However big her children may grow up, to a mother they will always be kids. Today, her children are way past the mid-twenties and she still advises her son on what not to eat and when not to work. She tells her daughter that Maggi is bad for dinner even if it’s once in six months. She gets very upset if either of her children is unwell and she can’t hop in from 1200 miles to look after them. She thinks leaving India is like leaving planet Earth and that she would never get to see her children if they decide to relocate.

When her daughter was a teenager and was dealing with usual adolescent issues, she was her closest buddy. She always encouraged  her to talk openly and never even once lost trust. She was afraid of travelling alone but always appreciated and motivated to be independent in all aspects. Her daughter’s friends’ used to envy her for having a mother like what she was – a fun person to be with. She gave all sorts of shopping, styling and attitude tips to her daughter. She even shook a leg whenever she got a chance.

It is dark outside at 4 am in the morning and everyday she got up with the alarm going off. Straight off to the kitchen, she prepared breakfast for kids and packed their lunch boxes, prepared brunch for husband and got the lunch ready for her and kids. Then she used to push the kids out of the bed to get ready for school, shouted at her son for being slow, made both of them have a good breakfast, quickly draped a saree, picked her bag and used to get ready to go to school – to go teach English at the same school.


It was not an easy job managing two kids and working full-time. She had little help at home – she handled all the daily chores that every working mother faces and ensured that her children imbibe the right values. All with a smile, vivacious self and a big heart to forgive. Her daughter never had to enter the kitchen to learn how to cook. She knew that while children are growing up, their education and career should be their focus, not how much water should be added to cook rice. Son and daughter were the same in her eyes.

When her daughter was 1.5 years old, there was a fire in the house. All she heard were screams and all that she saw were flames. She knew that her responsibility did not end after giving birth. She saved her daughter’s life. Her own hands got burnt but she never cared. She brought her daughter in this world, once again!

That’s meri maa..

I am on the left and Mom is always right!! With parents and brother in the first pic and with mum in the second..

I am on the left and Mom is always right!! With parents and brother in the first pic and with mum in the second..

This post was IndiSpired (#LoveYouMa) by a fellow blogger who I follow and she writes beautifully. They say that one of the forms of flattery is when you write a post in the style of a fellow blogger. So here is my submission to the two prompts.

44 Responses

  1. Ritu says:

    So lovely Parul!

  2. richa singh says:

    Parul now it is my turn to say I am so happy I followed that link in the comments. Such a wonderful post my love. And it reminded me of my own mother, perhaps they are all connected by a common thread of understanding sacrificing and all things good 🙂

    And that was very brave of her to save you from the fire. Really.

  3. Parul, this is such a sweet tribute to your Maa: I so enjoyed reading it and the pics are lovely too! 🙂 I love how you state, “I am on the left and Mom is always right!!” Cute! 😉 <3 It's true as you say, no matter how old the children may be, they will always be as such in a mother's eyes! 😉

  4. Vinitha says:

    What a sweet post, Parul. And your mom is real pretty, then and now, just like you. 🙂

  5. And somehow we don’t realize what she is until we leave home. I wish we had mother as a subject in school 🙂 Lovely, heart-touching post Parul. Thanks for leaving this link on my blog. And glad to see my blog listed on the right 🙂 Thanks.

  6. Sudipa says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more! Mothers are so selfless, they create their own little world around their children.

    These are the same thoughts I expressed in my post as well, hehe @

  7. Ravi says:

    Great piece as always Roli! Saw this one after missing quite a few of your recent ones.

  8. emily0830 says:

    Lovely tribute to your Maa. 🙂

  9. ‘Mom is always right’ – I chuckled when I read that caption but how very true, really. That’s the bond we share, mothers and daughters. Beautiful post, Parul and thank you so much for the kind words towards the end, love your blog as well and it’s feels wonderful to have connected via IB! 🙂

  10. Bhawana says:

    Coz God could not be everywhere HE created Mother! They are our blessing!! Your Mom will be very proud of you Parul!

  11. dats really touching!! nice write up..god bless 🙂

  12. Roopa says:

    Very nicely written Parul. I am sure you will make your mom proud when you take up the journey…

  13. Usha says:

    I could relate to every word here:-)With a daughter like you I guess everyday is a mothers day:-)

  14. vineeta srivastava says:

    yes she is mum of the best daughter of the world

  15. Ricky says:

    I could live all those moments literally…every single I experience the same today…and also maybe because we shared a “wall” as well as the feeling “what a wonderful woman she is”..pleasure to read..brought back so many things…thanks! 🙂

  16. FAYAZ PASHA says:

    It is said that heaven lies under the feet of a mother. There’s none more loving than a mother in this world.

  17. Bikramjit says:

    Mavaan Thandiyaan Chavaan … is a saying in punjabi .. meaning mothers are the cool shadows where we can sit in sunny day and feel cool

    Moms are the best always

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