The year has changed. And with the change in the number, society also changes. In the past, Indian women were limited to the four walls of their home or to the kitchen. But now, hope of independence has arrived. I interviewed a woman from India for the Komorebi Post who has hope in herself and dreams for her future
Attitudes toward Indian women are changing throughout the country
I met Riya Kabra (22), an aspiring chartered accountant (C.A.) who belongs to a Marwari family. Marwaris are people from the Marwar (or Jodhpur) region of Rajasthan, India. The Marwaris are generally very particular about their girls as they have a feeling that girls are not meant to struggle but should be given a princess life.
It is not just the Marwari that think this way, but this view is adopted in much of the country. Parents dream of their daughters’ marriages more than their qualifications. Many girls are still told that they are supposed to get great scores but, in the end, they have to be a good housewife and their prime duty is to keep their husbands and in-laws happy.
“Walk in the light of hope.”
But neither Riya nor her parents felt this was right and she always wanted to fight and make her mark in the society. Her dad has always believed in modernization. He wanted to accept the change and live life according to the times. The country is moving to modernization. The Indian government has even worked to raise awareness about how important it is for parents to educate their daughters and help them become independent.
Riya explained her own aspirations: “I was in my 8th grade and there happened something in my family, which was a major financial crisis and the only person who did not get affected was the only C.A. in my family. And that day, I planned and made sure that I will be this one day and create my respect one day. So, from that time, I took every step that could take my success story.”
“I failed in my final attempt of C.A. [final exam] but my father never let me feel that I failed. He always told me that, ‘failure is just making you strength to carry the success.’ And now when I am moving ahead I proudly see myself building.”
“I feel that we humans can make castles with only a small hope of sand. Every human has to understand that life too short to stay and think negative. Rather than being in the dark zone, why don’t we walk in the light of hope? Maybe we go to a brighter region. And with this little hope in all the girls now girls have achieved so much in India and are doing excellent.”
Riya has now retaken her exam and is awaiting the results.