“So my dearest Son, the annual fancy dress competition is announced. Tell me what do you want to become, we will make sure you win the first prize ”
Arnav was confused about what to become on this fancy dress competition.He even hesitated to discuss it with his father and mother.
It was a Sunday evening and after watching Jungle book, they were having dinner in Arnav’s favorite Chinese restaurant.
“Aru, you thought something, Achha tell me do you have any favorite cartoon character ” asked his father.
” I don’t know papa ”
“You want to become Mowgli from jungle book ” said a giggling mummy.
“Mommy…… No ”
” Do you want to be a superman, spiderman or batman”
“What about a soldier with a big gun…… Dhishoom, Dhishoom ”
“No Papa ”
“No issues beta. Take your time and tell us what do you want to be. We will make you prepare. Done? ”
Arnav continued eating his food quietly while his mummy and papa went on with their conversation about an upcoming wedding in family.
” I want to become Rapunzel, the one with long hair.”
A shocked mother shouted ” Are you crazy Arnav, you are a boy, boy don’t become princesses.”
Sameer asked Meenakshi to stay quiet, took Arnav near him and said “Why do you want to be a Rapunzel Arnav, give me the reason for it. ”
Arnav then started narrating them the story of Rapunzel. His eyes lit when he told them how she let her hair down the window to be used as a rope. He seemed happy, very happy much to the dismay of Meenakshi, his mother.
Sameer smiled and said ” Ok Arnav, what a beautiful story, we will get you a Rapunzel costume for your fancy dress.”
Arnav sat there smiling gorging on his vanilla ice-cream with chocolate sauce.
Sameer took out his phone and texted to Meenakshi
“It’s okay love, let him stay pure without the gender stereotypes. It’s perfectly okay. ”
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