Sing ‘Business Lullabies’ with Terjani Khanna Goyal – Story 4 on Work Maternal Leaves
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- May 5, 2015
Say hello to the 4th mommy from Jaipur – Terjani Khanna Goyal – whose son Mannan is going to participate in the campaign ‘Business Lullabies’. As you know, this campaign advocates working mothers who return to work after maternal leaves and face stereotypes.Before we started the session, Terjani treated us with hot coffee.
Let us learn from Terjani, a Marketing Professor and an Academic Coordinator at FMS IRM, what she underwent during Mannan’s birth and how she balanced everything.
I was a banker until my son was born. After him, I took a break from working and explored myself as a mother. This break continued for a year and a half after which I decided to get back to work. However, I was clear about changing my work field. I knew I needed a job where I didn’t have to compromise with motherhood.
It wasn’t as easy as it sounds. After a long break of 2 years, I was all set to relaunch myself in the teaching field. I remember preparing myself both mentally and academically to put my 1st step forward. Educationally, I studied for my subject to understand every possible marketing term and tactic. I relied on old and new books, magazines, journals along with few websites. To keep myself active, I organized educational and cookery tutorials at my place for kids and women respectively.
To prepare myself emotionally, I asked myself few questions like what do I want to change in my life, where do I see myself in next 25 years, etc.
Everything was fine but there was just one problem – self-doubt. Even after this long maternity break and a strong preparation, I was doubtful what if I wouldn’t be able to manage my time. I, in no way, wanted to sacrifice family-time. I have had enough of all that in the previous job.
I remember that period as something challenging & very demanding. I call it the most difficult phase of my life.
I & my husband are best friends. When I shared with him my decision of switching to teaching field, he sensed the concern hidden behind it. What he said next changed my perception forever. He told me: “I trust the woman in you & your little son trusts the mother in you. So don’t even doubt the educationist in you.”
Oh, it is an amazing place to work at. The co-workers, the management, the students, everyone is wonderful. Wonderful not only because we get along so well, but because they have accepted me the way I am. With no stereotypes to face, I am able to explore myself and learn new things. I realized the deadlock was within me.
About ‘Business Lullabies’
After all these years, I have been able to grab a valuable lesson. As a career oriented woman, if you can’t handle work and home simultaneously, there is something seriously wrong with your thought process.
Photographer: Shashank K Tyagi