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Life lessons from a corporate career (or lack of it)


In parting, a tongue in cheek comment- it does help to have a banker husband through all of this!


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Renuka Vaidyanathan, an erstwhile finance professional, opted out of the corporate rat race and now likes to think that she wears many interesting hats. She is an events’ organiser in the cultural space and also writes every now and then about people, places and events. She is an avid advocate of 'green living' and dabbles in some sitar-playing as well, albeit as an amateur.

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7 thoughts on “Life lessons from a corporate career (or lack of it)

  1. Kritika Srinivasan

    Thanks for this post Renuka. While I read through the whole things, what particularly struck me was your last point – dont try to excel in all domains. I think this is something all women are guilty of – taking on too much and trying to be perfect in every role and every aspect. It struck a chord with me becasue I just finished working on the cover story of the PE issue that is even now going to print – Take the Pressure Off Parenting – and one of the best ways to do that is to not pressurise yourself to be the perfect parent, or even the best that you can be. I think we would be more relaxed parents if we enjoyed parenting more and we would enjoy parenting more, if we were more relaxed about it!

  2. Vish A Viswanathan

    Well written article, Ms. Renuka.. You have articulated the thoughts and experiences of many (men or women), very well. Many of your points resonated well with me as I can relate them to my past experiences. I am sure this post will be of benefit to many who have or will encounter such decisions in their life. Thanks and keep up the great writing.

  3. Mathew Thomas

    Dear Renuka. It was enlightening to read the blog. I have asked few of my friends and colleagues to go through this blog. Very well written. Shall surely follow to see more from you. Thanks

  4. Devika

    Very inspiring and very well presented too! I echo your sentiments in that I too am a banker’s wife and have worked in around 12 educational institutions in various capacities as teacher, vice-principal, principal, lecturer and now into a government sector administrative role. True, the best is yet come….. that thought is the one that keps us going and makes life worthwhile! Kudos

  5. Aparajita Bose

    Yes, of course! We, women, blossom the most when we take the pressure off ourselves – the pressure to be ‘outstanding’ in every sphere, whether it’s work or home. I’ve seen menfolk NOT taking things too seriously and hence NOT getting over-stressed. Whether we are playing roles of mothers or career women, or giving back to society through different kinds of service, when we do it all, without trying to excel in every field to prove ourselves better than menfolk, we are only being just to ourselves.
    I LOVED the article…….many well-expressed thoughts put across in a short article!


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