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by Gitanjali | 2 September 2013 | No Comments


Staring at a bare space, the first page of a blank word document and wondering what my very first blog should be about, is fairly terrifying!

The other day a met a young journalist at an art exhibition, as I see myself as a journalist who is doing a huge amount of corporate communication, and much too little journalism these days, I was immediately drawn to her, and we got talking. She had amazing clarity about what how she saw her life. She was just 26 but she planned to get married before the end of the year, and start a family, ”because one can always concentrate on one’s career, but its best to start a family before thirty, she reasoned.

My mind did a quick flashback to another conversation with a young fashion designer on a train, almost a decade ago, when I was researching “The Great Indian Family” . That young girl, had just persuaded her father to withdraw all the money he had set aside for her wedding, to pursue fashion in Germany. She did not envisage getting married or starting a family in the foreseeable future, though there was young man who had come to see her off, and she did confide that he wished to marry her. I respected her choice, but I was curious, had she ever heard of the joys of marriage, or motherhood, I asked. She was quite forthright in her response, “No” , she said, she really had not.

One part of me was delighted that a new generation could of women had travelled so very far and could fashion destinies apparently completely free from the traditional pressure to marry and have children. Another part of me was saddened that a roles that had women had cherished over all others for millennia, were suddenly forgotten overshadowed by the multitude of dizzying new possibilities that now beckoned.

Families are changing –and so are relationships within the family. Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, the equations are now different-and they are evolving in very interesting ways.


From the Blog

1st
Sept 2013

TICKING BIO CLOCK

In many ways, the issues of work family balance are well known. The real challenge is to understand how to use this information in making one’s own life choices. Should one marry early or late, or not at all, should.

13th
Aug 2013

THE MORE THINGS CHANGE

When I was researching issues related to family life for my book, “The Great Indian Family” in the early 2000s, I did find that no matter how husbands and wives, mothers in law and daughters in law renegotiated roles and.

10th
Aug 2013

STRESSED INDIAN WOMEN

Indian women the most stressed in the world, a 2011 Nielsen survey, “Women of Tomorrow”, of 6,500 women across 21 different nations, found, with 87% stating that they felt stressed most of the time. 82% had no free time at.

2nd
Aug 2013

THOUGHTS ON WORK LIFE

Staring at a bare space, the first page of a blank word document and wondering what my very first blog should be about, is fairly terrifying! I have so many thoughts about this whole issue of work-family balance, and the...

2nd
Sept 2013

BACK TO THE FUTURE

The other day a met a young journalist at an art exhibition, as I see myself as a journalist who is doing a huge amount of corporate communication, and much too little journalism these days, I was immediately drawn to her, and we got talking.