Lockdown tales continue. As we waited to hear about the government announcement post lockdown 3.0, a new word got thrown at us.”Aatmanirbhar” ..The first thought I had was we are going to be responsible for ourselves and the government was done keeping us safe and locked down. Considering the mad rushes when the liquor shops opened and the Pandemonium it caused, served us right I guessed. But when the whole speech brought up the word more than a dozen times, I realized some analysis and deep delving needed to be done. The fact that it was a pretty loaded Hindi word wasn’t making the task any easier.🤔
Next morning , I discussed this among friends. We spoke and concluded that it meant the husband’s(read men folk) needed to step up, contribute more at home hence the task to become aatmanirbhar was given to them keeping the domestic help unavailability in mind. We were anyway managing almost everything single handedly.😁 Reminding myself to take prompt implementation steps, I spotted hubby dearest sauntering in for mid work snacks, I swiftly slammed the word on him and asked him to follow the minister’s advise and start with doing things himself😎.The poor man didn’t know what hit him and what just happened to his so far sweet wife overnight. Promising to start next day, he convinced me to keep things status quo and cautiously sneaked away.
Now that the ball had been set rolling, hubby reeling from the morning tornado decided to take a few minutes to discuss with his colleagues about this recent development and check if it had impacted them also . Turned out all had similar stories to share and so they debated and concluded that the aatmanirbhar inference definitely was to allow women to get self reliant and handle the home ministry without interference over this period. After all it had been spelt out clearly and was the need of the hour. So give it some time and let them ease into it. Once they (read the women folk)felt comfortable and the task was over,things will be back to normal. After all we had successfully completed other tasks given by the minister earlier too😉.Plan of action was the tea time duties and maybe boiling eggs could be taken up for a couple of days and watch how the situation unfolds..Then revisit the guidelines in a week and take future calls based on progress. Decision taken, work matters started for them as usual.
Night time and my six year old niece calls me ,to gossip a bit.She is my most favourite and honest and smart confidante 😗. I seized the opportunity and asked her what the newly discovered word meant to her.. Her reaction….a a atamm neerbharr..😲 I don’tunderstand it at all athai she rattled out and it struck me , that was the most honest and quickest admission. None of us seem to have understood it and are interpreting it in our own domains while the truth is, becoming self reliant is more of a process and not an overnight task to be accomplished. The word may be used loosely but it has gravitas and whatever sphere of work we may be in, we need to slowly become self reliant to survive and move forward in these times. This task deserves our earnest effort and attention to help the nation tide over the difficult circumstances.