"Have you discussed this with your husband?" "What if you start a family?" These questions are bad enough if you're a woman looking for a job - but funding for your tech start-up?
Rich venture capital firms looking to invest in India's start-up market have often put these questions to women entrepreneurs, according to industry insiders - regardless of whether they're an Ivy League graduate with experience working in some of the biggest global firms.
India's heavily-hyped and celebrated start-up sector is the fastest growing in the world but it has a poor record when it comes to gender diversity.
Of the nearly 4,400 start-ups, fewer than one in 10 were founded by women, according to industry body Nasscom. When it comes to attracting investment, the record is no better. In the first quarter of 2016, out of about 300 new companies that got investor funds, only 9 had solely women founders, according to YS Research.
Seize the opportunity
Nonetheless, there are women out there who see this disparity as an opportunity. Without any backing from the family business or an inheritance, and fighting against cultural biases, Indian women armed only with a big idea have gone ahead and got the funds to set up companies in such diverse fields as retail and pharma.