Nupur, a chirpy, happy go lucky, loved life. She enjoyed every bit of her life till she got married. According to her, marriage was always a bonding which curbed female independence. She objected to the proposals of marriage. But how could she find an escape? Her mother convinced her by saying that it was a way of life and a social norm. Finally, Nupur fell prey to the institution of marriage as she called it.
She got married to Akshith, a boy from an upper middle class family who owned an auditing firm. He fell in love with Nupur at the first sight and eventually married her. Akshith was a man of few words but a very keen observer. He could study the mind of Nupur. He made her feel at ease and asked her to lead her life as she always wanted. Nupur too felt secure in his company and assisted him in documentation work of the firm. This way their life went on smoothly.
After two years of marriage, Nupur conceived and Akshith’s joy knew no bounds. But he told Nupur that he would have to work longer to generate more money. He felt he had to give the best of living for their new comer. Nupur felt really happy and proud that her hubby was so concerned in his thinking towards the welfare of the family, even before the arrival of the baby. She imagined how he would be after the baby was born. Nupur had a peaceful pregnancy and she gave birth to a baby boy in a normal way. The birth of Aakarshan, as they named him completed their family. It was a moment of celebration.
But everything is short lived, isn’t it? So was their happiness. Akshith started working for longer hours for upgrading his firm. He hardly spent time either with Nupur or Aakarshan. He was often away on business trips too. Though Nupur had domestic help at home, she felt forlorn without Akshith around her. Their standard of living increased but it decreased the strength of their love. Nupur questioned him for which he responded that he had to work harder to give a better living for the two of them. He had provided her everything i.e. needed, so she has to manage on her own now. She had the baby with her so what was so difficult according to Akshith. He seemed to be justified on his part but Nupur was not convinced. She started feeling depressed and wanted to find a solution for it. She called up her childhood friend Sunanda who spoke to her about STHREEJEEVAN- the platform exclusively meant for women where they could speak out their heart. Thanks to Sunanda for guiding Nupur to us. She feels better after talking to us. Nupur is willing to guide other women too who are like her towards STHREEJEEVAN for a stress free life.
by Sujatha Sairam, Chennai