Change has to come

I am not too sure how many of you know, but I work as a HR professional. I manage the recruitment of a software company. This Monday, I have organized a recruitment drive and have outsourced this to a training institute.

I briefed the requirement to the placement officer and we have finalized the agenda. After few minutes, I receive a call and the placement officer asks me “Madhavi, are girls eligible for this role??” .The question pissed me off. How can one think that girls are not eligible for a role in an IT company and what made the placement officer think that there is a disparity?

I spoke to her in detail and understood there still is a disparity in recruiting males vs females. I was shocked to know this and tried to compose myself after the incident and explained her that we are an equal opportunity employer and would not like to show the disparity at any cost.

Adding fuel to the fire, when I came home I saw this ad from KFJ Jewellers stating “Kalyana Vayasula ponnu irundhaale tension dhaane” which translates to “Having a girl at the age of marriage is a mental tension!!” What the hell ? Yes, that was my first reaction when I saw this ad on the television. It is such a disgrace to the society. Is only having a girl a tension?

When will the change come? When are women treated equal to men? Women deserve equal respect, equal opportunities, equal challenges as men. What makes them less than a man?

On one side, there is a responsible part of the society which is striving to achieve equal rights and fighting for the basic amenities of women and on the other end, these advertisements going on the media/ social media by such brands are highly awful. If these bandleaders can’t bring a change and can’t work towards any of the noble causes, at least it would be good if they refrain themselves from such  disgraceful advertisements.

Note: This is not a sponsored post, it is purely my opinion. Though the intention of the ad could be different, the way the ad was directed was pretty bad. It introduced the girls as Tension 1, Tension 2 which is highly disgusting.

We will help you..

Last week when I was about to give bath to Dheer, I noticed that a pigeon was sitting in the duct hole of our restroom. Seeing it suddenly, I switched on the exhaust fan assuming it would move away due to the sound. Nothing seem to have made an impact, and it was comfortably seated. It waited for another pigeon to join it once in a while.

I slowly realized that it was a lovely family. The pigeon which did not seem to bother for the sound that the exhaust fan made, the pouring rains, or perhaps anything on earth, was the mother pigeon. It laid eggs and was waiting for them to hatch.

It was a cute little family and we determined not to disturb them. Though the restroom was a mess, as the sticks that are used to make the pigeon’s nest kept falling inside, we did not mind. We did not use the exhaust fan so that the pigeons were safe and eagerly waited for the eggs to hatch.

Every day, Dheer and I to noticed the pigeons, the way it protected its eggs, the way the love spread in the family. Yesterday, to our surprise, we did not see the pigeon  and only then did I realize that this place was used as a temporary shelter for the eggs to hatch. We missed the pigeon but I had a lesson to teach my son.

I drafted it as a kids story, which can be read here. Please do read the blog and spread the love.

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