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International Girl's Day

Among a dozen shrubs and thorns, something idiosyncratic was born. She stood still watching the boy walk past her to school, while she was deemed nothing but a propagule. In multitudes, he conquest the thrones’ positions While rang in her ears in manifold the, “You belong in the kitchen's.” But not one vine had the strength to hold her back, This time she stood, but tall and high, Combating for her virtues and rights, Whilst bearing on her bosoms, a child!

“I tell my story not because it is unique, but because it is the story of many girls,” articulated Malala Yousafzai in front of thousands; No! millions, after being curtailed off education. Why? because somehow gender had something to do with knowledge. Stereotypes are omnipresent, usurping all the way from play toys to LaCroix. You name it, it’s already on the list. A quantum leap against all gender norms is one of the most astonishing, profound qualities I came across while interviewing the girls of Seekh! Destroying the typecast of “sports are masculine” with her hockey stick, Shivani Anil Paila – a state level hockey victrix ludorum held her golds high whilst playing the Moonlight Sonata on her Piano.

Girls are fragile said a few, but Sarmila modified the bigoted conventional definition anew. At the bare age of 15, not only did she manage to top all her classes but also make time to seam out alluring attires with lace and became the bread winner of her family by merchandizing them. Marginalized public advocacy is like a daily cup of tea that girls face in society. Disintegrating this pigeonhole and being the voice of it all was Poojitha K whose talk was featured on the ‘TattvaX Mind Series’. But her muliebrity doesn't cease there. She is also an International Bharatanatyam Dancer who was sponsored to perform in Bahrain and many other states in India. “And I don’t really care if nobody else believes ‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me!” Rachel Platten sang with fervor. And nothing can be of a more accurate representation of the struggles that girls have been through and yet stayed “not so fragile” through it all! Wishing all the girls all the vigour and robust on this International Girl’s Day from Seekh!

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