BY TINAT ATIFA MASOOD
From the city after my heart, Guwahati!
“Goodmorning!” Her greeting and a bright smile is enough to make a sad, angry person at least break into a smile!
She wishes to wake up late every morning and laze around, maybe sometimes not go to work at all. She wishes to go to school after a hearty breakfast with her family. She wishes to work in an office, maybe drive her own car and start her own beauty parlour.
But Sofia cannot afford to wake up late. She has to work. And she starts working early, every morning in five different houses as a cook, cleaner, often having to buy vegetables in some houses. She has to work because she has to look after her mother, her brother and her younger sister, sometimes even the elder one, when a situation demands.
However, all this doesn’t stop Sofia from dreaming; dreaming to live a life of her own; free and without inhibition. She knows she will overcome all the obstacles one day.
Inspite of working in five houses everyday, without fail, she has completed the basics of a beautician course. When she’s not cooking or cleaning, Sofia does facials, hair spas, manicures and pedicures for the women in the area, her business acumen clear that these will be her future clients when she starts her parlour. In the evening, she makes an effort to learn the alphabets and also do some maths. And she’s getting better every day!
Marriage not being the most important agenda in her life, Sofia is now thinking of taking driving lessons!
I wish Sofia, a role model for many, all the best! I hope this rainbow woman reaches the pinnacles of her dreams! Kudos!