Why My Vacations Suck!

There I said it. My vacations suck…no wait…technically I don’t get to have vacations. All I have are endless days of not doing anything but staring at the TV or the laptop. I spend my college hours dreaming of the perfect vacation-making plans that are fool-proof except for the parental approval stamp, checking out tourism sites, even picking out a wardrobe & most importantly bragging before friends-only to land back to earth with a thump that resonates all through the holidays. This summer it was Goa. My friends had been calling me for ages & one of my old “BFF” had suddenly rediscovered my existence too. I had it all planned. For lack of company I’d even compromised & agreed to rope in an ex! But my Mom kicked up such a fuss almost as if she were sending me to war. Case closed.
Then came winter & a chance remark from Papa sent me to Andaman Islands-in my dreams that is… I spent my pre-exam-desperate-revision time browsing the tourist spots of the islands & pestering another classmate who’d been there already. I was picking out ideal packages for scuba diving when Mom declared we are not going. I tried to blackmail ( threats of eating up all food in the house…didn’t want to fast, one Anna Hazare in the country is enough). I tried to cajole & tempt Mom with promises of doing all the housework…but nah! To top it off I have a good-for-nothing sister who refuses to leave the house unless there’s any natural calamity. So this winter too I am stuck home with nothing to do. What better way to numb a mind & kill all creativity?
I won’t call this phase writer’s block, its more like a famine of ideas & lack of anything exciting happening to me-except the really surprising runners-up prize from Indiblogger & Dove. I think that shall be the hallmark of 2011 for me.
Now that I have ranted I feel much lighter. I shall get back to form as college begins, till then dear reader do excuse your truly!
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P.P.S: A belated Merry Christmas. May you shed all the weight you gained this Christmas in 2012 😛

Why this “Happy Period” is such a misnomer …

I’m sure many of us (women specially) must have questioned the concept of having a “happy period”. How can a human being entertain the remote idea of feeling happy when in pain? So why not actually turn the concept into something closer, like making it official that a female can take a paid leave from work when in her periods? We have maternity leaves-nowadays even for men, so why would one day a month taken off work/school/college be such a big deal?

While its true that not all women encounter pain during this time, I’ve seen many friends facing such horror that they are actually bedridden especially on the first two days. Someone explain to me why isn’t this considered as an actual medical issue & why do women feel so uncomfortable clarifying the reason when they take leave during such cases? In co-ed schools girls skip P.E classes giving any excuse but this. If you have loose motion of course you won’t announce it to the world, but why go such great lengths to hide it when you have periods? Using blue liquid in sanitary pads’ ads is understood but using flu as an excuse to skip work/college during periods-why?

The fact that women haven’t been stereotyped as being anything but delicate amuses me. We bleed for 5 whole days every damn month, carry around babies weighing 3-4kgs & later give birth to them at great risk to our own body for this?! So I don’t see why getting an official leave for menstrual pain will hamper any woman’s image- we are already cast as the damsel in distress! If anything having a menstrual cycle only reflects a healthy reproductive system-something we should be proud of, right?

Just a day off at this time always feels like a blessing to us. I myself feel so relieved when I get it on a weekend. No sitting through an hour long lecture cursing myself for wearing a cream coloured kurta! No sudden cramps that make it difficult to even sit still or have a conversation without contorting my face & sending a wrong message across. I usually tell people the truth if that happens & earn an empathetic look or a blah-blah-don’t-wanna-hear-more look depending on the gender of the person.

So here it is-lets have an official leave-just one day off, that’s all I ask. Our feminism isn’t just reflected in our curves & so-called assets, menstruating every month is also a part of who we are. If we can flaunt our bodies with style, why hide when we have periods?

And for the men who may mock the idea of taking a leave during periods, boy you need to get a menstrual cramp first & then we’ll see if you don’t come crying to mama!