Gone are the days when women need to give up on their dreams just because they were married or had kids.
And, women like Pushplata are the role models for those women who don’t want to see marriage or motherhood as a hurdle in their achievements.
Pushp Lata, a mother of a 6-year old, shut down the negative voices of society as she cleared one of the toughest exams in the country, the Civil Services Examination with the rank of AIR 80.
If you are in search of an inspiration that could push you to fulfill your dream, here’s Pushplata’s story:
Even though Pushplata belonged to a smaller village, she always had dreams of higher education. Hence, Pushplata completed her education while staying at her uncle’s place.
After completing B.Sc., she pursued an MBA in 2006. And, then for 2 years, she worked in the private sector followed by her job at State Bank of Hyderabad.
Recalling how she wanted to do more with her life, Pushplata shared:
“The work was limited and I felt that there was no way to go beyond that. But I wanted to do more.”
In 2011, Pushplata got married to a doctor and moved to Manesar. And, after a few years into her married life, she decided to prepare for the UPSC.
While talking to The Better India, Pushplata said,
“When I started preparing, I had no idea what an IAS officer could do, and what powers come with the position. It was just a desire to make a difference and contribute meaningfully.”
But, Pushplata firmly believes her achievement is not only hers. There are many people who supported her on this challenging journey!
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Sharing her major source of motivation, her husband, Pushplata said:
“He always supported me and encouraged me to take up the challenge. It was truly a challenge because I hadn’t touched a book for almost five years when I started preparing.”
Pushplata further added:
“My husband would always say that whatever you do, give it your all-do not leave any scope for regrets.”
“Do not lose yourself in what others will think of you but just stay focused on the preparation.”
It wasn’t only her husband but also her in-laws’ who helped her during the difficult times as her son, Garvit, was just 2-year-old then.
While sharing her young son’s commendable support, she added:
“There were times when he would just come and sit on my lap while I studied. In fact, he would tell me to continue studying and not stop because he was there.”
Even now when Pushplata is away from home for training at Mussoorie, the 6-year-old understands and supports his mother’s decision.
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Sharing how much she misses her family, Pushplata shared:
“Garvit often says that once I finish, we will all stay together. He has never troubled me. He’s been such a wonderfully accommodating child,”
Pushplata’s story is an inspiration to every woman, who dreams to be successful not only in personal life but also in professional life.
We thank Pushplata for shattering the age-old myth that getting married and having kids is the end of women’s professional dream.
At IFORHER, we celebrate unsung real heroes who are shattering stereotypes to push themselves forward and show the society that there is no limit to what we, women, can achieve!