The ability to eat an endless number of cupcakes and never get fat! There – I cracked it. No? Are we women ever satisfied with what we already have? Hell no. And for our beloved Pune city, we have a long way to go before we can call it the city of our dreams. Yeah yeah, we’re proud and all. But hey, we’re not perfect either. So, on the occasion of Women’s Day, I take the liberty to enlist five things that we, the proud Punekar women, demand in our city.
WE WANT: More Street Shopping Options/ International Brands
Honestly, I’m sick of running to Mumbai every time my wardrobe needs a makeover. While Mumbai has Colaba Cosway, Hill Road, Bandra, Fashion Street, Lokhanwala Road and Link Road, we’re stuck with FC road and Lakshmi Road. While Mumbai has Armani, Jimmy Choo and Paul Smith, we’re stuck with Tommy Hilfiger, Mango and Zara. Well, maybe more! But seriously, how long do we have to wait till we have a few luxury brands in one of our Puneri malls? Nonetheless, I’m hopeful. There will surely come a day when one of my Mumbaikar friends comes to Pune solely for the purpose of shopping.
WE WANT: Better and safer transport for women
Of the women, for the women and now, by the women too! Yes, it’s high time we had women auto drivers, women bus drivers and women cab drivers in our city. Mumbai is all set to have over 300 women auto drivers, whereas, women in Delhi and Bihar are ready to conquer the roads too! While our city has too many plans on hold already, I plead to the government to have women take on the streets of Pune for the sake of our safety. Truth be told, hi-tech GPS and credit card functionality can wait. Make us feel safe first.
WE WANT: People to stop staring at women smokers
Except for the lane adjacent to Vaishali where everybody including stray dogs is seen smoking regardless of the time of the day, women smokers are seen with an evil eye almost everywhere. Now, I understand if you stare at a woman if she’s wearing extremely short shorts. Or, maybe, when she’s having a bad hair day. But, when it comes to smoking, you don’t bother giving a second glance to man. So, why stare at a female smoker? It’s her choice. Let. Her. Be. The city is moving forward and so should you.
WE WANT: Men to stop taking women drivers for granted
No! All women are not bad drivers. And no, you can’t just take us for granted when on the road. We’re as capable of speeding our car as you are. When you see a woman approaching an intersection while you are too, it’ll be nice for a change if you don’t simply assume she’ll halt. And, just because it’s a woman behind the wheel does not mean you can bully your way ahead. Mark my words people, there are women drivers out there who are capable of surprising you on the streets and you don’t want to wait for that to teach you a lesson.
WE WANT: Everybody to stop expecting us to know household work
Yes, I still get those clichéd questions, “Haw! You still don’t know how to make rotis?”, “A woman of your age should learn to keep her kitchen clean”, and my favourite from my own mother, “When I was your age, I was already married and took care of the entire household”. Well, that doesn’t mean I must too, mom! Every woman has a right to set her own priorities. Today, women work as much as men do (sometimes, more). And if you expect us to clean our house and do the dishes right after reaching home, I’m very sorry. We have our own workplace battles to wage on a daily basis and we’d rather have someone else do it for us. Kaamwali maushi zindabad!
Can you think of anything else? Drop in a comment and we’ll see what can be done about it! Oh, and Happy Women’s Day.