a 2-year-old child and the day I saw the news about the cold-blooded murder of a 7-year-old Pradyumn, I was left dumbstruck. Well, I never doubted the fact that human is the most dangerous animal but the way this little boy was murdered is…..no word can describe it.

I don’t know if there was something wrong with schools or there is something seriously wrong with the school management. But, another point that I would like to raise here is about the playschools.

I think most of the parents nowadays send their kids to playschool. It’s a place where children learn the basics of life and get geared up to enter the real world of schooling. But, have you noticed that there are so many playschools have mushroomed in every nook and corner of the city.

I just want to know how many such schools are affiliated or is there any system in place which assures that these playschools follow a set pattern. It might not concern a few but to many of us, it is a point of worry. Knowing the fact that our little ones are very small, they can barely speak clearly, they are too naïve to understand the ill-intentions and malicious thoughts; under such circumstances, there is a dire need to have a system in place which sets the certain protocol for opening playschools.

Even if there are parameters that need to be met to open playschool, it’s important to check for those schools which are running in a room or in a small area where no amenities are present.

What can we do as parents?

I agree to the fact that schools are the second home for a child but, taking into account the recent precedence, it is the time that we as parents take up the charge and become proactive.

If you are planning to enroll your child or have already enrolled then you must have these pointers on your radar-

  • You must know about the playschool and its staff.
  • Try to stay personally connected with the staff members and other staff of the school
  • Enquire about the verification procedure of the staff members
  • The schools should have enquired complete details about each member of the staff, starting from the teachers to the watchman
  • Enquire about the first aid facility available in the school
  • Make sure that you drop your child to his/her class
  • You should do a surprise check in the school
  • Don’t forget to meet your ward’s teacher regularly
  • And the most important thing, you should observe the behavior of your child. It’s very important that you must check if your child is happy to go to school and at the same time he/she is happy while coming back.

These are a few suggestions from my end, you can obviously leave your opinions and feedback on the same. Let’s promise to ensure the safety of our children and their childhood.




Why is ‘Adoption’ unapproved by society for an unmarried single parent? 1383

I was preparing for sleep last night when my friend Asmi called me up. She was sounding flustered. More than flustered, there was a rage in her voice. It happens rarely that Asmi cries. She is 30, strong, self-reliant and a career-oriented woman. She didn’t marry because she chose not to marry. There is no catastrophic heartbreak story behind. Her focus has always been on her career. She is practical and staunched.

I understood her heart is really heavy else there has never been any place for tears in her eyes.

I quizzed her the reason.

“I am not crying because am sad, I am crying because am helpless and exasperated.” Asmi retorted.

I didn’t interrupt and allowed her to put her heart out.

“Preeti, I called my mother last night and had an argument with her.” she continued.

“I told my mother that I want to adopt a baby. Before I could say anything further she started yelling at me. She scolded me saying, Asmi already because of your decision of not getting married we are in pain. Why are you adding troubles to our lives? If you really want to adopt a baby just forget us. We have to live in this society and will have to answer people around. You have always done whatever you want but this time you are crossing your limits.

If not today, maybe tomorrow you will get married. Who will marry a girl with one child? Such things appear good in movies only. You better start focusing on marriage now. Preeti, My mother wasn’t even ready to listen to my thoughts”. Asmi started sobbing.

I really had no words to console her. Her thoughts were irreproachable and valiant.

But we cannot even disregard the fact that we live in a hypocrite society. When celebrities like Sushmita, Angelina, Sunny and more adopt a baby, we eulogize, lionize, praise their thoughts and we consider it as an act of kindness. We appreciate their humanity. We deduce that they gave a new life to someone. But when anyone from our own house even thinks of adoption we make them go through ignominy by coming up with the questions like is there any medical issue? Are you not straight? Why don’t you marry and then plan your own baby? Why are you trying to shame your parents? Why don’t you understand this baby won’t be your own blood? Are you kidding? Etc.

I’ve read somewhere that parenthood requires love and not DNA. I wish we really understand that. Your genes won’t define your family, our family is built with love care and respect. There are many people who do have a heart for adoption but fear comes in between. Fear of society.

I wish people understand that adopting a baby whether you are single or married isn’t a crime.

Adoption will not only give a baby a family but will also give us a special feeling. A feeling of being human. Probably the purpose we all are here for, giving life a life.