Malabika Ray Choudhury


The Woman In My Dream - Poem by Malabika Ray Choudhury

I wanted to be a Jane Austen -

Or Elizabeth, her favourite strong girl,

Or Kadambari - A poet's dream,

From Bengali Literature.



A few fearless women -

Debjani, and Gandhari, and Draupadi, from Indian classics,

But before anyone else,

I want to be the woman who appears in my dream!



Never went to school, she was not allowed,

Picked up any paper when sweeping the floor,

And read - she was warned women became widows if they read,

She was unstoppable!



She had ten kids - two still-births,

She cooked for thirty people every day, ate after she fed everyone,

Used old rags to make blankets, to keep children warm,

Prayed every day for everyone she knew

and for the universe.





My grandmother, and so many women like her,

Started a revolution, carried the torch,

Without realizing what they left for us,

What a burden they lifted for us!

Did they see us - the women of today

in the horizon?



The modern, liberated, emancipated women,

We are today,

We go to school, any school we wish to,

We choose to marry or not, choose who to marry,

We raise our children sometimes single-handedly,

And independently,

We don't ask for money, we earn money,

We lead, we invent, we do miracles.



Sorry Jane Austen, I would rather be my Grandma's granddaughter,

Before Anyone else!

Topic(s) of this poem: life, women empowerment

Form: Free Verse


Comments about The Woman In My Dream by Malabika Ray Choudhury

  • Savita Tyagi (10/23/2019 12:47:00 PM)

    Great poem. Just having pride in womanhood is good enough for me. Woman of all ages have faced challenges in their own time. We have to give them their due respect. Proud of my ma and grand ma! (Report)Reply

    Malabika Ray Choudhury(10/23/2019 1:33:00 PM)

    I totally agree with you. Women in the past have suffered too much and paved the way for us so we can enjoy freedom, equal opportunities, respect! Proud of their achievements!

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  • (8/22/2019 8:24:00 AM)

    Hi Malabika,
    You wrote:
    I love stories from Mahabharata and Ramayana, and wish I could bring some of those stories and memorable characters to my writing! ”

    If you like stories from our epics, you may like my poems “Sunahsepha” and “Sarpasatram” too. You have already read my poem on Ahalya, “And Silence is What I Choose”.
    Love and regards
    Unnikrishnan
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    Malabika Ray Choudhury(8/22/2019 5:33:00 PM)

    I will definitely read the poems you have mentioned. Thank you for letting me know.

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  • (8/22/2019 1:33:00 AM)

    Hi Malabika,
    Loved this poem. You spoke about women of strength. May I invite you to read my serial poems
    1. Yayati
    2. Satyawati

    Both the poems are built on story threads purloined from Mahabharata.
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    Malabika Ray Choudhury(8/22/2019 7:23:00 AM)

    I am definitely going to read those two poems - I am familiar with the character of Satyawati. I love stories from Mahabharata and Ramayana, and wish I could bring some of those stories and memorable characters to my writing! Thank you.

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  • (8/9/2019 10:29:00 AM)

    A masterpiece work, dear Poetess! ! A great tribute to..your Grandma...to womanhood...women empowerment...and ultimately to you.. yourself....your ideas! ! ! Hats of to you! ! ! Thanks for sharing...to my poem list. (Report)Reply

    Malabika Ray Choudhury(8/9/2019 11:30:00 AM)

    Thank you so much, Dear Poet! I am so glad to share this poem with you and all my poet-friends at PH! it's important for the women in our generation to pay tribute to the women who paved the way for us! My poem being included in your favourite list - what an honour!

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  • Carl Roussell (8/8/2019 9:36:00 PM)

    A well deserved poem of the day that has been added to my favourites! (Report)Reply

    Malabika Ray Choudhury(8/9/2019 4:27:00 AM)

    Thank you, Dear Poet! To your favourites! So delighted!

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  • Lyn Paul (8/8/2019 4:00:00 PM)

    Congratulations for your beautiful and strong write on an incredible Woman and for other Women. (Report)Reply

    Malabika Ray Choudhury(8/8/2019 4:21:00 PM)

    Thank you so much, Lyn! I am extremely delighted to share this poem with my friends at PH! I really believe in women empowerment and the unimaginable contribution of the women who came before us!

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  • Rajnish Manga (8/8/2019 1:57:00 PM)

    Bravo! A great tribute to a modern woman who is liberated, educated, self- reliant and independent in their outlook and making important choices in life. But not detached from her roots. Thanks for sharing this powerful write. Congrats for its being Poem of the Day, Malabika ji. (Report)Reply

    Malabika Ray Choudhury(8/8/2019 4:16:00 PM)

    Dear Poet, thank you so much! Your comments are so valuable to me! I am extremely delighted to share particularly this poem, because I am really passionate about women empowerment and the fact that the women who came before us, paved the way so we could walk with our heads high!

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  • (8/8/2019 1:35:00 PM)

    I am sure Jane Austen would forgive you! For your preference and appreciation of the woman who came before who lit the way! (Report)Reply

    Malabika Ray Choudhury(8/8/2019 4:13:00 PM)

    You are right - I think, Jane Austen wouldn't mind, she has a lot of followers! Thank you very much, really insightful comment!

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  • Prabir Gayen (8/8/2019 1:18:00 PM)

    Very beautiful poem dear poetess//////// (Report)Reply

    Malabika Ray Choudhury(8/8/2019 4:11:00 PM)

    Thank you so much, Dear Poet! I am extremely delighted to share my poems, especially this one, with you and my friends at PH.

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/8/2019 12:47:00 PM)

    This is really a beautiful poem on women empowerment having impressive expression. Thanks and congratulation for being selected this poem as the member poem of the poem of the day. (Report)Reply

    Malabika Ray Choudhury(8/8/2019 4:09:00 PM)

    Dear Poet, thank you so much for your kind, encouraging and inspiring comments! Highly appreciate!

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (8/8/2019 12:03:00 PM)

    Dear Malabika ji, heartiest Congratulations for the Poem of the day.
    A beautiful poem that empowers the women of this world.
    So rightly told, sometimes we look everywhere else for inspiration when the inspiration is within our home
    in our very hearts.
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    Malabika Ray Choudhury(8/8/2019 4:07:00 PM)

    Dear Geeta, thank you so much for reading the poem! I am overwhelmed and actually over the moon with all the kind and inspiring comments I received from my poet-friends at PH!

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  • Jez Brul (8/8/2019 10:09:00 AM)

    A reflection of a truly empowered woman. I am more than glad to see your marvelous poem as POD my dearest poet friend. Congratulations! ! ! You deserve this accolade! 10+++++++ (Report)Reply

    Malabika Ray Choudhury(8/8/2019 4:05:00 PM)

    You are always very kind with your rating!

    Malabika Ray Choudhury(8/8/2019 4:04:00 PM)

    Dearest Jez, thank you so much for your inspiring words! I can't express how grateful I am to PH Team and my dear poet-friends for taking time to read the poem and commenting with beautiful words!

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  • (8/8/2019 9:22:00 AM)

    " I would be my grandma's grand daughter

    Before any one else" .
    The sequence of women's empowerment and the struggle for the same narrated in an inspirational tone. Well deserved poem of the Day. Congrats.
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    Malabika Ray Choudhury(8/8/2019 10:14:00 AM)

    Thank you, Dear poet! I was truly inspired by my grandmother's struggle towards women empowerment! It's just a humble tribute!

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  • Bharati Nayak (8/8/2019 9:10:00 AM)

    Wow- - - a high tribute to women like your grand mother who paved the way for girl's education in spite of huge burden they had to endure.
    A great poem indeed Let me quote from this marvelous poem- -
    'Never went to school, she was not allowed,

    Picked up any paper when sweeping the floor,

    And read - she was warned women became widows if they read,

    She was unstoppable! '
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    Malabika Ray Choudhury(8/8/2019 10:12:00 AM)

    Thank you so much, Bharati! We are fortunate, but we always remember the brave women who were not so fortunate, but paved the way for us with strong determination!

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  • (8/8/2019 8:48:00 AM)

    A homage to a grandmother by a gifted poet. A beautiful poem with a strong underlying theme. (Report)Reply

    Malabika Ray Choudhury(8/8/2019 10:09:00 AM)

    Thank you so much! It's a tribute to all women - I wrote it on International Women's Day!

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  • (8/8/2019 6:47:00 AM)

    I like this poem on the power and strength of women who took generations to transform into today's modern status. A revolutionary thought indeed. Congratulations (Report)Reply

    (8/8/2019 10:08:00 AM)

    Thank you so much - it was a real struggle indeed for women in every country to transform into today's status!

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  • Aniruddha Pathak (8/8/2019 6:44:00 AM)

    Yes, everyone should try to be what God has made him/her to be.
    Great write.
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    Malabika Ray Choudhury(8/8/2019 10:06:00 AM)

    Thanks so much for your encouraging comments! Really appreciate!

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  • Mahtab Bangalee (8/8/2019 5:45:00 AM)

    WOW it's excellent women empowerment writings; true voice of true brave heart woman. congrats for being selected this poem as POD (Report)Reply

    Malabika Ray Choudhury(8/8/2019 5:52:00 AM)

    Thank you so much! Your comments are truly inspiring! Delighted to pay tribute to the women in the past and the present on International Women's Day!

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  • Adeeb Alfateh (8/8/2019 4:01:00 AM)

    We don't ask for money, we earn money,
    We lead, we invent, we do miracles.

    superb the bravery
    salute 10++++
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    Malabika Ray Choudhury(8/8/2019 5:49:00 AM)

    Thanks so much. Not enough words to express how grateful I am to PH team, and all my friends at PH. I am glad I tried to express the bravery of the women in the past! I wrote this on International Women's Day!

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  • (8/8/2019 3:38:00 AM)

    Part 2
    All these women were Women of Substance. That is why we still remember them.

    May I invite you to read a few of my poems on women: 1) And Silence is What I choose 2) The Swan and Me 3) Yayati 4) Satyawati 5) Mother of Emmet Till etc..
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    Malabika Ray Choudhury(8/8/2019 5:46:00 AM)

    I will definitely read your poems, and particularly the poems you have mentioned. Thank you.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 26, 2018

Poem Edited: Friday, March 8, 2019


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