Coming from a misogynistic cultural background, Gender inequality is something I am very familiar with. It is ingrained in our culture.
But for the fear of losing my ability to read and understand Malayalam ( a language I use the least in my everyday life), I force myself to read Malayala Manorama. If you ever attempted to read Malayala Manorama, you need to braze yourself for crappy journalism, mispronunciation of names where Katy Perry became katti pari. ( Somehow Malayalam font doesn’t work here ). and innumerable amount of pop up ads. There are not many options available to me to make sure that I don’t forget Malayalam. Last year, I did subscribe to Vanitha magazine e edition and stopped reading after the first month because every other page was an ad and it was next to impossible to read it without having to go through all the ads. So once a week I read Malayala Manorama online.
Sometime last week there was an online poll..Ammamarude madi ano maggi popular akkiyathu ? ( Is it the laziness of moms that made maggi so popular?)
I don’t know where to begin to write a response to such a misogynistic statement.
First of all, does the father play no role when it comes to the food his children eat? Is it written somewhere that only women must cook food for her family? appanmarkku madi onnum ille?
Secondly, how dare the editor of a leading ( questionable) daily even attempt to ask such a question?
There are times, I get home at 11.30 at night, especially when one of my kids have late night basketball matches. Often I do have something ready in the slow cooker, but sometimes, I just wouldn’t have the time to even do that and on those days the first thing we do is to boil water.. to make maggi mee. Children and I love Maggi Curry mee ( Malaysian version) and we add some lettuce, carrots and an egg for myself and meat balls for the kids. It is quick to make and very satisfying.. especially on cold winter nights. I would wring the neck of anyone who would dare to accuse me of being lazy. I do my darnedest to make sure that this business called running a household and raising healthy and happy children efficient and sustainable especially for my mental and physical health.
The thing is, Indian society is so used to blaming the women for everything. When will we ever have gender equality, if the women are blamed for the popularity of maggi noodles?