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What freedom means to me

entertainment Updated: Aug 15, 2012 01:53 IST

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Today, on Independence Day, these Delhiites give us their personal definition of freedom

Jasleen Royal 22
Singer and guitarist
Freedom to me means freedom from financial strains of life — to live without any stress of earning a living, and to travel the world. It is the liberty to sing what I want, at the place I want and whenever I want. Often, when I tell people that I make music, they ask me what I do apart from it, which is very irritating. I ‘d love freedom from expectations . My song 'Panchi Hojavan' describes freedom for me.

Deepak Dhamija 28
Theatre director
The song, I Want to be Free Like an Animal, by Australian band Savage Garden, describes my sense of freedom. Animals don’t divide each other on the basis of caste, creed or social status. They treat each other as equals. When humans have the maturity of animals, they shall be free. Till then, this word freedom is just an illusion. The couplet, Sheher ke Hakim ka ye Farman hai; Qaid mein Kehlayenge Azad Sab, by Javed Akhtar aptly describes this myth.

Shloka Vaidyialingam 22
Kuchipudi dancer
Freedom from stereotypical social norms is independence for me. It’s the right to make choices about your own life, without any social pressures. Freedom to choose one’s education, life partner and economic independence is the most important, especially for women. It’s the right to live happily without making any compromises. It’s also the freedom of a single woman to have a social life and go out with friends without being frowned upon by society.

Nida Mahmood 31
Fashion designer
I would love the freedom from traffic woes, hypocrisy and backbiting in the city. Freedom from negative attitudes and expectations of people in the city. As a creative person, I would love to let my imagination run wild and create clothes without the pressure of selling them. It is also the freedom of wearing what I want, without being judged on my character on the basis of clothes.

Advaita kala 32
Author
I aspire for freedom from an ageist, sexist society. Freedom from size zero fad, to embrace my own body and feel good about it. The freedom to wear what I want and walk on the street without be harassed or ogled at. To get rid of ‘fear psychosis’ of being a woman. The ability to feel safe on the street is an important theme in my movies and scripts as well.