“I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question.” Harun Yahya’s moving quote sums up the concept of freedom in a handful of words. But, is it the same for everyone? We asked a few Punekars and they sure had different things to say.
Priyanka Bajaj, Fashion student
Freedom to me is the ability to make your own choices. Even slavery can equal freedom if that’s what you want.
Saahil Sharma, IT Professional
No bar, no restriction, no limitations. To live your life your way is what freedom is. I don’t have an issue with rules. I have issues with limitation. I want to fly without having to think about anyone else in the world.
S Ramamurthy, Chemist
Chuck the rules us humans have to live with and I’ll be happy to live the life I’m leading. Freedom for me is to break free from the boundaries and run away. When I’m 65, I don’t want to regret the things I didn’t do when I had a chance. Sadly, life doesn’t work that way.
Jahnvi Shinde, Content Writer
Freedom? I don’t think we’ll ever taste it in this age. However, I think it’s to live without worrying about consequence. The ability to do whatever it takes to live life to the fullest, without looking back. That’s freedom for me.
Radhika Saghvi, Photographer
Being able to be myself at all times means freedom to me. As long as I’m not hurting anybody’s feelings, it’s important for me to be able to live, speak and act the way I want. I’m not even good at something as trivial as giving a fake smile; I have to make a conscious effort to do that even!
Shalini Dasgupta, Chef
Freedom for me means to travel and see the world. When the time comes to choose a life partner, I will only settle for one who will be alright with that, even if, at times, he isn’t able to join me. I have a list of places I want to visit and I’m already done with the first two; Jordan and Istanbul!
Payal Israni, Management Student
I want to live life to the fullest! That’s what freedom means. I want to keep studying, skydive, learn at least 2 music instruments, speak minimum two foreign languages fluently and live in various countries for a couple of years each. We’ve reached a stage where a woman can do all of the above, and more, without the world frowning upon her.
Arti Prasad, Journalist
If I feel like having a cup of chai at a tapri in the middle of the night and I’m able to do it without worrying about what dangers a woman might face out there at the time; it’s freedom. It’s really as simple as that.