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Thursday, May 10, 2012

My Super Mom (Amma!)

I feel there is a lot of beauty in calling her "Amma" in my mother tongue rather than calling her "Mummy" or "mom"...hence the revised title!

On my way back home yesterday, I could'nt help feeling emotional as I kept thinking about my teen years. When I became 'sweet 16', my mom did the sweetest thing for me. She went to Hyderabad with her friend before my birthday for some occasion....and came back and gifted, not one or two, but 16 dresses!!!!! She was like, I wanted your 16 to be very special for you! :-) I was so touched by her thoughtful sweet gift!


My mom/dad have always been really loving and thoughtful, despite being strict most of the times. I remember when i was 13 or 14, my mom got transferred to Bangalore, and she had to go due to circumstances. My brother and I, stayed with my dad and he took very good care of us. I would cry everytime she came visiting over weekends and when she had to go back...So my dad surprised me the next morning. I woke up to my mom fondly waking me up lovingly with endearments and calling me her sweet little baby....I was thinking I must be dreaming...Amma is in Bangalore, so how can i hear her voice? Actually, my dad had recorded her voice and she spoke to me like she was right there with me...and every day he would wake me up with that recording...When we got back from school, he was very thoughtful and engaged us in learning the 'Hanuman Chalisa'...my brother and I sang the whole shlokas in some time to my Mom in a few days time and her face lit up with happiness....it was worth the effort. Appa did everything he could so that we did not miss Amma too much.

I remember staying with my Perima ( my mom's elder sister) one weekend and crying to see my mom...she was like 'Come to me, darling! I will hug you!" I was such a mean thing and said 'But your sari does not smell like my mom's! I want amma...'!!! She (my perima) is no more but I always think of her as a person with genuine love and affection for me.I think about it now and can't stop feeling bad about my behavior. But at that point, i could'nt fully understand why Amma had to be away from us. She must have been miserable already staying away from her husband and kids. To top it all, if i cried everytime she left, I am sure she would go back to Bangalore very miserable too...I wonder how she coped with it all and remained cheerful and happy, it would make me insane to be in a situation like that. Amma is a very strong woman.
That kind of selfless love, only comes from a parent, I guess!! :-) I feel so blessed when I think of my awesome parents! I am what I am because of them...( I turned out pretty ok, me thinks!) ;-)

Edited to add: Amma in her stylish avataar when she visited us in Paris in 2010!


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13 comments:

Techpsycne said...

Very Nice and Touching Post.

Pretty Woman said...

Hey Techpsycne,
Thank you :-) Welcome to my blog!

Priya Rajesh said...

oh dont feel bad PW, it happened to me too, my mom is also a working mom, and i missed her so much even if she went to work and came home to me everyday...

Pretty Woman said...

hey priya,
:-) I wish i was nicer to her, that's all...anyway not much I can do about it NOW!

Ritika said...

I had a fight with my mom today :(
I wish I was nicer to her too
I am going to call her first thing tomorrow !

PS : Your mom looks amazing ! :)

Pretty Woman said...

Ritika,

I am sure she will not remember a thing...and act the same as always! :) Do call her...

Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment...Amma IS beautiful, I am glad you think so too... :)

amusingveracity said...

That was a lovely post.. :)

Pretty Woman said...

amusingveracity,

thank you :)

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Pretty Woman said...

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Pretty Woman said...

Chickoo,

Thank you :)

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