Actor opens up on what is giving much needed boost to women creators and new and upcoming women-owned businesses amid the ongoing pandemic
At a time when cases of gender-based violence are still on the rise, Esha Deol Takhtani believes this Navratri will remind men of the Goddess who resides in every woman. “These cases are common in areas where education is not very important and where there is a lack of dignity and respect that men have to respect for the opposite sex. During Navratri, everyone prays to the Goddess. When you worship her, it is imperative that you respect the women in your life, ”she says.
This Navratri is quite special for the 39-year-old actor. She has collaborated with new and up-and-coming designers and women-owned businesses to give them a much-needed boost amid the ongoing pandemic. “Things are going a lot better this time around and I thought people would get dressed and go out for good. I’m happy to help and empower other women who have started their own businesses, ”says Takhtani, who also makes sure her daughters adhere to the nine colors of Navratri.
Listening to Mahishasura Mardini and chanting Durga Saptashati are an integral part of Navratri celebrations for Takhtani. She believes these rituals are important in instilling the values of self-respect and dignity in her daughters, Radhya, 3, and Miraya, 2.
“We play Mahishasura Mardini shlokas in the house in the morning and in the evening. During my two pregnancies, we sang the Durga Saptashati. We are also doing it this year. It lasts about an hour and a half where we sing hymns to invoke the Goddess. When I had my daughters in my womb, I felt they were reacting to it. Now, when we play it, they dance to it like they’ve heard it before, ”concludes the actor, who will be seen in Rudra: The Edge Of Darkness.