Solo travel can set women free: Chess champion Anuradha Beniwal


New Delhi: Former national chess champion Anuradha Beniwal believes traveling alone can help free women.

“Traveling alone can be liberated in many ways. You decide for yourself, from very simple decisions, such as whether you take the bus or the train or whether you are staying in a hostel or a hotel. You decide for yourself. and it can be extremely liberating. “

Beniwal, who recently wrote a travel book entitled “Azadi Mera Brand” (Rajkamal Publications) about experiences of his solo journey through Europe, currently runs a chess academy in London.

According to her, women in Indian society are dictated by the boundaries set by the people around them.

“The women of our society are ashamed to go beyond the threshold that society defines for them. While this frontier may change depending on the circumstances, the ‘laxman rekha’ is always there,” she says. For people in their 30s, the idea of ​​freedom is the ability to be yourself and live life on your own terms without having to break any barriers.

“Freedom is being yourself. And the barriers are so many that they break while you live. It’s like you’re caged in a glass box and you want to go out in the garden, the glass breaks. You don’t.” I don’t want to break the glass, you just want to get out. The breakup just happens! he says, stressing that society “should help achieve this.”