Woolen Sweater!!

In this chilling weather,  the most important thing that we look for is winter wear- could be sweat shirts, long over coats,  leather jackets, various light weighted shawls and heavily worked covers. We purchase these spending a lot of money online,  bargain with Street sellers and so on.. The trends and  styles keep changing and we move with the herd to follow the trends. However, the warmth in knit sweaters, that our mothers,  sisters,  or anyone who would be expert in such skills are nowhere to be found anymore.  Rarely,  do we see anyone around wearing anything that is woven, knit, embroidered or skillfully painted. Sometimes it is because we find it obsolete and sometimes because it is hard to meet anyone these days who are skilled into it or have the time to spare to create those.
This topic is quiet a delight for the readers who feel that yes we may say that,  women are no longer interested in household and usually feminine skills as before, and, therefore needs quite a detailed discussion (read criticism) ; but that isn’t necessarily true as men used to be equally skilled,  equipped and experienced in manual art since the ancient Indian Harappan Civilization which eventually diminished.  There were artisans, pottery makers,  and painters which were pleasing to every eye.
This traditional and not just in the interior of rural India but also into our homes with Woolen,  Hand-Woven sweaters,  embroidered covers, and other household art works have lost the trend so much that neither the demand nor the experts are anywhere to be found anymore.  People now would prefer playing mobile games, chat over the Internet or maybe watch a quick movie instead of building up a hobby that is creative. (Infact the usual introductory question- What is your hobby? has also been almost buried,  because rarely does anyone have one these days,  there are many ways of spending time rather than cultivating a hobby and wasting time – per logic these days)
The style or hobby aspect can still be sidelined,  what cannot be overlooked is that those of us who are experts only in these skills are facing tough competition due to dipping demands all throughout now and then we blame the Authorities for not being able to rehabilitate the manual workers,  the thought that provokes consciousness is that as members of this society,  do we not have any responsibility to do the least we can to progress as much we can but also retain the heritage and art that made us proud someday in the world.
Say,  we go for tours  all around the country today,  it is so easy today to travel, we upload our innumerable selfies,  posters,  group photos with strange disfigured fingers pointing in some direction. May we not click pictures of the work or the artisans and eventually promote their work,  so that the next time someone else visits the same place,  they know where and what exactly to buy that which  looks good and that it helps to retain the potentiality of our invincibly talented art masters.
We wait for Mega fairs,  malls to bring in few pieces just as a matter of prejudice and we buy them at much higher prices just to ensure that the next time someone visits our home we are able to portray the exquisite choice of collection we have..
The same doctrine applies to the wear,  covers and art work made by our mothers too,  do we realise that the pace in which crafts is losing importance it is but natural that expertise will die one day and in a way that it can never be restored..
I am sure, the generation that knew the skills are almost on the brink of getting over. The least we can do now is atleast take pride in wearing a work that is gifted to us with love,  warmth and affection,  because we never know just the way Indian process of Telegram, Hand  written love letters have gone in the gallows,  so will the warm,  love filled hand woven sweaters.. Time to think and Act!!!

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While the nation is worried about employment for young generation,  the mid age potential but unnoticed group of people between the age of 40-60 years who have almost lost the opportunity of not taking birth in the tech-era and are losing grip and none of us are worried about them.
They are not old,  not sick,  not dependent and therefore do not need our attention?? Is that really so?
I know a lady who was well educated by her parents when during the 70s era,  women – education just creeped in our nation widely,  but was immediately married off and could not really do much of the education she received from her parental place,  she is now done marrying her children off and has got nothing much to do,  whilst her husband is busy with the worldly affairs  including politics,  post retirement investments,  planning holidays,  and post work committee membership etc. She, while is educated and knows most of the things that is expected of a sophisticated lady but is not able to buckle up to walk parallel with her family wherein her children is busy in their lives,  husband in his’ and she has got her potential wasted so well today,  that she has not got much to do now.  She takes to gardens to plant new flowers,  knits wool,  talks to her unwilling children and husband who is not really much interested in her greying hair, except for the best cuisines that she prepares to the best of everyone’s  interests but nobody is really interested in what she wants or what could please her. What is worrisome all the more is that – her age doesn’t even permit to go out looking for jobs anymore as we have age restrictions in all the sectors of work today including private and public sector where no matter how well skilled or fit you are,  you are not allowed to join the race with respect to the age that you have got yourself into.  This doesn’t sound too rational though. How does her age matter in any sector,  as long as she knows what is to be done at the work she takes up..  Please leave in your opinion in the comments section below, if you think there’s any different opinion you have about the aspect. 
The western countries allows members of various ages to enter school and college when they want and feel the need,  we possibly do not allow the potential members amongst us to run in the race as we want the competition cut short.
I would not want to sound feminist  by citing only women here.  I know that a lot of members from the other gender who are tasking it hard to cope up with technology taking over manual tasks at their work place,  they feel humiliated of not knowing the systems well and find it tough to cope up with the younger generation who are born tech savvy considering that they have mobile phones and computers in their hands from the moment they are born. We may now become argumentative about it- that people who are not competent may be impending the progress of the sector. However do we really just need competitive and not experienced people? I think it is important to not waste their potential and open up space for people who have equipped themselves well in their era,  got themselves educated learnt their skills well but are failing to keep up pace due to changing social scenarios,  due to gradual globalisation and to top it all,  the dawn of technology.
The recent census have shown while 41% of the Indian population is under 20 years 9% is above 60 years,  the rest 50% is between 20-59 years.  This generalisation is too huge  to decide whether the demographic dividend is really working in favour of our progress or working against because if these are the numbers to go by,  half of our 50% population will not be allowed to enter any sector of work place because we have age restrictions by virtue of regulations or social pressures.
This is a virtual discrimination per age, because we still live as per the pre independence norms where people entering a certain age were considered rudimentary in the society.  If we are truly globalising we need to adopt the progressive aspects of the various cultures where age is nothing more than  just a number.
Thank you for reading through… Anubrata(Yugadhikri)