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With the open heart of a mother

delhi Updated: Sep 27, 2008 22:46 IST
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Web design expert | Subroto Park, New Delhi

Kitty parties and gossip sessions were never Rekha’s cup of tea. But not being one to stay home and await the return of her office-and-school-going-family, Rekha begun googling concepts online, watched the business news, read the financial papers, and progressively learnt the tricks of trading.

The first in her family to even look at the stock market, Rekha is married to a lawyer who is in the Air Force. The technical analyst, who could get “a job at any security firm” if she wanted, gets all the support from her husband — who is himself not interested in the market. “When he needs to invest, he just gives me the money and doesn’t interfere,” says Rekha.

Rekha switched to home investing from her earlier jobs of teaching Web design and dabbling in animation as a freelancer so that she could look after her daughter Agreya, a 10-year-old who has had six open-heart surgeries.

Kakkar’s elder child Arush is all of 14, but according to his mother he is “all grown up” and “doesn’t need me till he requires something”. So while the son goes ahead on his own to nurture an avid interest in astrophysics, it is for Agreya that Mama is always around as a monitor and a companion.

Agreya doesn’t go to regular school, but has permission to take her final exams. So while the mother stays glued to her computer screen from 9.50 am to 3.30 in the afternoon, daughter dearest busies herself with her collection of toys and watercolours.

When it’s study time for Agreya, she’s allowed to disturb Mama with doubts. The indulgent mother lets the daughter watch television cartoons even when it means sacrificing the business news tickers – she uses the break to refill her coffee mug.

Ask the lady for offhand advice on where to invest, and she says, “The markets are all bottomed out at the moment,” but adds that it would be safe in the long run. What about mutual funds? “They’re fine for people who can’t track the market daily,” says Rekha, adding that despite the current volatility and despite the fact she he’s still losing money on day trading, she makes a profit overall. Figures are kept out of the conversation, but Rekha admits that her trading gains helped foot the bill for Agreya’s surgeries.