Monday, 25 April 2016

Passport to freedom ... Of late I have been bugged by a strange phenomenon that has sparked my pen. Sanctity of marriage, endless love, forever yours, eternal romance, oneness of soul etc have been wishwashed by the post modernism label of independent entity. Well, one may wonder at what exactly I'm trying to pinpoint at. I hope I'm not going against feminists. The avant garde widows definitely have graduated their life towards high_end Technorati realm. You may ask, "How is that possible?' Yes, this is the the reality now. With a secured bank balanced they are leveraging their life with a new lease...refurbishing either their house or wardrobe, joining posh clubs, kitty parties, visiting foreign shores and living life to the fullest. Nonchalant and unperturbed, they are unleashing their new found energies in various ways to keep their daily regime active. They regularly browse the social media to keep themselves at par with modernity. Mourning for their once loved hubbies have become outdated and they fill the void not with memories of the past but living in the present. Positive and pragmatic, not overtly romantic and sentimental. The new life holds great potential for them as they are able to lead an independent life without any intervention of the spouse. Children too are freed from the encumbrence of the whines and wails of their widowed moms. Great! They are pursuing the latest trends to keep themselves preoccupied. What is amiss in the scenario is the absence of absolute devotion towards their posthumous partner. Where has loyalty vanished? In many cases, faith too. At least, the elderly ladies should lead a life of simplicity and dignity instead of a life of extravaganza. It is understandable in the cases of young, unfortunate women who have been widowed untimely. But I fail to understand how the so called wealthy senior citizens embark on newfound adventures and seek excitement after the tragic separation from their spouses? Living forty or fifty years with their husbands they are suddenly excited at the prospect of leading a better life based on their terms and conditions. Am I being sarcastic or narrow minded? Not sarcasm really but the lack of love I would say which they professed earlier. The gossipy fervour at kitty parties revolve around the perennial topic about how free they are from the mundane tasks...taking care of their ailing husbands, domesticity, earlier lack of time for themselves, lack of freedom etc . etc. Now they are totally free from the clutches of slavery, domesticity and bondage! Ufff! Absolutely free, they have now the liberty to decision making and power over the monetary affairs. Phenomenal! So widows, or perhaps I should label them as the avant garde ladies, who are now taking unprecedented stride towards making womenkind proud with their new found achievements.


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