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Thursday, June 13, 2013

From DINK to SINK

We were a happy to be DINK couple - Double Income No Kids. Until one day, when my husband, the member with the larger income, chose to give up his job and go in for full time studies.

While his challenge lay in being a student after a long break, mine was running the family on single income.
We estimated we could barely manage and let him pursue his heart. 

A beep on my mobile phone changed all our calculations. It was a sms informing me that a cheque has bounced. Unable to recognize the transaction, I enquired with by bank and was informed that I would have to pay EMIs for my housing loan from that month.

"Wait a minute!", my brain screamed, "But they were not supposed to start now! I've just come down on single income and you want me to pay half my salary for instalments? That too, above rent?" 

It was a sticky situation - how to manage? Life had thrown a bouncer at me, waiting for me to live up to the challenge.

How I survived those two years is a long story - cutting down on recreation, optimizing on resources. It was tough, very tough. But after the initial phase, I realized that I was relishing the challenge - it was a learning experience. The fighter in oneself is rejuvinated and you can take on any challenge.

Thankfully, we are back to our professional versions. And now we look back on those days of hardship for inspiration, sharing our experience, and feeling awesome about it.

14 comments:

shooting star said...

Darling, It is a great post!!! I have always admire you for going thru that phase with so much positivity!!

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Confused Soul said...

I can't imagine how tough it can be to survive on single income. For the sheer confidence and support. Kudos! :)

the snake said...

It is truly brilliant and inspiring the way you pulled it off !
I have and always shall have a special respect for you for those years.
Kudos !

allresourceupdates said...

Nice Post...No matter how hard the situation is we always keep on fighting and never give up...Life is all about ups and downs..

J said...

Inspiring indeed. I dread the fact that when my husband takes a study break sometime in the future I will have to cut back on my necessary luxuries :p

Btw, this makes a great 'relishing the challenge' story.

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

@Star,
Indeed, you are one of the few first hand witnesses...

@CSoul,
:). Can't one comment on ur blog?

@Snake,
And we live to tell the tale..

@Allsource,
Indeed. The show must go on.

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

@J,
That's a scary thought, isnt it?

Simran said...

Hi Anupama,

I appreciate your involvement in accepting the challenges...That's the true spirit.

Usually, when things go reverse of our perceptions or plan, we get divert or give up ... but, accepting those challenges and going through makes us wise, strong and the best thing is later we realize them as a good experience.

Thanks for sharing this inspiring message :-)
Best wishes !!
Happy blogging

Simran!

Paola Lauretano said...

Lovely blog!
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The Artful Diva said...

I'm glad you lived up to the challenge and can laugh about it now. That must have been a very stressful time in your life!

Francy Stef said...

Interesting post!!
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zarnab said...

All is well when end's well:)

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Irfanuddin said...

there is always a good time after some hard moments.....

Best wishes.... :)