All that doesn't glitter is not coal.
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When I was a teenager, my mother often talked about how very innocent and trusting I was and how the world didn't function like that. How she'll not be there always to protect me. She believes I haven't changed.
Ten years since, of which 7 years I've lived alone, I've called her to tell about men and heartbreaks, emotional, physical and professional setbacks, ambitions, dreams, desires, etc.
Today, I told her about how yesterday, my consent was breached and my sexuality was violated, how my revolt lacked aggression in the whole incident. She was right, I haven't changed.
I saw the Kali in her.
Amidst all the abuses she threw, the rage and the preachings, the care and constant calls, I remember her saying, "Jab We Met dekha hai, to kya seekha?" (What did you learn from the movie Jab we met?)
I was silent, but I remembered the scene where Geet abuses Anshuman for his cowardice.
Anshuman's cowardice is lesser a flaw/crime than breach of consent.
She reminded me to be the girl I used to be, who pulled a man down from his bike because he was eve teasing her. She reminded me to be the kind of woman she is who punched a man in his face when he tried to inappropriately touch her.
Mother, you'll always be there.
I'll be a better feminist.
I vow today that I'll protect myself and you'll not need to add knots to your palla to ensure my goodwill.
I'm wax, dear mother, and you are my wick.