Dr. Reeta Kakkar (Dr. RK): At my time, I did get my in-laws support. They were very supportive. Naturally with work and with kids, I couldn't have managed without my in-laws and my husband's support. I love to spend time with my children, grandchildren and with my husband during the weekends.
CJ: How do you manage to work and look after your family?
Dr. RK: That's purely an adjustment, as I had my own clinic, my timings were from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm and later in the evening from 5:30 pm to 8:00pm. So, it wasn't a problem. And when my kids had exam, I used to take off in the evenings from my clinic.
CJ: How do you and your kids spend time together?
Dr. RK: Me and my kids are very very close to each other, and we share all our secrets. The bond between me and my kids is becoming stronger as they are growing up. And I do enjoy it, and I feel privileged. I have been like a friend with them.
CJ: How would you like to spend Mother's day this time? What are you expecting out of your children and husband?
Dr. RK: My son is planning the day and we will probably go out for lunch. And when I told my husband that, I am getting calls about mother's day sale, so he laughed and said, 'let's go out and shop'.
CJ: Being a mother, wife and a working women, is it true that your personal space takes a backstage? Or does the city provides you with enough opportunities to build your own space?
Dr. RK: No, I don't agree with that. There are limits everywhere, mother-wise you should be a mother and in personal life, I have my friends, but none of the departments interfere with each other. So, I feel that, if you want than you can spare time for all. And if you love your work, then you can adjust everything accordingly. And Gurgaon is such a nice place, where there are ample of opportunities and everything is good here.
CJ: What are your interests?
Dr. RK: I am very fond of cooking, I love to bake, and also experiment new dishes. Apart from this, I love to listen light music and old songs and I am also fond of games.
CJ: When we were growing up, we hardly celebrated any day let alone mothers' day. Why do you think there is a sudden shift in priorities?
Dr. RK: When we were young, we knew only about children's day and we have never heard about any other day. But, after Archies came off, all these days started, like valentines day, mothers day, fathers day, daughters day, grandparents day etc. And I don't think, there is anything wrong in celebrating these days as it's a way of celebration. Early in the morning your children call you up, they wish you and you get gifts, it makes you feel special.