This is part of the series of real-life Betigiri stories.
This story published in The Times of India (see link below) is about a mother-in-law who supported her daughter-in-law to continue to play hockey for her team as well as complete her bachelor’s degree.
Saas looks after kid, so bahu can play hockey
Taruna Chauhan, who stays in Meerut with her son and mother-in-law, is at present playing for the CCS University in the North Zone Women’s Hockey Tournament. However, four years ago it was a different story. Taruna had a son after a year of marriage, and because of the baby, this 24-year-old student of CCS University in Meerut was faced with the prospect of having to let go her passion, which was playing hickey. Help came from unexpected quarters – her mother-in-law decided to take care of the child while she worked to regain her stamina and get back onto the playing ground.
“My husband lives in Saudi Arabia. So it was left to me to take care of my son, Tushant. I played hockey continuously for five years prior to my marriage. With the baby, there was a break. It was my mother-in-law because of whom I was able to practise both in the morning and evening. My husband too kept my motivation strong,” said Taruna.
Taruna said she was also the one who let her complete her education.”She is uneducated herself. But she realized that I needed to study and play at the same time and offered to look after my son. She said she wanted to see me successful in both and would not let any problem come in between,” said Taruna, who did not wish to share her mother-in-law’s name.