We are in the midst of the Indian festival of “Navratri”, where the Goddess is celebrated in all her forms. The word ‘Nav’ means nine and ‘Ratri’ means night, hence ‘Navratri’ means nine nights of celebration. During this time nine forms of the goddess are worshiped.
This is that time of the year when the days are filled with auspiciousness and the evenings are full of music, colours and traditional dance forms like Garba & Dandiya!
While experiencing the hustle and bustle of the city at this time I came across idols of the goddess at every street corner, but along with that, every step of the way I also encountered a new modern day goddess.
Here are a few of her forms in modern day India. Look at her shine in all her glory –
1. The Independent Goddess
She is confident. She is strong. She can face anything that comes along. She needs no man to lend her a shoulder to cry on and she won’t let anyone treat her loved ones like a pawn.
She fights for justice and also provides warmth and care. Her partner will be blessed as her passion, fortune and love she will share. See if you can spot her in schools and colleges, in offices and banks or maybe just take a look within, right inside you she might have been. Go on, applaud her success coz she is the Modern Indian Independent Goddess.
2. The Unadorned Goddess
She is simple, she is true. She is strong, she is gentle. She will floor you with her intelligence and charm you with her wit. She will love her Rajma Chaval and then work hard to stay fit! She will be outgoing, kind-hearted and daddy’s little girl. She will take on the world with just a single twirl. See if you can spot her riding her bike on the streets, fighting for animal welfare or being the first in her family who knows what are spreadsheets or just take a look within, right inside you she might have been. Go on, applaud her success coz she is the Modern Indian Unadorned Goddess.
3. The Fearless Goddess
She is brave. She is hard-working. She will toil all day and at night a lullaby she will sing. She will not cringe but tolerate every blow. In a man-made world she will stand tall and run the show. She will put a smile on her face and inspire you with her stories. And you will wonder how the world is still blind to her glories. See if you can spot her in a rice field, or in a corporate tower, or even on a construction site or just take a look within, right inside you she might have been. Go on, applaud her success coz she is the Modern Indian Fearless Goddess.
4. The Passionate Goddess
She is passion. She is glory. She writes her own success story. She is enigmatic and follows her dreams. Through hardships and tough battles she still beams. Her emotions are her strength and she rises above those who judge her by her clothes length. See if you can spot her balancing her life on stage, as well as shine through her stage of life; or being the woman calling the shots behind the scenes while trying to be the perfect wife or just take a look within, right inside you she might have been! Go on, applaud her success coz she is the Modern Indian Passionate Goddess.
5. The Victorious Goddess
She is victorious. She is inspirational. She is ready for any battle, but still knows how to forgive. She is compassionate and kind and also knows how to give. She has a positive outlook and finds something to laugh about in spite of all her worries. She knows that this world can be a difficult place so she celebrates her small victories. See if you can spot her playing on the street, or in your workplace or even in the kitchen at home, or just take a look within, right inside you she might have been. Go on, applaud her success coz she is the Modern Indian Victorious Goddess.
6. The Determined Goddess
She may be the leader, she may be the follower. She may be an employee or an entrepreneur. She will be remarkable in the decisions she takes and will try to strategically cross all hurdles in spite of her aches. She won’t be the one crying but the one wiping other’s tears, and never be the one showing her fears. See if you can spot her in your drawing room at home, or driving to work every morning and taking the kids to school or the one supplying you your daily veggies or just take a look within, right inside you she might have been. Go on, applaud her success coz she is the Modern Indian Determined Goddess.
7. The Ambitious Goddess
She’s unafraid. She’s driven.She sets her own goals and then works hard to achieve them. She is a leader, she is a listener. She has big dreams, and a clear plan to attain them with her loved ones right beside her. See if you can spot her in the classroom, in the courtroom, behind the counter in a grocery shop or just take a look within, right inside you she might have been. Go on, applaud her success coz she is the Modern Indian Ambitious Goddess.
8. The Strong Willed Goddess
She is a fighter. She is a survivor. She has seen it all, but hasn’t let that make her feel small. She has wiped her tears, cleaned her bruises and now proudly stands tall. She is warrior with many invisible swords. She has learnt that in order to keep her balance she must keep moving forwards. See if you can spot her picking up your garbage every morning, or picking up her kids from school on a rainy afternoon, or holding that pregnant belly while earning her daily wage or just take a look within, right inside you she might have been. Go on, applaud her success coz she is the Modern Indian Strong-willed Goddess.
9. The Innocent Goddess
She is naughty. She is adorable. She has that innate ability to pull you out from the dumps. She is the one who makes you forget all of life’s little bumps. Her laughter and cheer is so infectious that it makes you wonder how some people can be so heartless, and stop a little one as divine as her from coming into this world. You hope to spot many more of her in the arms of their grandparents or spending their carefree childhood playing in the park. You pray that in the future, this world is capable enough to applaud her success coz she is the Modern Indian Innocent Goddess.
*Note: Images used are for representational purposes only.