Short Skirt

While strolling in the market, Neelam suddenly stumbled upon a mannequin outside the Clothes store. Although she didn’t suffer from any injury, but the displayed short skirt on the mannequin was all spoiled with the kulfi (ice cream) she was happily munching in such a sweltering hot weather. ‘ Madam Ji, Where are you lost?. Your kulfi has spoiled this short skirt. Do u even know how expensive this is? It is of no use to us now. You will have to buy it’, a man in the mid fifties who was the owner of the shop was shouting at her. The thought of buying a short skirt made Neelam awestruck. Before she could say something, she was handed over a polythene with the spoiled short skirt and was forced to pay for the same. On the way back home, Neelam couldn’t help but memorise her past encounters with the short skirt.

“Ma, I want a pink short skirt this year for my birthday present’, a chirpy 10 year old Neelam told her mother one day. Ma was shocked and Dadi who overheard this got a chance to taunt her mother, ‘This is the reason you are sending her to School and these are the moral values you are imparting her.’ Neelam knew the answer and pretended to be happy when her Ma gifted her a Pink sequinned Salwaar Kameez on her birthday.

“Ma Papa, all my friends are wearing skirt on farewell party. Can I also wear the same?”, a 16 year old Neelam who aced her high school board examinations requested her parents. “ No ways, the girls of our family never wear such kind of clothes. We are from a traditional and respectable family. You have done great in studies but this doesn’t mean that you will start insulting us now’, her father told her. She was once again made to wear a Silk Salwar Kameez at the party and she can never forget that day when she became a subject of mockery amongst all her so called friends.

“Ma, don’t worry I will be alright. No one from our family lives here. And all my friends wear such kind of clothes only”, a rebellious 24 year old Neelam assured her mother after buying her very first short skirt in a metropolitan city of Mumbai where she went to pursue her post graduation. That very day while she was roaming around one of the beaches in Mumbai with her friends, few men tried to physically molest them. Although she and her friends were rescued by the people around, Neelam was hell scared and she remembered how everyone was blaming them for their chosen attire.

“Ma, What have you bought for me?” Neelam’s 15 year old daughter asked her when she reached home. “Oh It’s a short skirt. Thank you so much Maa. It’s so hot na. I knew you would buy it for me since u got shorts for Bablu yesterday”, her daughter couldn’t hold her excitement. Neelam was quiet and was thinking who was at fault: The Summer season, the short skirt, the women or some evil men of our society.

This post is a part of the blog train where 24 awe-inspiring bloggers are going to share their story of ‘Summer’. Hop on the train to read some amazing blogs. This ‘Summer Blog Train’ is organised by Neha Sharma from Growing with Nemit.

I want to thank Kriti who blogs http://www.desiflavorsoflife.wordpress.com for introducing me in her blog post. Now the train will move on to the station of Sonam Jain of The Magic Platter . Do show some love to her blog post as well.

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42 Comments Add yours

  1. Sonam says:

    Our society comprises of Right wrong.. good bad.. But I guess that should not stop for what you want to wear.. Be brave, be positive, be yourself.

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    1. True that… Self confidence is what matters the most.. Thank u for reading..

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  2. alpanadeo says:

    How subtly have you presented a serious topic. You are right who is the culprit? I had the same conversation about we keep on telling our girls to dream up properly, not going out late at night but why so many restrictions? Why can’t they be tension free? Why the parents cannot be at teach until the girl reaches home safely..why?

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    1. Exactly. That’s what I always think.. We may think ourselves to be too modern or cool but when it comes to our girls, we often feel insecure.. Why though?

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  3. Disha says:

    Its time we stop blaming the clothes for all the evil. Your post is thought provoking.

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    1. Thank you for giving it a thought.. True that.. It’s high time our society gets over the fuss of clothing choices of any person.

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  4. That was indeed a crisp take on the society we live in. I am still not sure whom to blame!!! Guess I never will know the answer either!

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    1. Exactly.. Same here.. This is the dilemma I am always in. We can’t uproot all the evil men from our society..

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  5. Sumira Bhatia says:

    What an interesting take on the prompt! Loved your post

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    1. Thank you so much dear 💕

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  6. Nicy says:

    I think this is the story of every woman in India.. it is our clothes that are being blamed not the intentions of men.

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  7. Neha Sharma says:

    This is one topic which makes me hate myself being a woman. It’s not about the dress, it’s about belonging to the fairer sex, that we are not given respect, which we deserve. And it will remain this way until we women take charge of our lives as well as decisions.

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  8. A thought provoking little piece of fiction. With passing years, Indian society is becoming awfully backward. I’m glad I don’t live in India any more. I just get angry when I think about the way things stand for women there.

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  9. kritigupta says:

    You have spun a fiction based on harsh reality of this society. I second Neha here. These restrictions and conservatism have been faced by me as well and many times makes me feel less. High time that we did our part to revolutionize the society and bring a mindset shift. Loved your interpretation of Summer

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  10. Very interesting and thought provoking….

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  11. prismaroundgurjeet says:

    Hi,this remind me of my conservative family thought specially dad. Even today is tabbu in my family cut sleeve short skirt. My dad always say after marriage if ur hubby allows then wear not here

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  12. Really you had touched such a sensitive topic, and I agree, it is the harsh reality of our so-called modern society. you had narrated it so wonderfully. loved your writing style and looking forward to reading more from you.

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    1. Thank you so much dear 💕

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  13. Such a deep thought…now i am fan of your writing skills…more power to you

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    1. Thank you so much dear 💕

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  14. Some serious food for thought you have given through this simple story.

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  15. I love reading these beautiful short stories you have been putting up on the blog. Lovely ready and quite thought-provoking too.

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  16. Priya says:

    And it goes one! Generation after generation. It is high time we as a soceity stopped blaming women/ girls and their choice of clothes for the harrassment they face.

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  17. How beautifully you wrote this short story which is so thought-provoking and isn’t it what all girls thoughts revolve around it,

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  18. I really enjoy reading this short beautiful post. Very provoking and you really had a great writing skill.

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  19. priyalpoddar says:

    That’s true self confidence is what needed ….
    And society should stop blaming women and girls for their dressing and outfits

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  20. yogitaamitjoshi says:

    Thia short story is so thought-provoking.. loved ur post and way u write up😍

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  21. Hema says:

    This is such a sensitive topic. U hv beautiful presented it. Kudos to u

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  22. Snigdha says:

    Love the way you have puut such a sensitive topic in a story way.. really appreciable

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  23. Anchal says:

    I loved the concluding statement. It gives a gist of what exactly the mother felt

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  24. Every girl can relate to this story. It is the story of every woman’s life.

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  25. TheMomSagas says:

    Such a thought-provoking piece! A serious topic dealt subtly and interestingly.

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  26. Neha says:

    A nice take on the societal system. I agree that this is a problem world over. It’s easier to blame the victim but we need to understand the world is full of good, bad and grey. While we can’t uproot evil, we can certainly make our children boys and girls more aware, responsible and positive

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  27. Its never the short skirt but the mentality always but still short skirt is blamed. I love reading your posts so much .

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  28. Tina Basu says:

    This is the story of every woman. Quite a thought-provoking story.

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  29. It was a piece of fiction but very close to reality. Excellent writing, loved the built up to the story.

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  30. I love your writing style Amitoj. Hope to see a book with your name on it some day

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    1. That’s a real complement… Thank you so so much.. Hopefully your prediction comes out true..

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  31. Deepika says:

    Love your creative writing style. Keep it up!

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  32. momtasticworld says:

    Each story od yours shares a thought-provoking message. SImple yet effective writing. Kudos!

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