Being a single mother who works full time can be stressful. She has the benefit of her own mother being around to raise her now six-year old son. Her dependency on her mother seems evident, for she admits how helpless she’d feel in her absence. ‘I don’t know what I’d do without her.’ Unaware of the consequences, she chose to marry a man suffering from a bi-polar disorder (a mental illness marked by alternating periods of elation and depression) after having fallen in love with him. Living abroad in an abusive relationship with him, she has fought battles with herself, society and the legal system to stand where she is today. Despite having walked out of her marriage to start a new life back in her childhood home, divorce proceedings and court errands make occasional appearances in her life even today. Without her son, her life has little meaning. In the midst of all of this, she strives for inner happiness and hopes to reach there soon. She figured out her husband was bi-polar and began reading forums on it. From all of it, the one line that impacted her the most was, ‘If you feel the person is bipolar or abusive take your child and just leave. They’re never going to change.’ This gave her enough courage to prompt her to walk out of her marriage. From then on her life has been so much better.

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