| On this mother's day, I want to remember some extraordinary mothers (and motherly figures).|
Sane Guruji's Mother
The mother of Sane Guruji is portrayed so affectionately and touchingly by the author in Shyamchi Ayee as "Shyam's Mother". I believe that Shyam's Mother brings glory to all the mothers.
The mother of writer S.L. Bhyrappa has been well chronicled in two of Bhyrappa's masterpieces --in his autobiography, and the novel Grihabhanga. I consider Nanjamma as the epitome of the sacrifices a woman makes to preserve her family, and her courage, wisdom is proof to me that there is divinity in motherhood.
Kamalabai Dhareshwar, affectionately known to us as Kamalpachi was actually my grand-aunt. She had no children of her own and poured all her affection on me.
You know, some people's debt is something we can't repay during our lifetime. Kamalpachi was one such motherly figure for me.
It was in 1988, two days before my exam. for "Operating Systems" (I was in college, away from home, and if you know the Indian education system, if you miss a test, you risk losing a lot of time and tarnishing your GPA), and I got very sick due to some food poisoning. My friend Vasu's mother came to know of my condition and sent her son to fetch me. I spent the night at the Mahadasu family -- she even provided me with a room to study and nourishing food that are necessary to perform "all-night-long-studies". I recovered, and did quite well in the test. Vasu's mom was a great cook (her tomato pickles are legendary), but it is her kindness that is even greater. Here's a picture of her that I took to remember her.
Vasu's mom perhaps did hundreds of acts like this, and she might not even remember this incident. But the kind gesture has stayed with me.
Mother and Child: Pictorial Exhibition
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Sunday, May 13, 2007|
Last Modified: 5/13/2007 11:18:43 PM