I was traveling in a train.Chilly weather and frequent stoppage affected my mood badly.There were
different categories of passengers.Men women and children all were traveling in the intercity train plying between Khulna and Dhaka.The name of the train was very special,taken from the name of a river.It was the Sundarban Express.
There were women of different ages and characteristics comprising young,middle age,old,married and single.This could be perceived from their activities and appearance.There were two women on my right chairs.One was a mother traveling with her young girl child,the other was a married young woman with her husband.These two ladies were chatting with nice gesture.The train stopped at Darshana and another stream of passengers entered the compartment. A family with a slim woman,a cute little girl and handsome young husband took seats in the vacant places.The new woman befriended with other women too quickly.She said her problem in travels.Her vomiting tendency was very serious.The bad smell with any fellow passenger could trigger her vomiting.
The women dwelt on various subjects.But at one point,the discussion was concentrated on the single issue.The treatment of mother-in-laws was the focus now.The three women narrated how their in-laws behaved,discriminated and exploited them.They all expressed freely that they were in chain.
Then an older woman came there and took a place.She took some snacks and said her prayer.
She joined the discussion and told that she was also a mother-in-law and did never behave badly with the daughter-in-laws.The younger women appreciated her and agreed with the older woman that all daughter-in-laws were not treated badly by their mother-in-laws.But they insisted that things should improve as the status of women was elevated around the world.