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This is a scene from the city's busiest supermarket: Spencers, near Statue junction. Two kids go around in a trolley as their Mom picks up stuff from the store. They don't look excited, neither dull. It seems like a ritual they got used to. They move their heads around and watch the people around. The toddlers seem uninterested with the ways of humans. "What's the big deal anyway, so they can walk in two legs. We do better, we toddle!"
Today, with many families having both parents working, their baby child is often left with the grandparents or daycare centres. Seeing a child who may be less than a year old crawling in a strange day care centre - most parents leave hesitantly for work. Rasmi B, a software engineer and a mother of two says: "Every morning when you have to leave seeing your one-year-old's face, it is a huge pain..."
But then life has to go on and so does work.
In the old days, the mother sat at home looking after the kids while the father went out to work. Today the mother and father go to work. Lucky are those kids who can spend their days with their loving grandmothers and grandfathers. But those little ones who have to depend on the mercy of a caretaker who might be looking after twenty other toddlers - may not always get all the care they want. But they are too little to know that. They make the best out of the situatuion 'cause unlike adults, they haven't learnt to crib.
When Narayana Murthy asked his wife to stay home and take care of the children, he had made an offer: "If you do not want to stop working, then I will stay home and look after them. They need one of us."
But Sudha Murthy knew Infosys was Narayana Murthy's biggest dream. So she stayed home.
When there are no grandparents, can there be an arrangment between the parents to make sure that one of them is always available for their little ones, at least until they are old enough to go to school? One would only need to take a look at those young and tiny faces to know that they need a hand to grab so as not to fall and a shoulder to rest so as to sleep in peace. But most of all they need love. Which is a better place to get it than from the ones who gave them birth?
Posted By : Cris, On Apr 15, 2010 06:39:00 PM