Rakesh wringed the dishcloth and looked around. Everything was neat and shiny. and he felt proud.
He was a landscape artist. 5 years before the company where he was working closed shop, he had opted to work freelance. While his wife Nitu worked in corporate communications in a telecom major.
The arrangement worked fine for them. Nitu had to put in long hours, so it was Rakesh who handled the home front. When he had to go out-of-town on assignments, Nitus mother looked after their daughter Trishna who was 4 years old
Both of them didn’t mind this role reversal and in fact Rakesh was very happy. He had never been the ambitious type nor could he work on a regular basis, he liked to work as his mood took him. Housework gave him a lot of satisfaction but ….. he got a lot of flak for it.
His in- laws accepted his decision. Their theory being that if the husband wife didn’t have any issues they too had none. His mom had initially screamed at him even insulted him but later on seeing that her son was happy had acquiesced.
But his friends. No they had not. They called him a lot of names. Starting from an innocent ‘lazybones’ to a milder ‘Househusband’ to ‘Joru ka ghulam’.
To everyone he very much wanted to say Mind your own business (MYOB). If both of them had no problems with the arrangement, why did others feel so?
What is your opinion? Is it wrong if a man finds housework to be satisfying? Is it wrong if a man decides to take a backseat?