India, Jan. 27 -- When a publishing house reached out to GurgaonMoms to host a book reading session with the author of Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, the organising team was thrilled, to say the least. However, it was immediately followed by doubts: How many of the members will be interested in finding their ikigai (purpose)? Will they make an effort to take time out and seek more information on this topic? We were in for a pleasant surprise. We were forced to change to a bigger venue to accommodate the number of people who showed interest. We received interest from more than 400 members.

But why were we surprised? For ages, we women have been conditioned to help everyone else find their "ikigai" and support family m...