A Letter To My Sister

A Letter To My Sister

Dear Sister,

You are like my daughter because I looked after you for years after our mother passed away.

I am so glad that you turned out to be a beautiful, smart and confident person.

Isolation can be deadly.

I find that you are so brave that you are able to withstand any test of time to stick to your guns no matter what.

Again this patriarchal, religious and cultural system has not spared you either.

Since you chose to marry with your own consent, the entire system has disowned you.

I am sorry that your family, your mother, your father and one of your brother are not there for you.

It must be very hard and I have never heard you complain or cry.

I feel your pain and sympathizes with you.

Every woman is my sister to help her through her difficult times.

The culture may not understand or concur, but I have the guts and gumption to stand up and say that it is not right.

Things have to start changing form me, you and our future generations, here and now.

Our South Asian community has to take a stance “Not my mother, not my sister and not my daughter” has to go through alienation, disapproval or being disowned. We must embrace our own people with their differences with love and compassion.

I embrace you and love you with open arms no matter what choices you make. I hope that you make the healthier choices for yourself and others.

I pray for you everyday and send you love.

Always your sister.

P.s., The point of this letter is to tell you that this South Asian culture does not spare anyone!!!


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