I log in to my twitter account and read the tweets everyday. I was so engrossed looking at the Padman challenge that I did not realize that my domestic help walked-in. Suddenly I heard her scream, "Didi, Yeh Kya Hai." (What is this?). I jumped off my chair. Her voice had so much panic that I got scared that there was something threatening my life. I looked at her confused and she was looking horrified and was starring at laptop screen. I asked her why did she shout so loudly. She asked me again, "ooh, didi yeh kya hai." (What is this). I looked at the screen and replied that she is Deepika Padukone. She looked at me and said, " iske haath mein kya hai." (What is there in her hand) I replied," It's a Pad, why what is wrong with that." Her horrified look shifted from Deepika Padukone to me. She giggled, "aise." (Like this) and ran to kitchen. I was confused but soon understood. I called her back with a cup of coffee and told her to sit by my side and showed her few more tweets on Padman Challenge. Also told her about the movie and told her the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham. We spoke about menstruation for more than half an hour.
She has left and I still feel guilty. The guilt is not because I bleed but because I was embarrassed about it. Not only she even we are responsible for Period being treated as a Taboo. Because, we decided not to ask questions. Why don't we call menstruation by it's name? We have our own code words for it. Initial years were so difficult not because I used to bleed but because it became a mental tension. Looking at the dates because some family function was coming soon. Would I be able to attend it. Not because I was sick.
Hope Pad Man brings the much needed change. But before changing the mentality of others we girls need to stop taking it as an embarrassment. It is a natural phenomenon and cleanliness is everyone's right.