After spending six months of maternity leave, spending quality time with our daughter and enjoying the new phase of life to the fullest, here I am to say thank you to our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. It is because of him and his government that six months leave was granted to me. It is a duration long enough for any working woman, to take good care of her child and join back office without any worry or guilt.
Such laws are what actually showcase gender equality. To top it over, icing on the cake is that, both at work place and home everyone is so supportive. Whether it be your husband, parents, siblings, relatives or friends, everyone is so supportive and loving. Thanks to the maternity leave, I am able to spend quality time with all near and dear ones. Was away from home for studies and then job, its after more than a decade, was able to spend substantial number of days with my mom, dad, bhai and bhabhi(once you are married and working in another city, more than ten fifteen days at maika is difficult and if you get that, nothing like it!).
In a way, it’s kind of a sabbatical for which I got paid even before getting at the CXO level, but at the same time it’s my duty to join back office exactly when I promised my boss. As its only then that one actually respects the law and truly believes in gender equality. Having said that, it’s obvious that this is only possible if you have someone close like your mom in law or mom to look after your kid in the initial months, once you join back office(If not, then you can any day extend your maternity leave with LWP 😊 If you’ve really added value to your organization, you’ll always have doors open whenever you want to join back).
It’s been few days since I joined back my office, and can only say that it’s a better me who has joined back office, with fresh thoughts, more confidence, and with one more reason to work harder and better and that is to be an inspiration for my new love, my daughter, Diya!