"I was born in a small town in Punjab. My parents were liberal but they'd made it clear to me and my sister that no matter how much we study, we'd have to get married as early as possible. So as soon as I finished my Masters in Computer Science, I was married off -- I was only 22. But I had told my husband that even after marriage, I wanted to study further, and work -- he had no problem with it.
So I did a Masters of Computer Applications too, and then started working as a professor in a university. But I'd have relatives and even neighbors telling me things like, 'Why do you have to work so hard when you have a husband?' My career apparently held no value. But I didn't let that deter me, and I kept going.
After 6 and half years, I got pregnant and had to quit my job. After I gave birth, I was excited to embrace motherhood -- but 6 months into it, I knew I wasn't cut out for sitting at home. Even my husband noticed what I was feeling and encouraged me to get back to work! Initially a lot of people rejected me because I was a mother, it was disheartening.
I took up a job as a content writer -- but they weren't paying well and I wasn't satisfied. So when I got offered a freelance project in computer science, I took it up and I realized how passionate I was about computer science -- I decided to get back into it.
But at the end of it, that entire struggle paid off. After I finished my course I got offered a project in Pune -- I was over the moon! I didn't want to leave my husband and son for 6 months, but my husband assured me that everything would be just fine and that I need to chase my dreams.
Today I'm working full time in Noida and I'm at a great post! I'm away from my family and it does get hard when I don't see my son or husband for months. But when I hear them everyday on the phone, telling me how proud they are, it all seems worth it. Every time they encourage me to work harder, I feel unstoppable, like there's nothing I can't do. They are my biggest strengths and I wouldn't be where I am, without them."
Humans of Bombay, Fb
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