Oh, my daughter is special!
They are different from sons, you know..
She is studying quite well, but one does not want to burden them right?
She chose this new field called architecture, I mean newly popular field, for her career.
They do designing there, of course. Buildings and things like that. Not apartment kind of buildings, but creative stuff…not boring like IT!
I pray for a future for her where it’s going to be comfortable a bit later, so I think this is perfect for her. Why?.. Because she can manage things better then. Marriage, kids, in-laws.. a woman’s life is complicated . It has always been. I don’t want her pushed to compromise too much. Compromises will have to be made, but with architecture , I think it will be easier. Unlike a stressful job in the corporate world or, God forbid, high pressure fields like medicine!
She could take time off a bit and get back. I am sure her husband will manage while she can really take off and take care of things at home. Creativity is never lost. I hope she would be in a good family where she can manage both home and work sooner than otherwise. I know she is talented and it shouldn’t go waste!!
Architecture is quite a growing field. One can do interior design too or landscape design, right from home. It involves selections and creative decisions for others, a matter of taste. She will be in a well connected family and in the future it’s going to be much easier to pick up projects. And from home! I know people who do that.
Yes, I think it’s a perfect choice.
My daughter is special. She will be where I could have been.
She is pretty good at studies. I have made sure of that. Her career is going to be in architecture.
Of course , I recommended it! I have seen this field, emerging, becoming more popular!
One should be involved in creative pursuits. Her schooling was also about that. Math, science, commerce. Life cannot be around just these things. Architecture is a noble field. Back in my days, people would not understand. I have a good life, but I could have done something more interesting as a career you know. I am going to make sure my daughter gets this advantage to choose her career!
Her interests? ..Oh, how can she understand the vast possibilities too much now? Of course she is intelligent, but one needs guidance, you know. The field will fulfill her dreams and mine. It is not about commercial success. Her family will support her, while she can pursue this creative field. Money may be a challenge in this field, but life is not about money!
She will be respected, have you seen people express their appreciation when you tell them about architecture and the things they can do! That is important in the society, you know! She is going to design famous buildings, Aesthetic and monumental. I look forward to that future… for her!
My daughter is special, has her place in this world!
Her career? She chose architecture. She has her reasons and I respect that! She shared her aspirations with me, while she spent time looking around and the internet does open up the world when one is seeking to explore.
A career for her, I understand is about pursuing something that she can be passionate about. Architecture challenges her. She tells me about the long hours, the vastness of her field and I am fascinated at her determination.
She tells me about the idea of nurture that the planet needs. The idea which is bigger than commercial exploitation, deeper than personal success. She talks about reaching out to people who have been ignored, about solutions to problems often ignored in housing, health, sanitation, in transport, in public and private spaces.
It will be a tough journey. Travel, late nights and long hours. She would be dealing with people across the society. She may work away from her home city. But I need to let her go. She has a plan and we will look out for where it takes her, how it turns out. We cannot be bothered about the future too much, you know. Times are changing. The world is shrinking and the relationships one keeps in this world will be based more on trust, than playing to conventional expectations. She will choose her relationships. As for me, I hope to have the privilege of watching her go through her journey. The pain, the pleasure, the disappointments and the wonders of life.
Life has to be lived, one day at a time. I wish her the best. That is all.
by Samarendra M.Ramachandra
Featured image: Egyptian Goddess Ma’at (personification of truth, balance, order, harmony, law, morality, and justice)