Amitabh Bachan is probably the most celebrated actor of the millennium. Apart from being a legendary artist, Big B is also an idyllic father and yes grandfather. The immense love and his fatherly notion were seen recently in a letter that he wrote to his granddaughters; Aradhya Bachchan & Navya Naveli Nanda.
The letter is an emotion dipped and a very realistic letter from a father to her daughters; enlightening them with the gender biases present all around and the how they should lead amidst of it. It also focuses on the great value the girls carries with them in the form of their “names” and yes the “surnames”.
Here are a few lines that not only Aradhya or Navya but every girl in this nation must read:
“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!”
Indeed, this letter means a lot for every woman in the nation and make them feel proud and honored.