Shweta, with her children
Update: Shweta Mallick has sent a response. It is at the end of the article.
Shweta worked from 2001 to 2006, thereafter quit because her first baby was born and she wanted to be a full-time mother. Post the birth of her first child, Shweta took on a part-time job of a teacher and also pursued art in a mjor way.
Shweta, the student
As a student, Shweta is full-time immersed in studies. She takes part in as many activities in the institute and is game for all the excursions and extra-curricular activities. She works late on assignments and is as much involved group work as any other.
So does the mother feel guilty at all? “No, why guilt. My children are in good hands and they are happy I am doing what I want to, so why should I feel guilty” Shweta asks.
From the four children, the twins miss her the most and make sure she knows that on Skype. Her second daughter who is the most pampered gets a earful from her mother every day since ‘brushing teeth’ is not one of her favourite activities. The eldest has taken on an interesting role. She is most concerned about her mummys classroom and keeps tabs on her academic performance. And probably, its these memories that keep Shweta Mallick, the super-mom going about her student life everyday because she has met her children only twice after joining IIM Raipur – both during the term breaks.
Shweta plans to take them all on her summer internship.
Below is a mail sent by Shweta Mallick, who is finding it hard to digest that so many (in the comments section) view mothers women and children in such a low light.
Such an irony, considering the current wave that has gripped the entire country, the cry to to treat women with respect and dignity.
Thanks for the coverage.
But it is actually taking a toll on me reading some 20 plus people educating me about what ought to be done and why my children were not supposed to be on earth. I wanted to reply but they are not even worth responding to. Alas! this world of male chauvinism sees but what was to be seen, they are unable to accept the success of a female who is living life on her own terms.
Strangely enough people have already reached a conclusion that it was for a male child and my husband was the sole reason behind this, rather than being happy about my bringing up three daughters.
I guess those people who ACCURATELY give birth to one son and one daughter duo or two sons are BLESSED. Some have decided that we are going to kill the fifth child, If we were those sorts we would have had a son in the very first go, 4 werent needed !Its not that anywhere have I preached having more kids, its just that I have been endowed with grace enough not to comment on others personal life.
Its my life and I do not owe an explanation to any one..Second, for those bothered about China, clarify it to them that compulsorily banning second child has lead to a humungous gender disparity in Chin a(with more than a difference of 30 million).
I actually feel sad about people like these who will one day have TWO COMMODITIES…….. and not children, may be their parents didnt love them enough to raise the bond beyond head counting.
And for those bothered about my or my childrens prospects, I have already been placed for summers and my children will prove their worth at all costs rather than counting others children. May be they land at MITs/Harvard and be at a place which actually respects motherhood. I would not have commented even this much but I want to defend my children who have become a topic of discussion, they are too small to answer and when they will they will not answer in words but in action.
I would like you to attach this as an excerpt to the article, both on PG and other sites which have taken the same article.
Thanks n regards,
(We have edited the mail Shweta sent to us, and her views are on the comments posted on our site as well as others which have picked up this article.)