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poetry

Coming back to life

It's been a long journey
And no rest
Countless maples fallen at a breath,
The silence of the road
With fireflies at sides
Disordered thoughts
Brimming the river of quests.

A wanderer in the mist
Treading on the unmetalled sides,
With pebbles and dirt only to guide.
Winds screaming loud; out
Their zest,
And crashing thunders, strike
Lightning in her chest.

She halted for a while
And looked above
With her stretched arms
And cramped curves;
As a ray of light
Weeping out from holes of
green blades,packed in
bunches spread for a shade.

She packs her heart
Even tighter this time
A brand new dust
ahead her climbs,
A long journey served
For a better destiny to find
And a beauty,one of its kind.

Hello my fellow bloggers,

I hope you’re doing fine, I really missed y’all, and yes also the awesome write ups that you must have shared all this while, have been off beat the world of blogging and reading stuff here. Hoping to be back here slowly now.

Was busy with my chores and daily whines, lot of work was lined up and time just flew like that. Anyway, hoping to be reading out the works of yours. I am sorry if I didn’t like or comment on your posts till now but now I will cherish reading them slowly and also writing a little bit from now on. So hello all, it’s amazing to be back with you all and please take care of yourself and your family.

Lots of love,

Yours,

Sapna

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Red Dot

“She was playing in the fields
It was five in the eve
Sharing chuckles and giggles with her peeps,
Suddenly, her eyes see her pants bleed.
She wasn’t informed of-
About these monthly norms, so
Befuddled! She runs, with a
A timorous sob,
And shows her mother
Her imbrued shorts.

Hush Hush, she was told
To grab the piece of cloth
From a 12 year old,
you are now a lady grown!
Prepare with adornments
For your ceremonial flaunts
It’s a monthly deal, your body has owned.

And this ‘Red dot’ shows up
Every 28 days like the moon is sought.
But with these 5 days,
Many social stigmas are brought,
Prejudices and discrimination heavies her bloat.
Towels torn to be used for repititive clots.
Unaware about the hygiene
Her life is though put, on a Risky shot.

Infrastructure, sanitary supplies,
Medications are needed a lot,
Be aware not hide, cause
Periods are not a shame
Or a taboo to be thought!”

I am a little late in posting this but, Better late than Never.
I think almost every woman who reads my post here, is privileged enough to get the necessary supplies for her menstrual hygiene but I believe she must be certainly connected to women( like helpers, cooks, maids, any friend, acquaintance,e.t.c) who don’t have much access/ awareness about the importance of menstrual hygiene. And I too participate in spreading information about this, which is crucial in this time of adversity. Doing my duty as a Netizen, for those who are deprived of their Fundamental Rights.

‘Periods in pandemics’
The pandemic has adversely affected millions of women and girls from economically disadvantaged sections of the society who are finding it difficult to manage their periods safely, hygienically and with dignity.

The UNICEF-launched a week-long campaign #RedDotChallenge for ensuring all girls manage their periods safely.

The campaign was launched ahead of the Menstrual Hygiene Day — to recognise the importance of menstrual health and hygiene issues and bring to attention the difficulties faced by adolescent girls, further exacerbated amidst the crisis.

The theme for this year’s MHD was ‘Periods in pandemics’.

The Menstrual Hygiene Day is an annual event which was initiated in the year 2014 by the German based NGO WASH United which aims to benefit women and girl worldwide through their awareness programme. May 28 was selected as the day to acknowledge that 28 days is the average length of the menstrual cycle.

India is also participating in the campaign through social media, many celebrities including the former Miss World Manushi Chhillar  have come up with their posts of awareness.

Indian Railways took the initiative to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene among women passengers on Shramik trains.

Assam Branch of Indian Tea Association (ABITA)-UNICEF celebrated Menstrual Hygiene Day in various tea gardens (ABITA) with the sole objective of creating awareness among the tea garden community on ‘Menstrual Hygiene Management’.

You may Read Covid-19-periods-in-pandemic-9-things-to-know

About this crisis in African countriesI have started.

Also some Indian government schemes associated with this mission.

Menstrual Hygiene Scheme by Indian government

If you wish you may share this post and spread the word, if you have suggestions, do comment below and please I request to talk to women or girls who work under you about their conditions. May be you can help them in some way. Thank you.

Thanks for reading.

Ps: I forgot to mention out something, yes I know Men might hesitate to share these talks straightaway with women, thinking they might offended or something. I can still help you in participating, so this month, when you give your helpers(male) or your employees a salary, do gift them a packet of sanitary napkin with piece of advice to protect their wives’ or loved one’s health.

Thank you again.

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16 Adornments

मैं इश्क़ करने से डरता नहीं,
वो इश्क़ में फनाह कर देंगी, खौफ इस बात का है।

में उनका इंतज़ार करने से मुकरता नहीं,
वो इंतज़ार में श्रृंगार से तबाह कर देंगी, डर तोह इस बात का है ।

© 2020 Khwabo ka Sapna

Hello Everyone,

Hope you are doing fantastic!

Almost every girl in India has played a game called ‘Ghar-Ghar’ where in she will dress up nicely with all the makeup and do the house hold activities with her fellow friends. So Today I am going to share about a ritual which every Indian Woman  cherishes to do in her life.

We know Brides of India, dress up on the day of wedding or festivals and put 16 Adornments or Solah Shringar to give them a Goddess-like Aura. So I am going to give an insight to what the Shringaar looks like.

Solah Shringar means 16 Bridal Adornments that include sixteen steps that women follow for her beautification from head to toe. Maharani or Queens of medieval times in India used to perform the Solah Shringar whenever they made public appearances.

Pre-Solah Shringar

Traditionally, before commencing the Shringar oiling and washing of the hair is done. The complexion of the bride is then enhanced with ubtan or Angrag. It is made by mixing  sandalwood, kaliyak, agaru, turmeric powder, gram flour and oil,  It was made in different types for use in winter and summer. Both men and women used it for fragrance and coolness. And then follows her ceremonial bath.

Then she adores herself with the Shringaar along with her Bridal/festive dress.

16 Adornments Include:

1. Bindi

Bindi

The bride wears a big bindi/Dot between her eyebrows. Traditionally, it used to be applied with the help of the vermilion powder, but now the gem-encrusted bindis are popularly used.

Significance It is said that the Bindi is applied where the ‘Agya Chakra’ exists. The Agya Chakra is situated in the middle of the forehead, between the eyebrows. It is also known as the “third eye”. The Agya Chakra is the centre of clarity and wisdom. Hence For concentration of the Mind, Bindi is included.

2. Sindoor/Vermilion Powder

Sindoor

Sindoor or vermillion is a red-colored powder that is applied on parting of the bride’s hair. it is worn by Married women only.

Significance– This ritual has a sacred significance. The color red denotes marriage and the well-being of the husband.

3. Maang Tikka

Maang Tikka

Maang tikka is a hair accessory that adorns the forehead of the bride.  It is usually made out of gold and precious gems.

Significance– This ornament increases the charm of the bride as it highlights her face.

4. Anjana or Kajal

Kajal

Eyes are accentuated with Anjana or Kohl or Kajal,which is applied on the edges of the eyelids to make the eyes look attractive. Earlier, Kajal was prepared by collecting the soot of an earthen lamp by lighting a wick in clarified butter or ghee.

Significance-It is put to protect from Evil eye.

5. Nath or Nose Ornament

Nose RIng

The bride also wears a nose ring which provides the traditional ethnic Indian look. The ornate nath, which is comprised of clusters of gems or pearls, is supported by a gold chain, which is fastened behind the ear for support.

Significance- It is believed in Ayurveda, that if the nose is pierced on or near a particular node on the nostril, it gives relief in the pain during periods. Also, another theory holds that piercing must be done on the left nostril as the nerves on that side connect to the female reproductive organs and thus, during childbirth, the pain is comparatively less.

6. Haar or Necklace

MangalSutra

A souvenir from the husband to his wife is Mangalsutra, – necklace made out of gold and black beads.

Significance-The Haar or the necklace is another adornment which is symbolic of prosperity. 

7. Karn Phool or Ear Ornaments or Earrings

earring

Karn Phool or earrings is another important element of Bride’s makeover. It is worn complementing the haar or necklace. They are also Called Jhumkas and are indispensable for a woman doing the Shringaar

Significance-According to Ayurveda, the lobe of the ear has an important point right in the center. This point is one of the most important areas for reproductive health. Moreover, piercing of ear also helps maintain a healthy menstrual cycle in females. It is said that when people wear earrings, the flow of energy is maintained in their bodies.

 8. Mehendi

Mehendi/Henna

Applied on hand and feet in beautiful designs is an element that makes the bride look different from the rest with her feet and arms.

Significance- The red, brown/maroon color of Mehendi is considered to be auspicious and signifies love between the couples.

9. Choodiyan or Bangles

Bangles

In Bengali/ North eastern cultures of India, women wear Shankha Pola and Loha, bangles made of Shell, Lac and Iron to convey their married status. Women from Punjab wear Chudas, red and white bangles made of ivory and embellished with semi-precious stones, to symbolize their married statuses. Bangles of green, red ore maroon colors adds a Goddess like beauty to a woman

Significance-It is mandatory for the bride to wear bangles, which signify the long life and prosperity of her groom.

10. Baajuband or Armlet

Armlet

Bajuband, also known as armlets, is worn by the bride on the upper part of the arm.  It is common to see Rajasthani and South Indian brides wear them.  Baajuband is either made of gold or silver and can be embellished with gems or pearls.

Significance-The area where Bajuband is worn is an acupressure point which helps women fight many physical problems like Headache, Muscle and bone pain.

11. Aarsi & Haathphool

Haathphool

Haathphool are the eight rings (barring the two thumbs) that the bride wears on both her hands.  These are attached to a central flower adornment on the upper part of the hand.  Apart from wearing eight rings in the fingers, the bride also wears the Aarsi which is the thumb ring

Significance- Aarsi is usually set with a mirror which enables the bride to get a glimpse of the groom. The reason behind this was that earlier, the brides had veils which did not give them an opportunity to see their husband to be.

12. Keshapasharachana or Hair Accessory

Hair Accessory

This stands for the hair adornment. Jasmine flowers are traditionally used because of their long lasting fragrance.

The Jadanagam of South India, or, literally, the hair-serpent, is worn by brides to decorate braided hair. The rakkadi at the back of the head in the shape of the sun, symbolic of brilliance and power, is followed by the crescent moon, evocative of calm and peace. The third piece is the fragrant thazhambu flower (screwpine).

Significance- to enhance the beauty.

13. Kamarband or Waist Accessory

Waist Accessory

Kamarband is the waistband that enhances the graceful shape of a female silhouette. This ornament is made out of gold and embellished with gems. Significance-This ornate belt also helps in keeping the dress or sari in place.

14. Payal

Payal Anklet

Payal also known as anklets are chains of silver or gold with chiming beads and designs hanging to it.

Significance- While, the bride walks in these anklets, it signifies the entry of Goddess Lakshmi.

15. Bichuas 

Toe RIng

Stands for toe rings which are made in either silver or gold.

Significance-They are usually worn on the second toe and are significant of married life.

16. Itar or Scent

Scent

Itar or scent or perfume is another element of the Solah Shringar

Significance-It lets out a fragrance which keeps the bride smelling good throughout the long duration of wedding rituals.

This Completes 16 Adornments, they may slightly vary from culture to culture in India some may add Lipsticks. Nail paints etc but overall this whole Shringaar holds a prominent significance to the entire womanhood in the country.

And love, when added on with the adornments, Completes her Beauty.

Thanks for Reading!