Friday, February 20, 2015

To My Friend Who Chooses To Be Childfree

To My Friend Who Chooses To Be Childfree

Some of the commenters seem upset by this letter, which tells a friend, Sam, that she is not judged for choosing to be childfree. I would hesitate before coming to such a conclusion, since I think we need an understanding of Indian culture before really knowing where the author, Swati, is coming from. Also, the author is not basing this on simply assuming Sam feels judged, but rather on Sam's discomfort when admitting she is childfree.

Regardless of how you feel about the author, or this letter, I think that this allows us to get some insight into what it is like to be childfree in India. I welcome comments from those who understand it better than I. While I have friends who are Indian-American, have read a ridiculous about of Desi chick lit, and may spend a little too much time eating in Jackson Heights, I still have a great deal left to learn.

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