29 July 2013 by Priyanka Bhargava | JABALPUR
The intelligentsia of Jabalpur gathered today to give a hand to the launch of The Petticoat Journal, a book which explores a woman’s relationship with money even as she tackles her various personal relationships as a daughter, mother, wife, sister, girlfriend etc. The official launch was initiated by Kala Tiwari, 70, and Saraswati Thapa, 35, two women who are an epitome of women emancipation.
Kala lost her husband 35 years ago the same year that the youngest of her three children was born. Rather than resigning to fate, she decided to fight it. “I realized that the most important thing was to become financially independent,” she tells The Petticoat Journal. Not being adequately educated, she picked up random jobs that came her way. Then, a couple of years later, she came to Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad, Wright Town, Jabalpur. She has been working here since then and all her three sons are well-settled now. However, she continues to work because she feels, “It’s only if I have enough to take care of myself that the world and my children will respect me.”
Saraswati was married off when she was 14 years old and was studying in class 9. “I didn’t want to get married. But I was too young to oppose anything that my parents had decided,” she told The Petticoat Journal. So, she came to Delhi after her marriage only to find out that her husband was an alcoholic and waster. Barely three months after the marriage she came back to her parents’ home never to go back. At that time, she came to know that she was pregnant. She gave birth to a boy and decided to bring him up on her own. Again, money was the most important factor. So, she started working. A little later, “I came to know about Lijjat Papad and joined them.” Her son is now studying in a prestigious commerce college in Jabalpur.
Pushpa Berry, President of Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad, Wright Town, Jabalpur, told The Petticoat Journal, “All the women working here have such stories. They have either been beaten up by their alcoholic husbands or by fate. But they were determined to pick up the straws and move on, move on with dignity.”
Kala Tiwari and Saraswati Thapa were welcomed with a loud round of applause from the audience.
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