This five letter embodies strength, character, morality, kindness and new life. While every woman is beautiful in her own sweet way, there are few women who make their life more beautiful and inspiring through their work. Indian women particularly are stronger, hard working and have a clear sense of judgment.
In 30 years of my life, I have met many women who have given me some of the most important lessons of advice. Women who have shaped me the kind of person I am, but there is one woman who truly remains inspirational. And that is Rekha aunty.
My dad’s best friend’s wife, Rekha aunty is the most educated woman in her in-laws home. Born in an educated family and later married in a business family, she had the best of both the worlds. A demure, beautiful and graceful woman, she always had a thing or two to teach me whenever I met her.
Very little I knew that one day she would be the most inspirational woman I would meet. Following a severe huge loss in business, her husband could hardly make both ends meet for his small family that had a wife and two young boys. From a 5 bedroom villa they now moved to a rented two bedroom apartment. From a sprawling big shop in the centre of the city, uncle now had a small shop at the corner of the street. When I met aunty during this period, I could only see tears in her eyes that she never let out.
‘What next?’ I asked her. ‘I cannot see my family suffering like this. I will do something’, she confidently replied.
In just a few months, she began to learn making stuff toys. She had known how to make a stuff toy earlier but this time she learnt how to do it finely.
Four months later when I visited her, I saw a small room half filled with the cutest and the softest stuff toys one could see. As I entered her home, I had tears in my eyes but I held them within my eyes just the way she had done when I had last met her.
|The yellow monkey is made by Rekha Aunty while I did some creativity to amaze Pahal|
As I sat there, I saw two women who came to buy some stuff toy from her.
‘Show me something different. It is my daughter’s 16th birthday’ demanded one of them.
‘Okay. You may like this doll that symbolizes an independent, young girl going to make a mark in her world’ aunty said pointing towards a doll that she had made. The doll had wheatish complexion, mid size hair and she had a small book in her hand.
The lady immediately liked it and paid for it without bargaining and I just kept watching.
I was amazed at how aunty was expressing herself through her work. When I wanted to leave, aunty asked me to pick a gift for myself.
‘Give me a gift that resembles you because I want to be as a woman as you!’ I said.