Sunday, May 18, 2008

Education ... really!!!!


The first time he set eyes on her he couldn't help wondering was there anything cuter in this world, she seemed like a fairy that descended from heavens just to make his life happier and he felt so filled with love for this small sweet cute bundle of joy... his daughter!!!

He wanted her to grow up into what all she wanted... wanted to fulfill all her dreams... wanted to find her the knight in shining armor... wanted her to live a life beyond anyones dreams... wanted to let the fairy rise and fly all over the world...

He gave her everything.. all he could all she wanted but then she grew up... and time to find that knight of dreams neared... she wanted to fly more be the best amongst many, she had proved her worth but he could no longer bear to let her live her dreams, not because they were preposterous or worthless but because he had set aside 10 lakh rupees for her marriage half as an expense and the other half as the cost of the knight... if she flew higher the knight would have to be a higher up and would be more costly and he could no longer afford to let her be the best... he was contemplating forcing her daughter to be mediocre so that he could buy the knight for him...

P.S. Based on a true incident of a father who was desperately trying to get his daughter married and in his desperation told her that it would have been better if he would have married her off after 12th the knight would have cost only a lakh then... with every new qualification she gains he becomes more costly and more elusive....

In today's world when girls are supposed to believe they are equals incidents like these happen everyday and living in midst of such happenings who would believe the "say no to dowry", "embrace a girl child" campaigns when every qualification that the guy gains increases his value and every qualification that the girl gains is a added burden on the already burdened and worried father who wants to give his fairy the best but can no longer afford it....

Is that what education reduces us to... mere greedy souls who want to put a price to their children's dreams? Or does the major half of the population seek education to increase their stock price??

1 comment:

Aditi Mathur said...

A very poignanat piece.... must say it shook me!