I am dark. But I am not only dark.
I am a much more …..& much less than that. Oh yes!
I am a woman no man wants to know. I am the Undiscovered, Undesired woman.
I am a person from whom peoples gaze slides away in malls, shops, at work and restaurants. I am Invisible.
I am the person who gets a lesser pay, a delayed promotion, a rougher treatment& sniggers even. I am Underprivileged.
I am the one who gets hard looks for wearing the colour red or a bright shade of pink lipstick. I face Prejudice.
Your perception of how you should look cannot be imposed upon me.
Your perception of me brings me to this less than fortunate life.
Is it not my right to beseech to your belief system?
Is it not your moral obligation to think of me when you think these thoughts?
Do these things?
When you unthinkingly pronounce a girl beautiful,
When you reach for the whitening cream or a shade lighter foundation,
When you Google home remedies for skin whitening, or make “uptans”.
When you strive for a “clearer Look”,
When you reject a marriage proposal.
I am not dark. I am much more than that. I am not just kaali ( Dark) but the Kali ( Goddess).
I am the colour of the Earth, Rich Chocolate, Golden Honey, what you will. I am Not Dirty.
I am an intelligent, thriving, living, organic being. I am a Complete & Whole Woman.
Even when you don’t look, acknowledge and appreciate. You cannot take that away from me.
I can be your super employee. I challenge you to question that.
I am stronger and better for all that I have faced and braved. You will in time see it shining in me.
And I am a human, not just fair, dark, tall, slim or a fat object of desire or an eye candy.
I am and will be Myself. I do and always will celebrate my Darkness.