Story of an Indian Parent
Indian mothers are not all about daily soaps and “did you eat?”, while Indian fathers are not all about news channels and cricket matches. Some may strongly disagree with this statement but the fact is that, an Indian parent is a lot more than just these dainty programs.
There are careers, which take up all of everybody’s focus. Rather most people’s focus, considering not everyone is career oriented.
Then there are parties, events, social life on which everybody depends in his/her own way to relax one’s mind.
Then there are marriages, families and a kid, or kids. Since we are in India, the latter is more probable but that is not important.
What’s important is if parents want the right thing for their kid or not.
Although the definition of “this is right for my kid” varies with different parents, it’s important if the kid thinks this “right” is right for him/her or not.
Again, the definition of “happy” varies. And I won’t say wishing for a successful career is wrong. Neither it is termed as setting up a very high expectation. Of course, any parent would want their kids to lead a comfortable life.
If we look closely-
- Does an engineering/doctorate degree bring happiness?
- Is an artistic career looked down upon just because it does not pay well comparatively?
- Has “wealth over health” overpowered our minds?
- Is a healthy and beautiful life not comfortable enough?
- Is a successful, yet unmindful engineer working to his/her full potential?
These questions are pretty philosophical and debatable.
India is a rich country, in terms of knowledge, talent, religion and population. This richness will only enhance as long as the future of India is happy, healthy and properly educated.
So as an Indian parent, keep the future happy
By letting them take decisions and become independent.
Keep them healthy
By giving them ample chance and exposure to achieve what they require and want.
Also give them the opportunity
To fall in love with what they do and what they learn. Let’s hold their hands and guide them to a happy place where they will understand, to understand it all.
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Aishwarya Sinha Ray
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