Often women reach a crossroads in life, where they have to choose between their personal and professional lives, between dreams and duties – and it’s not easy. From marriage to motherhood, these life events often come as a challenge to one’s career graph – but why can’t a woman have both?
They can. In fact, we have had growing number of instances wherein women have walked this balance quite successfully, and the latest is this young woman from Telengana.
Twenty-four-year-old Rachana Alluri has a dream – becoming a teacher and in that has been pursuing her Diploma in Education (DEd). As it happened, her wedding and exam dates coincided. In a situation like this, women often have to make a choice – marriage or exam? But thanks to her family and in-laws, she could do both. The Telangana bride appeared for the exam decked in her wedding attire, after both the families agreed to postpone the muhurat (auspicious time) by a few hours, The News Minute reported.
The report said that when the wedding was fixed six months ago, she was under the impression that her exams would be held in late October, but when dates were announced she was startled to find the dates clashing with her wedding date and time. “I was shocked. My exam dates were clashing with the wedding date and muhurtam. My exam timings are 9 am to 12 pm and my muhurtum was at 11:02 am on November 25,” the report quoted the bride.
As wedding rituals are conducted by panchangs and an auspicious time is fixed, the families were initially wary about postponing the date, but after much thought they agreed her dream was important and bent the ‘rules’. Many believe that it’s an omen for the bride to leave the house on her wedding day, but they were ready to overlook all that for her sake as well.
Alluri says that managing everything was difficult, but is straddling both marriage and exams with conviction and support.