Jyothika announces her retirement from acting post her marriage.
This has sparked such a debate- in the office, on NDTV, on the bus, in the loo. It is not as if there is a dearth of good actresses. It is not as though she has retired from any and every kind of work. One would think she is joining a monastery the way people are reacting. She has only hung up her acting shoes- for the time being. As with Khusboo, she may reinvent herself or come back like Kajol did. Or she may stay content being Surya's wife and her in laws DIL. It is her decision after all.
Marriage and maternity can turn out to be the reasons for a well deserved break for most women- not for men though- oh no, no sabbatical for them! Under the guise of spending time on the home or your child- you can say bye bye to long hours in the office, avoid having to commute, nagging bosses, inconsiderate subordinates. Then again is it hardly a break to be slogging at home or mooning around the house ( if your hubby works late hours and you are in a nuclear family) or have to listen to endless banter if you are in a joint family. And yes, not everyone enjoys diaper changing and hourly feedings all the time.
Some women, are prepared to juggle the two. Some who quit work view motherhood as a second career and envision starting a third when they're ready to return to work. Some of these women are educated professionals who have invested years in higher education and are at the peak of their careers. I guess to each their own.
My father says " You need to be involved & not attached to your work." I think that is so true in my case. I remain involved at work and attached to my home front.
It is a BIG decision and either way it seems like a compromise. But I hope none of us including Jyothika regrets our decision- which is indeed a very personal one, despite all the public ramifications it has & whatever bloggers may say about it.