This is not an update. This is a note regarding the headscarf that Manasvi uses and her reasons to do so.
Right from the beginning of this story, I have written that Manasvi uses a headscarf. A lot of people asked me why she does it. She does it mainly because she is used to do it. It has become a habit for her.
In no way, she is trying to comment on other women who do it due to personal or cultural choices.
We need to understand that we are talking about Manasvi here. Headscarf was not a choice for her. She never chose it. She was ‘told’ to do it because her mother wanted her to stay ‘merged’ in the crowd. She was given the reason to do so which Manasvi accepted.
My purpose of writing it is to show that a lot of people do a lot of things ONLY to blend it. Choices are luxuries. Manasvi never had a luxury of making a choice.
Manasvi’s mother used it only to look similar to other women around her. And not be spotted differently, especially by men.
Also, when she talks of male eye and safety, she knows that a woman is not safe even with head covered or fully clothed. Manasvi is not naive. She is a journalist and has been through it several times in her life as she lives alone. She basically doesn’t even know why she does it. It’s like many other things that her mother said and she continued. And now she feels safe with it because she is confident that she is doing things right as per her mother’s wishes.
Also, when Anshuman asks her to remove it, he maintains it that the choice will always be hers, but she should think about it.
Hope I have clarified it in context with my story and characters.
Thank you. Take care all of you. Stay blessed 💖💖