Yosana had never been out of her village before. But immediately after her marriage, she moved to London, as favoured by the circumstances. One day Alok; her husband got her a beautiful one piece red dress to wear for an office party the next day.
She put on that pretty red dress matched with a pair of black heels. When she walked down the party hall, all eyes were glued to her. She was the cynosure of the gathering. No doubt, she was looking stunning, but here the looks were deceiving and conveyed something else.
She excused herself and rushed towards the rest room. Raised her eyes to check her mirror image. Yes, there she was, with a big round ‘bindi’ on her forehead. Realisation dawned on her. The bindi doesn’t go at all with her attire, that’s why she was the centre of attraction. But she can’t help it. This is her identity and she has to live whole life along with it!
Note: There’s a village where girls are tattooed with a black mark(form of bindi) on their foreheads, as a symbol of their being girls. Not only this, a black mark is carved on one of the fingers of the right hand, as it adds flavour to the food prepared by them. After all, their basic duty is to cook food and serve their counterparts! Isn’t it pathetic to mark a girl with a stamp to remind her time and again, her position and the so-called her womanly duties in the society?