New Delhi: Former national chess champion Anuradha Beniwal believes that traveling solo can help liberate women.
"Traveling solo can liberate in many ways. You decide for yourself - from very simple decisions like whether to take the bus or train or whether to stay in a hostel or a hotel. One decides for herself and the 'decision making process' can be extremely liberating."
Beniwal who recently penned a travelogue titled, "Azadi Mera Brand" (Rajkamal Publications) on experiences from her solo travel across Europe currently runs a Chess Academy in London.
According to her, women in the Indian society are dictated by the boundaries drawn by people around them.
"Women in our society are ashamed of stepping outside the threshold that is defined for them by the society. Although that boundary might change according to the circumstances, the 'laxman rekha' is always there," she says. For, the around 30 year-old, the idea of freedom is the ability to be one's own self and live life on one's own terms without having to break any barriers.
"Freedom is to be yourself. And the barriers are so many that they do get broken as you live. It is like you are caged in a glass box and you want to step out into the garden, the glass gets broken. You don't want to break the glass, you only want to go out. The breaking just happens!" she says, while emphasising that society "should help achieve this.”...