A Tyranny

Sakshi Swarup

Denial in coming out of the bounds just because__?

Hey, like a person as the way they are but a fat body is a tweak in the eye __?

Might be able to mount up in a better way if took HELP but __?

Altogether get settled before that agreed age __?

Social Stigma on a woman as to how she should carry herself to match a set mind frame __?

The Daughter or son is still unmarried. Parents are worried __?

No to abortion just because __?

The parents know that their daughter is being ill-treated by her in-laws and her life has become hell. They want to bring her back from that atmosphere but __?

Let’s not even start talking about homosexuality as __?

Marriage for middle-aged people is most unusual for the society. What is wrong if a middle-aged widow decides to get married at a later age but their children are worried __?

The intensity of the situations might differ but it boils down to a single statement which is,

What will people say

This sentence has killed more dreams than anything else in the world.

We seldom realize, that our most private impressions and feelings are not our own. For we think in terms of languages and facade which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.

It’s funny how any stranger’s perception can feed on a person’s mind and influence their approach towards a certain situation.

There are innumerable happenings where we are stopped from doing what our heart desires and which will ultimately give us happiness and satisfaction just, because we are worried about What will people say and react?

We live in a society where we can never do anything out of the ordinary because it will be considered as a taboo.

We claim to be open-minded.

Alas! We’re not.

You can do nothing different, try you may.
But what will the society think, they’ll say?

Who are ‘they’ in our society? These people,
Isn’t the society made of us? Aren’t we the people?
What is this societal dictatorship?
Why do we worry so much about the beliefs these people carry?

It is better said than done, that live your life on your terms but somewhat we live in a society obsessed with public opinion, and to preach “Do what you think is right” seems a little strenuous.

It poses a juxtaposition on human nature who has the tendency to comment on other’s behavior but when it’s on them it becomes a classic case of a judgemental society.


Gender Equality is just a publicity stunt.
But when it comes to their daughters, they’ll grunt.
They’ll also lead rallies to promote the same.
But such Humbugs has no regret or shame.

To prove a retaliation on the ongoing issues, people try to have contrasting beliefs but in the back of their minds, the same question keeps scorching back that, what will the people say.

Why does public opinion and approval take precedence over our personal choice or happiness?

As the moon doesn’t go through phases but the perspective about the moon does go through it. No matter what the calendar says, the moon is always full. Regardless of someone’s opinion, perspective, or inability to see it as whole and complete, the moon is unapologetically brim-full and so can us.

Preferably, we should be in the space of acknowledging to ourselves when confronted with,

What Will People Say?

By a retort,

Just Words!


  • Something we should work on.
    Nicely brought out

  • Well said👏🏻

    Mohit Momaya
  • Beautifully expressed Sakshi! Great going ❤️

  • Well said!

  • amazing

  • Beautifully written! Good job Sakshi! 👍🏽

  • That is amazingly written

  • Amazing !! ❤️❤️

    Aanchal Verma

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