Pink and Blue

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Rohit sped fast on his bicycle. Esha beamed with pride. Yesterday only they had bought this cycle through OLX.com and today Rohit was speeding off on it. And she felt proud. But then, mothers do feel proud of whatever their kids do, don’t they?

‘He is so happy, he wanted just this kind of cycle’, she said to her friend Ayesha.

‘Huh, hoon’, said she

Esha continued,  ‘He wanted a Huffy bicycle with raised handlebars for so long. But you know it is expensive so when I saw the ad in OLX, I grabbed it’.

‘Err, don’t mind’, said Ayesha and stopped.

‘About what Ayesha’, said Esha.

‘Purple is a girly colour’, said she.

‘IS it’, said Esha.

‘Yes, don’t you know… Purple, pink are all girly colours’, said Ayesha.

‘Then what are boyly errr, which colours are meant for boys’, asked Esha.

‘Blue, don’t you know. Blue is the colour for men’, said Ayesha.

At that moment Ayesha’s two-year old daughter came crying, ‘Bhaiya is not giving me his ball’, she complained.

‘Don’t mind, Faizu, if Bhaiya doesn’t give you his blue ball….I will buy you a pink ball today’, she said and walked off.

Esha felt dizzy, so many thoughts went like a whirlwind in her brain that she gasped for breath.

Rohit had pink T-shirts and shorts, he had a pink ball, a pink book..did it mean that she was making him effeminate. Rohit cries a lot at the simplest of reasons. Many say that he cries like a girl.  Was it because he had so much pink in his life? She had visions of  a grown up Rohit walking in a ‘girly’way, wearing skirts and blushing. She held a pillar for support. But then her husband too had a pale pink shirt in his collection and he was in no way effeminate.

‘Ignorance indeed is bliss’, she thought to herself. She was so much better off not knowing that pink is for girls and blue is for boys.

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Written as a part of Write over the weekend an initiative for bloggers by Blogadda.

The theme this week

‘Ignorance indeed is bliss, he/she thought to himself/herself

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26 thoughts on “Pink and Blue

    • Thanks Vishal. I feel we parents are the culprits in trying to impose rules like these on children. if you want to raise boys and gorls as equals first remove this mindset.

  1. And here is this girl who never liked pink and has blue for her favourite colour. 😀 I came to know about this pink and blue categorisation of colours when I was in college. 😛 But even then I did not find pink pretty. LOL

  2. Nice take on the prompt, loved how you used a simple children’s tale to bring out a very important message, that of discriminating colors for boys and girls. I personally have found it to be ridiculous, more so because as men we have only blues, greys and whites to rely on whereas as girls you have the rest of the color spectrum to play around with. How is that fair to us men?

  3. Wonderful take on the prompt! And this stereotyping of blue/pink is so weird! I have seen some homes where the kid room has everything in pink including the wardrobe! Seeing so many shades of pink, works me up into a tizzy!

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