Woman is indeed the best creation of God. One just has to look around to grasp the influence that women have on our surroundings. From home to office, from factories to the highest echelons of power, a woman does her work quietly and efficiently. A woman dons many hats, be it of a mother, a homemaker, an entrepreneur, an office-goer, or all rolled into one; she indeed has the Midas touch. With a smile, she can deliver a power-packed presentation as well as wipe the baby's bottom, both with equal finesse. But the most special bond that every woman, regardless of her nationality, religion, qualification or social standing, shares, is that of motherhood. This is the thread that joins every woman in an unspeakable intimacy which men can never achieve.
In a park where two mothers are out strolling with their children, you can see them bonding over their little one's eating habits. In the gym, two strangers will be happily chatting about their wards' teacher's merits or demerits, meanwhile slogging on their respective treadmills. In a function, a group of ladies can be seen whiling away the time over biryani, discussing how difficult it is today to find a good match for their daughter or son. In fact, children are the only topic on which a group of women can converse for the whole evening even if they speak different languages. From their height to their weight, from their 'eating disorders' to their 'heavy schoolbags', children are the only inexhaustible source of gossip known to mankind, er… womankind. Poor men! They do not have the luxury of enjoying their coffee over relative merits of Bournvita vis-à-vis Complan. May be, that's why they had to invent war and politics, just so that they might have something to argue about.
Jokes apart, a woman's greatest ally is also a woman. It may be her mother, her sister, her mom-in-law, her friend or her maid, a woman is always sure to count on any one of the above or all of the above in an hour of crisis.
In fact, maids are the only species that are perpetually overrated and underpaid. If a lady wants a babysitter for an evening while she steals some precious time with her hubby in a restaurant, mom always comes in handy. If Miss Party-hopper needs her dress picked up from the drycleaners and delivered to her in the evening, a friend whose office is en route can be counted upon. If the little one has an upcoming math test, brainy lil' sis will give some tuition. A woman's whole support system is just a Whatsapp message away. Brainstorming with friends over next week's project; chilling at the mall with school buddies; rejuvenating with cousins at day spa, women are always surrounded by women, a familiar cocoon of love where they feel safe and cherished.
This is not to belittle the scores of husbands, fathers, brothers and sons who go out of their way to show unconditional love and understanding to the women in their lives and countless men who always treat every woman with utmost respect and dignity. This is just to remind every woman that no matter what, there is always another woman, standing just behind you to help and guide on every step of life even if we don't always acknowledge it. As Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in the US to become a physician, said, "For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women." Viva la woman. May our tribe grow.