challenge, fiction, fsf, gender issues, micro fiction, postaday
What it’s about: Five Sentence Fiction is about packing a powerful punch in a tiny fist.
He hit her across the face, cutting her lip and leaving sullen red marks on her cheek.
As she bent down to pick up the fallen plate, he kicked and she fell in a heap on the rice splattered floor clutching her side.
The next day when people asked, she gave them one of her made up stories, slipped in the bathroom and fell, hit face against the wall in the dark, the door frame came in the way when she turned without looking, the lies coming more easily to her these days.
On stage, the next speaker of the day was announced and the crowd roared in appreciation, clapping enthusiastically to welcome their charismatic leader, the revolutionary they hailed as their savior and harbinger of change.
As she stood listening to him speak, her face and back throbbed reminding her of the conservative heart that beat inside his radical mask.
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What prompted me to write this? It is easy to stand before a crowd and talk of change, root for equality of genders, raise voice against domestic violence. What’s more important is implementing all of it in their own homes. That’s where it should begin. Too many people just talk big, then go back home and treat women like shit.
©Shail Mohan 2016
The different masks that humans wear
Makes one stop in tracks and stare
Behind the front
Hid the runt
Wish she had the courage to lay him bare!
Sandhya Kumar said:
These men support rape saying that men are men…women should be careful! Women are not able to oppose even in their own homes…
sigh I wonder when it will change, when people will actually walk their talk, or at the least shut up if they cant walk it. When will it happen that truth is true, that words have value, that people aspire and work towards noble ideals, that people arent short sighted, escapists.
I was actually in a good discussion today regarding Indian society in general and I am starting to realize it’s harder to break the mold. I don’t think Indian society, or at least the mentality of the older generation will change. I also feel now they are doing a descent job in brainwashing a lot of the younger generation as well. Those who do fight for the better are looked down upon and I doubt their voices will be heard. So rape, domestic violence..etc will continue as it’s a norm, and of course, women carry the burden 😦
In a way, I guess it’s good I really don’t have a place there (mostly because I’m not the type of girl Indian society expects in a girl)
//I also feel now they are doing a descent job in brainwashing a lot of the younger generation as well.//
The sad truth and one that makes me so angry.