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A go getter who took marriage, pregnancy, and childcare in her stride as she did two professional degrees, and a fulfilling career as a gynaecologist, while also being a single mom most of the time as an army wife, this mom is inspiring!
This is a topic very close to my heart. I love my children as much as any mother would or does, but I try to incorporate my own life, my aspirations and dreams, with those of my family and children.
I’ve had perfect timing I must say! insert eyeroll I got married 2 weeks before my Final MBBS exam and that sort of set the pace for the rest of my life.
Having married an Army officer I took the option of getting commissioned into the Medical Corps of the Army. I took a Short Service commission to see how it would suit me, and how I would fit into a way of life I’d never been exposed to before.
Surprisingly it was a good fit and I enjoyed the scope and ethos of the Army life both as a professional and the wife of an officer which is a job in itself.
So much for the background.
My son was born after a brief tryst with infertility, and the pregnancy was an obstetrician’s nightmare; an extremely complicated pregnancy. That set the stage for my next career step as I realised how much there is to having a good Gynecologist.
It was time to take a permanent commission, which entailed an exam and interview. Having cleared that, I appeared for the PG entrance. My son was 3 by then, and starting on his own schooling. I loved teaching him and taking him out for picnics and vacations.
By the time I completed my MD I was blessed with my daughter. It stressed me no end as I had topped my course in all exams but having 2 kids, with one barely a month old was not the perfect setting to ace your exams! However I surprised myself by getting the 1st Rank in Pune University.
Thereafter I’ve not done any post PG as I felt my kids had to start studying and I had to stop! However I had great tenures and the best part was that I got an opportunity to get into the teaching faculty at AFMC and other teaching hospitals, and soon became a Professor.
My kids were encouraged to follow their dreams and my son Rohan, who is an Engineer, won a national video game Jam and is presently following a career in making video Apps n games at Byjus.
My daughter Apoorva has an avid interest in horse riding is now a Bachelor in Mass Media from Mumbai University. She and I share a love for writing too.
I’ve loved reading and writing, and indulging in this hobby was also part of my own dreams. I also paint and cook. Cooking is a stress buster and a way to connect the dots at the family dinner table.
I write on a few platforms including Women’s Web, and my blog Ripples and Reflections too is fairly successful in garnering views and readership. I won an award from Women’s Web too and keep having my own little moments in winning Flash Fiction and several other prompts on various platforms.
I’ve been a single parent for a very large part of out parenting life, mostly because my husband’s work as an Artillery Officer in the Indian Army kept him away from home very very often. Yet we as a family have very strong emotional bonding, and I like to think we have a great connect which includes my talented and beautiful brand new daughter-in-law Ann.
Presently I’m a Brigadier in the Army heading a 250 bedded hospital and am doing the administration of the hospital which is what the Army expects at this rank.
All in all, I feel I’ve followed my own dreams with a few compromises, and helped my children achieve theirs too, and that is what makes me happy, proud, and most importantly content.
What happens in a social milieu like ours that anyway tells a woman that she is not important enough? That her dreams are secondary? That everything else comes first, and maybe after everything is taken care of, can she dare to dream for herself? What happens once she becomes a mom?
But the badass woman of today doesn’t have to put herself last – maybe she can do both? Being a mom AND being herself? Finding a place for her dreams too, and going after them, without attempting to be the ‘superwoman’ society wants her to be? Do you believe in being #MomAndMore?
Editor’s note: Aruna Menon is the second winner of our #MomAndMore blogathon for Mother’s Day! Congratulations from Team Women’s Web! Aruna wins an Amazon gift voucher for Rs 500.
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A Gynecologist by profession n blogger by passion, I love words!
I love weaving life experiences into verse and prose. I'm particularly interested in relationships and how they work.
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Chetan Bhagat had no business slut shaming Uorfi Javed or any other woman. If he wants to 'guide' young men in the 'right direction' then he should take accountability for his words.
Chetan Bhagat, one of India’s bestselling authors, thought it was an ingenious idea to slut-shame Uorfi Javed, an Indian actress and influencer, at the Sahitya Aaj Tak literature festival.
“Phone has been a great distraction for the youth, especially the boys, spending hours just watching Instagram Reels. Everyone knows who Uorfi Javed is. What will you do with her photos? Is it coming in your exams or you will go for a job interview and tell the interviewer that you know all her outfits? On one side, there is a youth who is protecting our nation at Kargil and on another side, we have another youth who is seeing Uorfi Javed’s photos hiding in their blankets.”
Uorfi Javed responded with a video on her Instagram stories calling out Bhagat’s bluff. She shared the screenshots of his previous chat conversations with Ira Trivedi, author and yoga instructor, which came to light during the #MeToo movement.
While boys are taught to naturally own the space they enter, girls are taught to give up, to accommodate, to adjust since "it is their primary responsibility to keep families and relations together."
Yesterday, I was watching these 4 young girls around 16 – 17 years old play badminton. They were having fun, goofing around with all 4 of them equally involved in the game.
In some time two of their male friends joined them, and as part of round robin, the 2 boys replaced two of the girls. All good.
As the play continued, I started noticing a change in the way the game was being played. The shuttle was played most of the times between the two boys and there was a sense of competition and aggression brought in. The other 2 girls playing soon starting losing interest in the game as they hardly got any game time. Even if the shuttle came towards them, the boy in their team would move and play that shot. They soon moved to the sidelines as the boys continued to play.
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