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Jayati Godhawat

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Big B May Have Given Superhits, But His Letter To Granddaughters Is A Masterpiece

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  •  September 6, 2016


Amitabh Bachchan is not only Bollywood’s megastar but also a living legend, and the world looks upto him.

But, the world went crazy in admiration when Amitabh penned down a heartwarming letter for his granddaughters, Aaradhya and Navya Naveli. When I read it, I had tears in my eyes.

Amitabh Bachchan may have addressed it to her granddaughters but, it beautifully weaves together the struggles of being a woman in India and how they should not succumb to it. It’s a letter every person should read so they can understand the concept of individual life and choices.

The letter is also an inspiration for every parent and every family who kill the spirit of a girl in the name of maintaining family’s honor and shame.

Read the entire letter published by TOI, here:

You both carry a very valuable legacy on your tender shoulders – Aaradhya, the legacy of your pardadaji, Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan…and Navya, the legacy of your pardadaji, Shri H P Nanda….

Both your pardadaji ‘ s gave your present surnames celebrated fame, dignity, and recognition. Both of you may be a Nanda or a Bachchan, but you are also girls…women. And because you are women people will force their thinking, their boundaries on you. They will tell you how to dress, how to behave, who you can meet and where you can go.

Don’t live in the shadows of people’s judgment. Make your own choices in the light of your own wisdom.

Don’t let anyone make you believe that the length of your skirt is a measure of your character.

Don’t let anyone’s opinion of who you should be friends with, dictate who you will be friends with.

Don’t get married for any other reason other than you want to get married.

People will talk. They shall say some terrible things. But that doesn’t mean you have to listen to everyone. Never ever worry about – log kya kahenge

At the end of the day, you are the only one who will face the consequences of your actions, so don’t let other people make your decisions for you.

Navya – the privilege your name, your surname offers you, will not protect you from the difficulties you will face because you ‘re a woman.

Aaradhya – by the time you see and understand this, I may well not be around. But I think what I am saying today shall still be relevant.

This may be a difficult, difficult world to be a woman. But I believe that it is women like you that will change that. It may not be easy, setting your own boundaries, making your own choices, rising above people ‘s judgment. But YOU !…you can set an example for women everywhere.

Do this and you would have done more than I have ever done, and it will be my honor to be known not as Amitabh Bachchan, but as your grandfather!”

Thank you, Amitabh, for sharing with us this letter. I may not be your granddaughter but, yet after reading this, I have found this new courage in me to live the life my way, which may be different from everyone else’s but seems right to me.

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