WHY WOMEN WEAR MASKS
By Neel Anil Panicker
‘You need to wear masks in order to get by in this world.’
It wasn’t the first time Professor Vikram was hearing such a sentiment. But coming from someone whom he had just met, and that too barely an hour ago, it did come as a surprise.
From across the table he looked across to Alia. She was still young, relatively of course, cheerfully pushing her thirties, had excellent academic credentials___a first class distinction, a Gold medallist boot, and that too in microbiology was no mean task___plus, a woman with a lot of spunk and chutzpah___short hair styled as the latest fashion and a giant arched dragon tattoo that ornamented the length of her nape was proof of that.
‘Fierce; born to rebel,’ he thought.
Why then? he wondered.
His mind a turnstile, he decided to unravel the mystery.
“But you didn’t need to wear a mask. As far as I see you are a woman of the world___ independent, strong, smart, and a thinking individual. You could have exposed him long, long ago, when…err … he did all that you say he did to you…”
‘Sexually violated me. True. I could have done that then. But I didn’t. And as to why is that so all I can say in my defence is that at times you need to just wear a mask and carry on and wait for the right time and opportunity to unmask the misdeeds of those who’ve made it their business to wear masks all their lives.”
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