I have met quite a few Indian female friends who casually mention that they ‘have a few years left’ before they start getting pressured by their families to marry.
A few of them also point out that they are planning on quitting their job once they marry, or at least once they have children.
They count on inquisitive folk, or those anxious not to miss a single call, ringing back the number shown on their screens.
Those who do find themselves listening to advertisements for all sorts of dodgy services.
In The Economist’s wonderfully written article titled ‘Holding back half the nation’, it says that female participation in the labour force is 63%, and 70% of women stop working for a good decade after their first child.