This anecdote is what happens with many of us but we fail to introspect until we hear of it or read about it. It’s a lovely dawn, the clock strikes 4.00 and its time for Ashhika to leave her bed. “What if I could sleep for another few minutes” says her inner voice but no, she isn’t allowed either to wake up late or take a break from her daily schedule as the whole day would get messed up. None other than her would have to set things right if it goes other way round. All the household chores need to be given a neat finish. Things to be kept at their right places for her in laws to give them the ease in mobility. Kids must be dropped at school on time and ensure their safety return by giving them instructions through pep talks with them. At the office come what may, she needs to put on a smile through out the day to carry on work in a smooth fashion. Somehow the day comes to an end- it’s only at the office. A lot of undone tasks at home are still wanting her attention-dinner, kid’s homework,, the petty complaints of kids as well as in laws. It’s not an easy going as some days she’s the victim of the pent up anger and frustration of her man whom she can’t even retaliate to. This is the routine most of the working women face having no quality time for themselves. They need an emotional outlet but rarely do they find and even if they find its reverted upon them by saying that they don’t know to handle. They have only two options either to fight back or continue living with it.
Have you felt this way? If so, please feel free to share your thoughts . Together we might find many more options to resolve things that are amiss.
by Sujatha Sairam, Chennai