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Watch This Ad That Blasts The Notion That ‘Ghar Ka Kaam’ Is Only For Women

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The minute I saw this latest ad by Ariel, I sent it to my mother and my father. My mother shared it on Facebook and immediately messaged me saying thank you, that she saw herself in it. My father didn’t reply. I waited till the end of the day and saw him replying to other messages, but he said nothing to this one. But this silence had given me the reply I wanted. I guess that’s what the effect of this ad is – it probably makes some people feel guilty, and it hits you hard either way, whether you choose to express yourself or not.

A woman hustles and bustles around her house, heating food for her husband who’s watching TV, cleaning her son’s toys scattered around the house, sending a presentation to a colleague at work. Her father observes in silence and what he chooses to do next is what makes this ad remarkable. After all, why should household work of any kind be only a woman’s job? But here, when you see the woman going about five chores at once, you think about where else you’ve seen this. Perhaps at your house, your friend’s house or at a neighbour’s? It is such a common scenario but one that goes unnoticed, as if this is how it is meant to be. But what I liked best about this ad is how it goes to the root of why this is ‘meant to be’ and boldly challenges it, with a sign of change being promised. It doesn’t pit men against women, it doesn’t finger-point. Rather, it questions and it’ll make you wonder as well.

Watch this and there’s a high chance you’ll be prompted to make a change in your life too, in whatever little way you can.

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  1. Jigsaw

    A man must work like a dog all day in the office, with surmounting tension, having to meet deadlines, put up with a crazy boss, suffer from office politics, then come home mentally and physically tired to take the car to the mechanic, rush to pay the electricity bill, go and buy groceries, attend the plumber, take wife shopping, child to the doctor, call the carpenter, then return exhausted at night after trying to provide wife with all the world’s comforts to read articles like these.

  2. Spider-Man

    I work very hard while my wife watches TV all day, then blows up thousands of rupees in shopping and restaurants every weekend – this happens in countless households – feminists choose to remain silent on the issue.

  3. B

    If you are a girl, you don’t have to earn and have the luxury of choosing to sit at home. No one will call you ‘nikamma’, ‘nalayak’, ‘kaamchor’, or shower you with other names. You don’t face the stress of not earning enough, or have to go through the torture of being jobless. At the time of marriage, you don’t get asked about your bank account, what car you drive, your house, salary, what vacation you can afford, etc. In case of a divorce, you don’t have to pay alimony, child support, or part with half of your property. In short, you don’t get ripped of your life savings. You don’t suffer from false cases of dowry, domestic abuse and rape. You have reservations in buses, metros, colleges. Even lifeboats are reserved for you. You ask boys to leave their seats for you. You get leniency from courts for the same crimes as boys. You get away with a warning from parents and teachers while your brother and male classmates are slapped over the same mistakes. You are released first in hostage situations. I can go on forever …

  4. Batman

    As a 28 year old man, I choose to remain unmarried because of the mentality of the modern Indian woman, who is never happy, chooses to treat her husband like a slave and uses him like an ATM. My suggestion – watch the movie Pyaar Ka Punchnama (both parts) if you haven’t already.

    A happy woman is a myth.

  5. G.L.

    Most households hire domestic help, where men are ATMs, but women are so ungrateful.

  6. Chandrajeet Maurya

    Nice ads. May be because in older age women were to take care of inhouse work while men were to take care of outer work. Time changed, role changed. A couple should sit and talk on this matter.

  7. Ehtesham

    Nice to Hear
    Good to Learn
    Share the Load.

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