“Hailing from an orthodox family, my parents want me married by the age of 12. However, I managed to fight my way out and went on to finish my graduation. Although I was not ready for marriage even then, I had to agree because I had no valid reason, but my father couldn’t find the right match at that point. So, it gave me the window to start working.
A few months later, my marriage was fixed with a guy who I did not even see or talk to, despite there being a six-month window being my engagement and the wedding. All I knew was that my father had chosen this groom and he is going to be the right person for me. I know that my father loves me, is proud of me and has fought a lot of battles on my behalf with the community and society to let me do what my heart desires. So, I was more than happy to marry the guy he chose for me.
I got married and finally got to meet the guy, I was just hoping it will be someone who respects and acknowledges my dream even if he didn’t let me pursue it. But I got lucky. Here was a man who was willing to fight the world for my happiness, he kept pushing me towards excellence and became my pillar of support. My husband was indeed my knight in shining armor. I went on to find a job of my interest, build a career and we were managing the family together.
A couple of months ago, I got an opportunity to work in Netherlands, my family was not very happy about it. But, my husband handled it all on my behalf. I am done with my training and all set to start a new life here in Netherlands. My family was supposed to join me in the first week of April. Its been six years since our wedding and this is the first time I am spending a long time away from my husband. While I miss him by my side during this lockdown period, I see this as a time to appreciate his presence in my life.
Getting married to a man who believes in my dreams was like the world telling me that there will be a way to achieve your goals if you are really passionate about it!”
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