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24/7/365, not just a single day…

I was fortunate to have been first a student, then a resident medical officer in GS Medical College through the best 11 years of my life. We saw the horrors and the stifling curbs of the emergency while in college, the eruption of freedom once out of jail, and the dance of democracy that unseated the Iron Lady. During my residency we saw her murdered by members of her own bodyguard retinue, followed by an election that handed a landslide to the alleged pilot of Indian Airlines (insiders have a different narrative on that). While a resident, I got a room on the coveted 5th Floor of the RMO quarters. I heard this lovely song there, courtesy my great friend , Shriram Iyer, now a pioneer and a respected name in Neurointerventions, worldwide. It flattened me and I’ve loved the song ever since over the last 40 odd years. I remember carrying the cassette from Shriram on my honeymoon and Aruna loved the song too.  https://youtu.be/hQLGCX8D-1Y

The entire album , Guilty, is superb. I just love Barbra’s amazingly powerful singing. I was truly blown away, floored by her style, power and smooth, flawless rendition. Little wonder that she is one of the rare performers in showbiz to get all of the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony), she got the Oscar for Best Actress for Funny Girl. Her versatility is underscored by her success with Yentl which she wrote, directed, produced and starred, the first woman ever to do such a thing in a major studio production. The film won an Oscar for Best Score and a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Musical. She also received the Golden Globe Award for Best Director, becoming the first (and for 37 years, the only) woman to win that award. 

Life is a moment in space
When the dream is gone
It’s a lonelier place
I kiss the morning goodbye
But down inside you know
We never know why
The road is narrow and long
When eyes meet eyes
And the feeling is strong
I turn away from the wall
I stumble and fall
But I give you it all

I am a woman in love
And I do anything
To get you into my world
And hold you within
It’s a right I defend
Over and over again
What do I do?

With you eternally mine
In love there is
No measure of time
We planned it all at the start
That you and I
Live in each other’s hearts
We may be oceans away
You feel my love
I hear what you say
No truth is ever a lie
I stumble and fall
But I give you it all

I am a woman in love
And I do anything
To get you into my world
And hold you within
It’s a right I defend
Over and over again
What do I do?

I am a woman in love
And I’m talking to you
You know, I know, how it feels?
What a woman can do
It’s a right
I defend over and over again

I am a woman in love
And I do anything
To get you into my world
And hold you within
It’s a right I defend
Over and over again

Amazing lyrics by Robin and Barry Gibb, of the BeeGees.

I feel the idea of celebrating a single day of the year as Woman’s Day, is a bit corny and to me smacks of typical Male Chauvinistic Symbolism. Women have done and continue to do much more in human history to truly deserve the entire year devoted to a celebration of womanhood and to be dedicated to women, not just one day out of the year. If women were given a decisive role in all matters without males meddling, I daresay the planet would be a far better place.

There is another song I just thought of from another very well known voice. It is by another extremely powerful singer, Whitney Houston. It figured in the movie The Bodyguard which was a wonderfully made movie with her in the female lead and an equally wonderful role by the male lead, Kevin Costner. The Bollywood rip off was an utter bore, and really should have never been released. What else can you expect when Salmon Bhai is acting? He thinks moving the buckle of his belt constitutes dancing. But there are enough lobotomized annelids in the country to make the movie a blockbuster and it actually had, quite unbelievably, the highest opening day collection at the box office ever! I am reminded of an interesting interaction with Salmon Bhai at Il Palazzo in Panchgani, while we were staying there with Dollar. That is a hotel with amazing food and allows pets to stay with the family in their room. Dabangg was being shot in Wai at the time and Arbaaz Khan was having lunch at the same time as us. He looks much fairer and definitely more handsome than his more famous brother. After we had finished lunch, Mom was strolling in the garden area, Salmon Bhai strolled in with his bevy of bouncers all on Harleys and similar bikes. He walked past my mom who paused briefly in midstride and gave him a long stare, not just a casual glance. Our man Flint, half expecting he had caught up with another of his fawning fans, stopped in his stride, looking at Mom, expecting an interaction. She disappointed the poor bloke by resuming her walk. Arbaaz Khan sitting at the next table saw the whole event and broke into a loud guffaw, going red in the face. His brother joined him with a sheepish look. After Mom rejoined us, my son asked her if she had recognized the guy who she had walked by. She said “Yes, I did, but I didn’t think talking to him was worth interrupting my walk..” https://youtu.be/H7_sqdkaAfo

Whatever you want, whatever you need
Anything you want done baby, I’ll do it naturally
‘Cause I’m every woman
It’s all in me, it’s all in me

I’m every woman
It’s all in me
Anything you want done baby
I do it naturally

I’m every woman
It’s all in me
I can read your thoughts right now
Every one from A to Z

I can cast a spell of secrets you can tell
Mix a special brew, put fire inside of you
Anytime you feel danger or fear
Then instantly I will appear, ’cause

I’m every woman
It’s all in me
Anything you want done baby
I do it naturally

Oh, I can sense your needs like rain onto the seeds
I can make a rhyme of confusion in your mind
And when it comes down to some good old fashioned love
I got it, I got it, I got it, got it, baby, baby

I’m every woman
It’s all in me
Anything you want done baby
I do it naturally

I’m every woman
It’s all in me
I can read your thoughts right now
Every one from A to Z

I ain’t braggin’, ’cause I’m the one
Just ask me, ooh, and it shall be done
And don’t bother to compare
I’ve got it, I’ve got it, got it got it, got it

I’m every woman
I’m every woman
I’m every woman

The Songwriters are Ashford Nickolas / Simpson Valerie.

This is a much more positive affirmation of a woman’s power and capabilities.

So ladies, despite the card companies deciding to just one day to celebrate womanhood and dedicate this one day a bit patronizingly as Woman’s Day, to me every day is Woman’s Day. I owe my life to a woman, literally, as does indeed much of life on earth to the female of the species, barring the true hermaphroditic animals/plants. Thank you for being there to create, nurture and perpetuate life on the planet. Stay safe, happy and healthy.

By abchandorkar

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Pune, India

4 replies on “24/7/365, not just a single day…”

Nice songs👍👍

There should be true gender equality….Then the world will be a happy, peaceful and beautiful place to live…..
स्त्री पुरुष असे न पाहता जेव्हा सगळे एकमेकांकडे एक माणूस म्हणून पाहू लागतील त्यावेळी जगणं अधिक सुंदर आणि अर्थपूर्ण होईल आणि फक्त एक दिवस साजरा करण्याची वेळ येणार नाही….
माणसाने माणसाशी माणसा सम वागणे…..🙏🙏😊😊

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