Home-keeping hearts are the happiest.
—'Song' by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
THE emancipated woman has returned home. To a second liberation. Unshackling itself from the careerist's compulsions, a growing tribe of the '90s women is finding release within the confines of familial walls. Working Woman isn't a synonym for the progressive woman anymore. Now, it's politically correct to be just mom. Or wife.
"Thank God that the days of reactionary—and torturous—feminism are over. You don't have to do all that men do and more, to qualify as a liberated woman," asserts Suruchi Kapoor, who recently quit her advertising job as associate manager in Sista Saatchi & Saatchi. At 29, and married for over seven months, Kapoor feels no regret at losing a Rs 15,000 monthly pay-packet to gain what she values most—her identity as a woman. "I want to enjoy being a wife." Content with her newfound deliverance, Kapoor socialises, reads and meditates. "My horizons have widened. And most importantly, I am spending more...