Dot­ing dads take on night shifts for wife, child’s sake

HT City - - My City - Henna Rakheja

Gone are the days when women, af­ter de­liv­er­ing their chil­dren, had to put their ca­reers on hold to be able to tend to their lit­tle ones. This Fa­ther’s Day, we look at some dads who are not just hands-on with their kid’s up­bring­ing, but are also will­ingly opt­ing for night shift jobs to al­low their wives to pur­sue their pro­fes­sional dreams.

“It’s by choice that I take up night shifts. Why should I let my wife choose be­tween her job and our child? If we say that a baby is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of both the par­ents and men must sup­port women, then why not be­gin by tak­ing this step?” says Bhawesh Thakur, a 31-year-old doc­tor by pro­fes­sion who is fa­ther to a six-month-old girl, Srinika.

There are a few fathers who don’t think it makes them look any smaller in stature, if they de­cide to take care of their child. “I de­cided to leave my job in the hills and re­turned to Delhi to help raise my child. I’m still look­ing for a full-time night shift, but I don’t re­gret quit­ting my day job be­cause it’s a great way to con­nect with the in­fant, till her mother joins us in the evening,” says Biju Um­men, a mar­ket­ing pro­fes­sional who’s happy to spend the whole day with his five-month old daugh­ter, Anjali

There are many fathers who still pre­fer night shifts, even though their chil­dren have grown up and at­tend school. “I love to drop my daugh­ter, Shloka to her school in the morn­ing,” says Ash­win Haldipur, a graphic de­signer, adding, “The joy to see her re­turn from school and make up on the play-time that we have missed, is some­thing that can’t be ex­plained in words. I opted for night shifts around the time she was born but even af­ter 6 years, I have con­tin­ued with my profile be­cause it’s much more sat­is­fac­tory to work that way, and also be sure that the baby is taken care of.”

Ash­win Haldipur and Shloka; (left) Biju Um­men with Anjali

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