Labour Day!

India is celebrating labour day today and as usual my phone buzzes with messages and wishes of ‘Labour day’, as it happens on any specific day or festival. Most of the companies have started this new trend these days, to send texts and images to everyone celebrating and wishing almost every calendar day.  And even today, I did the same with those texts, opened them and simply ignored them. I don’t know why but I am just not very much attracted to these general, yet very formal messages having no personal touch, and I avoid those texts and images which clutter and fill my phone’s space. Most of the times I don’t even download these images, knowing I am going to delete it just the very minute. Call me rude, but what can I say, I do this and I admit it. If it helps, I do write the person a very formal ‘same to you’ in return.

So, today when I was cleaning my phone gallery when a certain picture caught me. I hadn’t even seen who sent me the said picture, but it got into my nerves and had to find out who sent it. Some of you might get the humour, but I didn’t.

The picture that ‘he’ (The fact that it is a he is significant here) sent me with the caption “Happy Labour’s Day” is below:


I don’t know, I was just not in the mood or what, but I didn’t like the relation. The concept that a man is a labour for a woman just doesn’t get in my head. Never!!!!

I didn’t say anything, didn’t react but I played the game and sent him two different pictures with the same caption.

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This sure enraged him. “A woman is never a labour…… she is always respected by good men….. why do women have to always turn this on us…… why can’t they take humour…….”

I laughed my heart out after this, it was hilarious him blurting out. When he did it was fine, but when I did it, it was ‘women always turn it on gentlemen”.

Not sure who couldn’t take the humour. Me or him?

Published by Moushmi Radhanpara

A bilingual writer, Moushmi Radhanpara has authored three poetry collections so far, namely POSIES and 03:21 AM –An Ode to Rust & Restlessness, and Resignation of an Angel. She is also scribbling an unplanned rough draft of a story as a part of NANOWRIMO 2020 and hopes that something might come out of it. She has also co-authored two books, The Lockdown Stories and Mirage so far. Her poetries can be found on her blog and a few other online portals. She believes in the fact that a better reader makes a better writer. Reading a 100 books a year is her latest obsession. She can be found either drunk on coffee or hiding away from everything and admiring the gorgeous sun.

25 thoughts on “Labour Day!

  1. Really….was this sent in humour??!!! God!!! What you did was absolutely correct!!! Absolutely!!!!!! And im so glad you did it rather than not responding and remaining!! 👍 i fail to understand why reality is portrayed in a different way always!! And sometimes for ‘fun’ like this…..on one hand in our society woman are expected to not follow their heart, not study, always dominated by father, brother, husband , in-laws, colleagues…and expected to be like a slave always …do this do that on one command … forced to giveup flourishing careers for sake of marriage…forced to suffer injustice silently….be an actual slave to husband and in-laws…change surname post marriage(the logic of which is still not clear to me after numerous arguments with people!)….follow a particular attire to appear married (again same not for men!)….cover their faces….follow rules and regulations which are ‘only’ applicable to women…and after all this we get such portrayals which are exact opposite!! For ‘fun’! And if anyone responds then that person is considered as someone who cant understand ‘humour’! And this attitude is ingrained from childhood only from what a child sees around and grows up thinking the same that woman is weaker and meant to be ‘ruled upon’! I remember having an argument with a college mate once during placement session when a girl from our college got placed in a big company and later on i heard him saying that a seat is wasted!! Like really??!!! His thought process was a girl cannot and should not get such a good job and it wasted a boy’s chance and i was like if she is getting it then it means she deserves it! Lots of other such stupid arguments and that day I realised all this is coming from family and society only! This has become like something so obvious that even some women support this!! I recently had a big big argument with one of my relatives when she (an old lady) was giving her ‘advise’ to a newly married man on how to ‘control’ his wife from the start only and how to make her do the work, keep her activities under control and clip her wings! It was unbelievable the thinking process of that lady…i dont know what is wrong with her..but then that’s what children learn and this cycle is repeated…and i have seen how badly her daughter-in-law is treated at her home by her son and in-laws!! Worst than a slave and i know one day there is going to be an all out war with me on that!! I know it’s personal matter and i am an outsider…but i dont know till when i can control…Cant tell how frustating all this gets!! Ahhhhh….
    PS: Sorry for the long one…got carried away. Proud of you!! 🙏

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    1. I see you were spent with emotions here. No problem though,
      thank you for sharing your thoughts here.
      I don’t know if it was intended on humor or not, but I think I made my point pretty clear without having to argue any further.

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  2. You are absolutely right. A women doing household works and taking care of family members is not her duty. She is doing as she cares about her family. Other should not regard her as slave. Slave is one who is made to work forcefully. If man is helping women in her work then that doesn’t mean he is slave. Instead say him as Gentleman!

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  3. After reading it I should tell you, you did a fab job…Reacting doesn’t work on these cases Responding to them works…Well done mere cheetah😂😂

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