I come from a small, middle-class and quite conservative family, originally from the north-east. Even though it is conservative out there, girls are allowed to pursue their studies, take a job and all ( unlike in many other parts of India ); however, they are also expected to marry within a certain time-frame. I’ve been bit rebellious throughout my life, so, when my turn came to that – i.e marriage after college, everyone expected me to follow my sister’s example of marrying, settling down and raising kids. While it’s not a bad thing, I often wondered would my life be always like this – i.e simply moving from one household to another; and always under someone else’s diktats. I wanted to be independent, live life on my own terms, breathe free; do mistakes and learn from them. In other words, I wanted to be answerable to none.