Credits: Pritha Chatterjee, Alifiya Khan, Premankur Biswas, Tabassum Barnagarwala and Debesh Banerjee.
Sheela Tilak, 60, an ENT surgeon in Pune, has been looking after her 90-year-old mother, Kamal, for more than a decade now, choosing to remain unmarried so she could do justice to her career and her parent. She remembers her initial resentment at having two live-in helps look after her mother. “I’m not used to people watching me, judging my every move. But I reminded myself, it’s for her and slowly, it became bearable,” she says. The bigger changes, though, were having to give up on overseas conferences and surgeries. “Earlier, at least once a year, I would travel abroad, but now I can’t leave my mother behind,” she says.