It is Mother’s Day today. I feel the whole thing has been too commercialised but the way I look at it is that this is one day you cherish the one who usually looks after the whole family the other days! My blog today is dedicated to the three influential women in my life.
Let me start with my grandmother. She is one tough nut. Widowed at a very young age (my dad was a toddler), she brought up her 4 kids with a panache that was unheard of in those days in india. She made sure that all of them were educated and well settled. She taught me the original feminism, not the bra burning kind but the real feminism – not agreeing to things just because someone says so or is the societal norms. I remember querying and arguing with her about the rituals where only men were allowed certain things. And she discarded them to include me and my sister as she agreed that it made more sense. Truly selfless, she is ready to help anyone and is loved by everyone around!
People say that I am like my dad. I am in terms of positivity and happy go lucky attitude. But my strong belief in myself and my determination comes from my mom. She was married at a tender age of 19 and moved to a part of india where she had never travelled before. Not to be deterred by language barrier, she made close friends very quickly. After sending all 3 of us to school, she was getting bored, so she went and found a teaching job for herself. From my mom, I have learnt that if you put your mind to something, you can achieve it. She did her B.Ed when i was in year 12 and learnt to drive a car when I was married, teaching us that age is just a number. Even today, she is the one who has the zeal to learn all about the latest gadget and Internet. Always encouraging, she has shaped me to be the strong woman I am today. Love her!
I am surrounded by strong women and the third influential person in my life is my sister. She is my exact opposite, quiet and fragile to look at. But don’t go by her looks. She has a nerve of steel! She has a single minded vision when she wants to achieve something. A born perfectionist, she has always excelled in whatever she touched. The beauty in our family, she is also a topper in school and gold medallist in college. Now married and a mom, she holds her house and extended family together, something that I would not have imagined in my wildest dream. She surprises me every time I meet her and miss her every day I am here!
Enjoy your Mother’s Day everyone. No movie review today, till tomorrow!