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Teacher Indu Choudhry Tells How Her Own Salary Makes Her Life Happier

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  •  October 7, 2015


We might have spoken about teachers a lot many times; but somehow each story turns out to be unique and inspiring. This time, we are in conversation with Jaipur-based social-science teacher, Indu Choudhry.

When you think of the teacher you’d like to be, who comes to mind? Every one of us has got atleast one teacher as idol. Indu is a favorite of many students too, but to reach this platform, she had to go travel a tough way._MG_8472

Read her story in her own words:


My father pressurized me and my sister to study and get degrees in order to be independent. Once we were married, he pushed us to go for interviews to grab jobs with handsome salaries. Even though when my sister wanted to give up her job just because her husband is financially sound, my father kept pursuing her.


I think my house-wife mother acted as a trigger in his life. Seeing his own wife sitting at home and depending on her husband for everything provoked him to change his daughters’ fate.

Life after marriage

I turned out to be the first working woman in my generation of my in-laws’ house. This, of course, did not go down well with few relatives and in turn, generated rifts between us._MG_8462

But I never swayed away from my decision and continued working. I think the situation is changing now. Recently, a boy from this relative’s family has got married to a working woman.


Support of husband

After father, my husband has played a crucial role towards my career’s advancement. When I was facing opposition for the choices I made, he was the one who stood beside me. He acted as my support system and kept me strong with his words. He is still the same, not wanting me to give up in front of this world. _MG_8506

Benefits of being financially independent

First, you don’t have to wait for your husband’s salary at the end of every month in order to buy groceries, etc. Also, the kind of satisfaction I get when I am able to fulfill my children’s desires is unmatched.


Second, since I am not able to give too much time into cooking, I have hired a talented cook whom I pay from my salary. You name the dish, and he can prepare it. Be it Indian, continental…anything! His salary is more than what a typical cook might charge, but I don’t mind. Since my family is quite foodie, every member enjoys having him around and this is happiness to me.


And third, the kind of values that I am inconspicuously passing onto my kids is one of the biggest benefits. They are learning about the profound term ‘women empowerment’.


Why every woman should work

Even if you are earning Rs. 10,000 a month, you can lead a life I am talking about. You can hire a maid for household-chores like cleaning, washing clothes, etc; someone who can make things easy at home. The maid’s salary won’t cost you more than 3-4k, right? Moreover, you can buy vegetables and groceries from this money and be a support to your husband. I am sure; you will still be able to save some money which you can get deposited in a saving account. Not a bad idea, according to me!


It is as if Indu has made us understand the term ‘financial independence’ in the simplest of words. Do you have an inspiring story to share? Write to us at

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