Sunday, June 24, 2007

Indian Paper Covers Childfreedom

When good news
Many couples today are simply choosing not to have children. While the reasons to remain childless vary for each couple, freedom to pursue their dreams and set the pace of their lifestyle seems to top the chart. Rekha Borgohain Dixit meets couples for whom the worst news is the euphemistic good news.

Mita De smiles to herself every time she catches someone looking at her with pity. She knows well enough what people talk about her when she is not around: “Poor thing, they've been married for over six years now, and still, no good news!” Smita knows that if she were to ever tell these well meaning friends and neighbours that becoming pregnant is the worst news she could get, they'd think she had taken leave of her senses.
Smita isn't your regular DINK (double income no kids). She is, in fact, a homemaker by choice. Happily married and comfortably well off. Pleased with her lot. “We are a happy threesome - my husband, our dog, and me. We don't need a child to complete our family, as they say,” emphasises the 30-something woman.
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Agrees Asha, mother of a seven-year-old. “Frankly, I don't see what's the big deal about having children. Had I married a man who, like my brother and sister-in-law, was not keen on children, I wouldn't have had any problems with the decision. Of course, now that I have my boy, I cannot live without him.”

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