The journey of the modern Indian woman has been an exemplary one. She has made a phenomenal transition, shedding her conservative avatar and stepping into the shoes of a bread-earner, a financial contributor. At the same time, she is still close to her roots as she understands the significance of being a daughter, a wife, a daughter-in-law and a mother. Truly, she has evolved as an individual and today, she emulates a perfect combination of tradition and modernity.
Yes, there are hindrances that curb her growth as an individual in her own right, but the modern Indian woman has proved her mettle by emerging strongly in the face of every single challenge. She has successfully managed to walk the tightrope and balance the roles of a homemaker and a professional. She has traditional values but her modern frame of mind aligns these values with the current lifestyle. Marriage is perhaps the most challenging phase of her evolution as she has to live up to the new family’s expectations without losing her individuality. However, she is all set to embrace this challenge and use it as an opportunity to show her true colours.
Marriage should come at the right time
Today, the Indian woman has to be very sure about taking the big leap otherwise she would not do it. For her, marriage has to come only when she is ready for it, not when parents set up a timeline or as they seem to approach the “societal deadline”. The same goes for the choice of a life partner, whether the match is arranged or otherwise. Living with in-laws is no longer a cause for concern as this confident young woman usually looks to sort things out before stepping into the relationship. She would prefer an open discussion with her partner so that there are no misunderstandings once they begin their life together.
She is ready to be different and challenge conventions
The confident Indian diva is ready to think differently and challenge conventions. She is a leader and not a follower. She expects respect and love from her partner and is willing to give it back, but without making any compromises. And the same goes for her workplace. She is totally effortless as she slips into the role of a corporate professional from that of a homemaker. This is the woman who would love to try out a saree with a pair of jeans or take up a job which is quintessentially a part of the “male arena”. This is the woman who does not hesitate to voice out her opinion at home or at her workplace.
She loves being herself in her relationships
Whether it is marriage or work, the modern Indian woman is keen to be who she really is instead of wearing a fake face. To her, being different is about loving her personality and not changing it to make others happy. She is assertive, clear about her aspirations as well as her boundaries. She is not afraid to portray herself as an individual with her own needs as opposed to the notion of being a traditional homemaker who is willing to give up her wishes for others. She values her happiness and independence as much as those of her partner, children, family, and colleagues. Faking happiness is no longer her way of life as she is who she is, a unique individual with her own opinions, values, sensibilities and intelligence.
She loves the Indian culture but does not follow it blindly
Today’s woman is progressive in thinking but still, has a deep-rooted respect for the Indian culture and traditions. Whether it is about adorning “sindoor” or fasting on karwa chauth, she loves following the traditions yet is not staunch while she follows conventions. She holds customs close to her heart but has the flexibility to adapt according to the situation. Both her home and career are important to her and she makes sure that neither of the two is compromised for the other one.
Things are easier for single Indian women but marriage definitely spells change for them. However, the mindset in the country has undergone a significant change as people are opening up to the idea of having a daughter-in-law who would not give up her career post-marriage. The positive change in this direction has to come from the woman as well as her family, and of course, her partner.