As a mother, the question of working and then still be a ‘home minister’ is one of the toughest decision. In India, there is a social mindset that women are natural born homemakers. As such when a young lady ties the knot, she is really tied to the house as she is required by a general perception that she should be a good homemaker.
However, the urban middle class has and is breaking away from traditional mindset, tough on a gradual basis. Now, urban male and parents are happy if the woman can also work because of the cost of living having gone above the roof.
I was one of the luck few who had the chance to do what I wanted. I made it clear to my future husband and in-laws that I need to work as I have no training to become a ‘home minister’. And, thanks to them, they were even more supportive after our marriage.
I know i had bargained a lot but when a woman thinks she has got the gift to work as a ‘general’ not just take up the home ministry, one needs a resolute mind.
With our first child coming in another 6 months, I’m still working and may probably take a couple of moths maternal leave. If you ask me whether I will stop working after having a child… My answer is I will keep on working till a stage when I can take. So, wish me luck.
(If you are a workaholic, then look out for more of my writings in the coming days)