I never got a chance to write about the theme of my challenge because I subscribed to it quite late. Thus, before talking about reflections, I would like to write a bit about my theme first.
If you have been following my posts, you must have already acknowledged that I have been writing about social issues and ailments that women in India have to face (of course, some of the posts I have written hold true for the situation of women throughout the world). Every day, I find some or the other news where a woman was molested, teased, exposed to torture or violence, news of female foeticide, news of domestic violence, news about sexual discrimination and what not. Frankly, it upsets me a lot. But, what upsets me more is how false cases are filed by women to satisfy their evil intentions. Due to few such women, the real issues are suppressed. The same problem is ignited by some women who can’t acknowledge the meaning of feminism and thus the invented term – feminazi.
Many real issues prevail in our society. Female empowerment is not just limited to telling people that a visible bra strap should not conjure male attention or that sex outside the marital bounds is your choice. It does not come with generalizing men and bashing them all. It’s about standing shoulder to shoulder with men who have a similar aim (banishing gender discrimination) and working together towards the cause to uplift the status of women overall.
Anyhow, let me not delve too deep into that. Through the 26 posts for the A to Z Challenge, I have tried to capture 26 feelings (or emotions) of women confronted with an issue (often crime).
Coming to the reflection, it was certainly a difficult task to write 26 posts in a month, that too when I’m working now and time has become kind of a luxury, but I survived the challenge. Through the challenge, my posts gained a good amount of exposure. Many bloggers commented with their opinions, and it was a great insight into how my thoughts co-relate with the rest of the people. It was surprising that so many readers actually thought I was writing my own story. Well, I’m a guy (evident with the two pictures on top) and the stories that I wrote were fictional based on some real happenings that I came across over the internet. Nevertheless, that actually made me glad that the stories were realistic on that level.
The idea behind choosing this theme was to create an awareness into what all things are happening around us. May be, we can stop them. May be we can raise a voice against that. May be, we can practically go to places and raise awareness.
Through the challenge, I got connected to so many bloggers and even read many posts. However, I failed to read so many people and so many posts that I should have to return the love back to those awesome bloggers who took so much time to actually read my scribbles.
This is the first time I have taken up the challenge and I’m glad I was able to complete it. Thank you so much A to Z team and thank you so all the bloggers.
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