A NEW LEASE ON LOVE

For typ­i­cal Bom­bay girl and for­mer Pub­lic Re­la­tions Ex­ec­u­tive, Preeti Bhav­nani, life with two daugh­ters Sa­maira and Inayah, has cer­tainly given her a new un­der­stand­ing of that emo­tion

Mother & Baby - - CONTENTS - BY CHAR­LENE FLANA­GAN PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY AK­SHAY KULKA­RNI HAIR & MAKEUP BY SACHIN GHATE

Preeti Bhan­vani tells us why she wouldn’t have it any other way

IT’S def­i­nitely not easy to raise a child. And while you may have given birth, that does not nec­es­sar­ily make you a mother. It’s the time, pa­tience and nur­tur­ing and love you give the child that makes you earn that ti­tle. For the free-spir­ited, fiercely in­de­pen­dent and head­strong Preeti, it took a great deal of sac­ri­fice and com­pro­mise. “Peo­ple look at it like I’ve had to give up a lot for my chil­dren. The truth is, they’ve given me so much in re­turn. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing,” says Preeti.

Let’s start at the be­gin­ning. Preeti, a PR and Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager, gave up her 11-year-long ca­reer to get mar­ried and start a fam­ily. “When it was time for me to take a call on how I wanted my life to be, it was only log­i­cal that I stay at home and take care of the house. Af­ter all, I mar­ried my best friend. I knew he would go above and be­yond when it came to giv­ing me the per­fect life,” she gushes. “Be­sides, hav­ing chil­dren is most cer­tainly a full­time job,” she adds with a gig­gle.

Her hus­band, Navin, runs a suc­cess­ful Trans­port and Lo­gis­tics busi­ness with his fa­ther. In Preeti’s opin­ion, the fam­ily re­ally didn’t need the sec­ond in­come, mak­ing her decision to quit work­ing, eas­ier. Of course, by then the cou­ple were ex­pect­ing their first child,

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