If I Could Give One Gift

December 7, 2019

If I could give one gift…

It would be keys

to a girl.

For her to drive

her own destiny.

Because ladki hai, yeh lakdiyon ke kaam nahin hain                                             

aakhir hai to ladki

even as she pays for your so(i)ns

with smothered thoughts and burnt limbs

and your boys who will always be (your) boys

and so shall inherit your entire earth

and now

our girls are coming home no more.








[WORDS DO MATTER! This post is written for the 3rd edition of #WordsMatter linkup hosted by Corinne, Parul and Shalini. The prompt for this edition of #WordsMatter linkup is ‘If I Could Give/Receive One Gift’]

I received this tag from Nikita Dudani from Aakruti Tarot and Reiki Center. It’s my pleasure to pass on this tag to Anjana at Myriad Musings. There are 25 of us on this Blog Hop and it is spread over 3 days – 6, 7, 8 December 2019. Do follow the #WordsMatter Blog Hop, you’ll love our musings!


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  • Reply Esha M Dutta December 8, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Very powerful words, Pragya! I couldn’t agree more. It does make one’s blood boil to see the recent happenings. One wonders when this will eventually stop!

  • Reply Reema D'souza December 8, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    That is a powerful poem. The recent happenings in our country are so horrifying. I just hope that things will get better.

  • Reply Jyothi Nair December 8, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    That is a powerful set of words Pragya! In the times that we live in, this is very apt too. It is such a fearful thought.

  • Reply Geetanjali December 8, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Concise and powerful. Loved it.

  • Reply Shilpa Garg December 10, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Very powerful and empowering words, Pragya. Just what we need!!

  • Reply Corinne Rodrigues December 14, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Oh yes! I wish we could wish away all the violence and patriarchal behaviour that women are subjected to.

  • Reply Tanushi December 18, 2019 at 8:17 am

    Beautifully written Pragya… Loved it ?

  • Reply Geethica Mehra December 20, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    This is such a nice thought. A gift to open acceptance for a girl as she is and let her what she wants to do.

  • Reply Apeksha Rao January 7, 2020 at 4:44 am

    What a powerful poem, Pragya! It is so sad that in these days when women are supposed to be empowered, we are still nothing but commodities for men, to be used and trashed as they like.

    • Reply Pragya Bhatt January 7, 2020 at 7:39 am

      Yes, the only thing we can do is stand up for ourselves and other women every single time we can.

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