• Under the Raintree Festival

'Gender Neutral Works!!' by Vidya Krishna

Mind over gender, skills over frills

Glass ceilings shatter, knock down grilles.

Calibre at the core and talent to the fore

Not gender alone, enough for you to score

Mind over gender, skills over frills

Glass ceilings shatter, knock down grilles.

Put your skills on the table, see how you fare 

Man, woman, trans, why should workplaces care?

Lingering long gazes, no longer do me scare

STEM, audit, fine arts, all games fair and square

Mind over gender, skills over frills

Glass ceilings shatter, knock down grilles.

If a man wants to dance or a woman seeks to fly

Then that's what they do, no conditions should apply

No longer will our organs, force us to fight shy

If to stop us you want, we'd like for you to try

Mind over gender, skills over frills

Glass ceilings shatter, knock down grilles. 

Be it man, woman or be it anyone between

Just a tick in the box, not some judgement supreme

On work platforms just, let performances stream

Winners shining bright, through murky gender screens

Mind over gender, skills over frills

Glass ceilings shatter, knock down grilles.

For spaces in some heads, I surmise very dense

Organs as résumés, might make perfect sense

It’s that very bias, we’re seeking to cleanse

Let's wear down defences, shelving token pretence

Mind over gender, skills over frills

Glass ceilings shatter, knock down grilles.

If you think not I deserve, then show me the data

Not gender and babies, weighing down my biodata 

Free work spaces now, of the gender pay strata

A Sudha Murthy once, did confront a mighty Tata

Mind over gender, skills over frills

Glass ceilings shatter, knock down grilles.

We've come a long way, and change is here to stay 

No boss should be able to, my gender for, me flay 

Talent and work alone, will my job, let me slay 

Here's to our future, up, up and away 

Mind over gender, skills over frills

Glass ceilings shatter, knock down grilles!