Chitralekha Gujarati issue dated 17th March ’14 - English Summary
On the eve of the International Women’s Day Chitralekha has focused on the uncommon lives of a few common women. They are real women, not like ones glorified in our films, but the women who stay next door. Unlike in the yet-to-be-released film Gulabi Gang where the women protagonists take it upon themselves to make men fall in line, here are some unsung women who have the potential to demonstrate and assert the power of 49. Incidentally, the power of 49 denotes the percentage of women in the next General Elections. In other words they will have a say in formation of our next government.
Today women run taxi, auto, mono rail and the governments. In this cover story six writers ( Ketan Mistry, Ketan Trivedi, Jwalant Chhaya, Faysal Bakili, Chitrangad Jani and Sunil Mankad ) of Chitralekha have pieced together the inspiring stories of six women who though not at exalted status of a celebrity, have made their mark nonetheless. Over to the cover story…
Nikita Mehta is the first among the heroic women written about in this story. In a very short span of time, Nikita climbs the ladder of success in her company and becomes one of the partners in an organization which she initially joined as a mere clerk. Her success saga does not end there, as Nikita, now 42 years old, chooses to do her MBA, as she feels her graduation might be found wanting by the new management that was likely to take over at the time. A good negotiator exuding incredible self-confidence, Nikita is also eyeing to do creative writing course in the future. She however feels that celebrating women’s feats just for a day is grossly unfair. The contemporary woman’s achievements call for a round-the-year celebration, she asserts.
Savitabahen Kolsawala’s story is truly inspiring. Even at 73, she attends her tiles factory at Nandasan village, close to Ahmedabad, instead of busying herself in religious activities. Her argument is that at her age one should be constantly doing something, aiming to achieve something.
As a matter of fact, this positive attitude helped her script a rags-to-riches story in her life. Immediately after marriage, when she realized that it was proving extremely difficult to make two ends meet, she decided to do something to eke out a decent living. She started with scouring and selling burnt-out coals and earning some money at the end of the day. As time passed by, her hard work and some timely help by good Samaritans paid off, and she could build her own tiles factory. Savitabahen Kolsawala is one of those rare women who have broken the glass ceilings to assert their existence in this world which is essentially a male bastion.
For those who have normal sights, it could be difficult to imagine the world inhabited by those who are visually challenged. Devyani Thakore is one such sightless woman who has had to face such cruel and callous mindsets of the sighted at every stage in her life. Determined to take on challenges, Devyani studied in a school where she was the only blind student. Today she has done MA in Gujarati Literature and done her B Ed, too, though at one point skeptics humiliated and told her in the face that women cannot do B Ed. Through courts, she fought her way into the institution.
She is one of those who create paths while treading, instead of opting for an easier course to walk on the trodden path. Meena Fatepara, jagruti Vyas and Pravinabahen Rajgaur’s life stories are no less heroic in true sense of the word.
Instead of resorting to staid tokenism of paying listless tributes to women power and feminine equality, Chitralekha has succeeded in finding and writing about the women who embody all the qualities that a contemporary modern woman would wish to have. They are the ones who lend a meaning to such yearly rituals as the International Women’s Day.
Case of A Corrupt Cop
Mahendra Chavan is a cop who draws Rs 51000 a month, but he has three banks accounts with 16 lakh in deposits and, hold your breath, has property worth over Rs 40 crores…!
In this report filed by Prakash Bambhrolia, we are told about this officer at the Ullhasnagar police station who has recently been nabbed by the anti-corruption bureau while accepting a bribe. However, what looked like an ordinary corrupt cop story is fast emerging to be far more intriguing, as more and more skeletons have started tumbling out of his closet.
It now turns out that the cop was a devious officer who would resort to arm-twisting and blackmailing for money. He is also reported to have cast his evil eye on unsuspecting women who came to lodge complaints at his police station. So far, at least eight women have complained that he had sexually abused them.
Spurt in God Smuggling
The increase in import duty on gold has led to a sudden spurt in gold smuggling. Those descending from abroad feel tempted to smuggle in gold in order to avoid having to pay increased custom duty. Among the cities at the receiving end of renewed smuggling, Ahmedabad figures prominently.
In this story, Mahesh Shah cites several cases of smuggling where the smugglers have used creative methods to circumvent the law.
Rajkot: Gold Jewellers Targeted Again
On one hand gold smuggling is on the rise in Gujarat, on the other, jewelers based in Rajkot appear to be on the radar of robbers who strike in broad daylight and decamp with booty with impunity.
The latest incident that happened on close heels of the murder of a gold jeweler and loot of the gold he possessed has put a scare among the city’s jewelers. The audacious strike happened when the jeweler brothers were on their way to their showroom when they were intercepted by a gang of masked robbers, who put a firearm on their forehead and fled with gold.
While the earlier cases have not yet been cracked, the latest one has understandably made the traders nervous. Police on their part feel that the handiwork does not bear the ‘local’ stamp. It appears to have been executed by gangs coming from other states.
Apart from the above there are two stories that are quite topical and in the news. One is on N D Tiwari (by Mahesh Shah) who has finally relented and accepted that advocate Rohit Shekhar with whom he was locked in a protracted paternity suit is really his son. The other story (by Hiren Mehta) is on the state of affairs with our submarines that got a further hit with the latest incident involving Sindhuratna.
Besides, the issue also carries Political & Humour columns, Palak, Cardiogram, Priyadarshini, new chapter of serialized novel, Health Helpline, Jalsaghar and Mukhwas
Accept your past with no regrets. Take on the Present with full self-confidence and face the future without any fear, then nobody can stop you from becoming happy..!!