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Guys, what would you do if you turned into a woman for a day?

What would you do? Will you change anything? We asked some prominent men from different professional fields and here’s what they had to say.

more lifestyle Updated: Mar 07, 2017 19:23 IST
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International Women's Day

A designer, an author, a musician, a chef, an actor and a comedian tell us what they would do if they turned into a woman for a day.

Happy Women’s Day! Did you know that the first ever observance of this day, then called National Woman’s Day, took place on February 28, 1909 across the USA? And, the United Nations celebrated it for the first time in 1975. But, if you thought the day was a special one only for women, think again. We spoke to some eminent men — pioneers in their fields — and asked them what they would do if they turned into a woman for a day, and, the best advice a woman has given them. Here’s what they had to say:

The power of being a mother

Designer Nikhil Mehra, says, “There are so many things I would like to try. I would want to try the different fits and shapes of gowns I make, to really see how women feel in them. The second thing that I would want to do is to be the mother to my children and feel the emotions that a mother goes through. And if I was to ever breastfeed, I would like to understand the connect between the child and you. I would like to feel that connect. My wife’s advice to me has been that I should take time to understand myself better. She has advised me to look at what I do and how I think about things. She has helped me think deeply.”

“My wife’s advice to me has been that I should take time to understand myself better,” says designer Nikhil Mehra. (Raajessh Kashyap/HT Photo)

Putting people in their places

Actor Suhail Nayyar, says, “Women have this superpower of being rational in situations where men just give up. I am a feminist and believe in equality, but women are superior to us. It’s heartbreaking to see what women go through every day. If I were a woman, I wouldn’t give a damn.I’d walk as if I own the world and I will put people in their places. My teacher in FTII (Film and Television Institute of India) gave me an advice about dreaming big and to always follow the masters. This changed everything about how I look at things. Women understand emotion, but they are not driven by emotion”

“I won’t give a damn to anything, I will walk as if I own the world and I will put people in their places,” says actor Suhail Nayyar. (Raajessh Kashyap/HT Photo )

Getting what you want

For chef Kunal Kapur, he’d do some introspection. “I will spend the day trying to understand what it is to be a woman, to be in her shoes. I would understand the way she thinks and discover what she looks for in a guy. The advice I got that changed things for me was ‘Be a Woman’. The underlying meaning being that women get what they want, so learn that tactic and never give up till you get it.”

“I will spend the day trying to understand what it is to be a woman,” says chef Kunal Kapoor. (Shivam Saxena/HT photo)

Be a better person

Author Durjoy Datta, says, “My best friend in college told me that almost everything I have done or I will do in my life is because of I am a guy and the rules are different for me. She told me that had I been a woman, my life would have been quite different. I hadn’t realised the unfair privilege I had being a male child in an urban household, in a society that’s still largely patriarchal. If I were a woman for a day, I would note down everything wonderful, sad and beautiful about being a woman. Then, I’d read it the next day and be a better person.”

“I would note down everything wonderful , sad and beautiful about being a woman. Then, read it the next day and be a better person,” says author Durjoy Datta. (Durjoy Datta/Facebook)

Thinking differently

Comedian Papa CJ quips, “ When I was quite young my mother told me I should never use the word ‘hate’ because it is a very strong word. It also implies that you might actually have negative intentions. Since then I’ve always used ‘don’t like’ instead. It’s quite amazing how using a different set of words also makes you think differently.”

“I’d take naked photographs of myself so I could enjoy them the next day,” says comedian Papa CJ.

An aim to empathise

Musician Sahej Bakshi, says, “If I turned into a woman for a day, I would pay close attention to how I think and feel , because I don’t think it’s ever fully possible for any of us to understand what it’s like to be a member of the opposite sex. Even though mom is so proud of me for whatever has happened in my career, she is always happiest when she sees me trying my best to be a good person. Even though it’s not advice per se, it taught me an important lesson about how to think about and measure success in life.”

“I would pay close attention to how I think and feel through the day,” says musician Sahej Bakshi.