What I Will Do for World Peace Today?

I have been tagged by Nishu to write about my aim of life and how I want to make world a better place.

This reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend at school.

world peace

When asked about what we wanted to do in future, I had said I want to work for women’s welfare. My friend said she wanted to work for India’s emergence in global world.

Looking back, I was a die-hard feminist. I actually thought of a name (Mukti, height of melodrama, isn’t it?) and concept of a women’s magazine I aspired to start. I also wrote early articles for this magazine so that I could publish them when I grew up. I was in class 10 then.

Without knowing what was in those manuscripts, my proud mama handed them to an uncle who was visiting us. I was inwardly cringing as some of my articles were outright aggressive. For example, one article provided tips to harassed women how they could avoid getting their salaries snatched by their hostile family members. How did a 14 or 15-year-old get such (tacky??) ideas? Simple, I was a voracious reader. Library books were just not enough to keep my attention and my parents would not subscribe any magazine for me, I took to secretly gorging through wanton women magazines like Femina, Manorama, Grihashobha… My young mind didn’t escape both the subtle and melodramatic notes of female misery.

Now that I am grown up, I realize it is not enough to address women-related issues. It’s not all about better life.

Personally I believe if I can change the life of one person for better, I have paid my debt to life. I think of adoption all the time, but I can not commit yet as it is dependent on the wishes of my partner. I want to give a child a home with two willing partners. Not everyone can be a privileged super mama like Sushmita Sen and Anjelina Jolie.

I can not be a lone crusader in my dream to make a difference. Hence, more than lone volunteering, I try to reach out with words so that I can have reach out to hundreds of more volunteers for a cause. That is my immediate aim.

Watch this space to read more about what I do for world peace. 🙂

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8 Responses to “What I Will Do for World Peace Today?”


  1. 1 ish October 1, 2007 at 5:01 am

    That tip for women to avoid getting their salaries snatched was not tacky at all! It’s a brilliant thought. Being a reader always helps, it’s good to have your own views. Lifts you one notch above the others, doesn’t it?

    Adoption is a good thought, and I really like that thought that you want to give a child a home with two willing parents. There are many kids who need that. I hope you’ll be able to do what gives you satisfaction and is good for the world.

  2. 2 nishu October 1, 2007 at 6:10 am

    every little step for welfare of self or others is a great step to attain moksha..

    who said that .. ?
    guess..

    it was said by Nishu.

  3. 3 dinsan October 1, 2007 at 8:06 am

    How do you relate world peace with feminism !:P

  4. 4 Gagganave October 1, 2007 at 9:29 am

    Hiya Poonam,

    Hope u are doing well!
    Thank u for the lovely feedback.
    It’s people like u who make me stronger and wanting to go after my dreams.
    I will read ur blogsite and drop feedback and u truly rock.
    I hope I make all of u proud and come back to India as a competent international journalist someday.
    It’s hard as I keep getting rejected everyday but I am sure I will GET THERE cos if Shilpa can survive and win so can I :0)
    xxx

  5. 5 Ashish October 1, 2007 at 12:19 pm

    I’m not the right person to comment on the topic “What will you do for World Peace Today?” I’m trying to conquer the world! 😛

  6. 6 Whatever. October 1, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    world peace?
    wont be ever peaceful ! u know why?
    cause peace is in ur head! not outside!
    nyways what do I know!
    I kept yelling to myself through out the day!

  7. 7 Poonam Sharma October 1, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    @ Ish: I really don’t know. Now that I am grown-p, I find very few takers of such ideas in the urban world that I comprise. Sadly, I have no rural reach yet. It has to be thought through..as for adoption, yes, I think very seriously about…hope I fulfill this dream…with my partner, Inshallah 🙂

    @Nishu…uh huh…..Moksha!! (overwhelmed) 😛

    @hey girl, glad that you could respond. Of course, yo gonna do well..but yes, don’t equate your experiences as those of Shilpa. I am sure yours were more real and tougher and yet you managed without shred of public support Shilpa enjoyed. Wish ya, luck!

    @Dinsan: Actually the title was wry humor on lines of the book “What would you do to save the world?” that is written by a wannabe Miss India about how beauty agent winners profess to change world in a day. 🙂 It seems like due to change in wordings, noone could identify it. 😦

    And after my conversationa at school, my thoughts underwent a change…I have concluded differently. I hope you did not miss that. 🙂

    @Ashish: Okay, keep on trying to conquer 😛

    @whatever…you seem to be as hair-brained as me, pulling your hair through the day..I guess that is normal. May your find your peace with, soon.

  8. 8 lallopallo October 2, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    You seem to have positive thoughts. I was wondering about your wish to adopt a child only after having a partner. Iam not sure if that works because I suspect it will be difficult to raise another kid along with your own kids, unless you decide not to have your own ones.


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