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A Tale of Memories

Written by: Dipanwita Ghosh

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I remember my fellow schoolmates finding history, language and literature very difficult and boring as those papers demanded “lengthy” answers. But, I wasn’t a part of that pack. I loved to write pages after pages; sometimes even while solving mathematic problems just to remember the steps, till I attended a certain age. So, here I am penning down my thoughts and sharing those with you.

We, Bengalis have a ritual called ‘Annaprashon’ (Rice Feeding Ceremony), where a new born is fed rice for the first time. An interesting component of the ritual is when the priest offers things like book, pen, money (and a few other things which I can’t recall) to the baby and it is believed that the kid would excel in the area related to the thing the baby picks up. I have been told that I picked up the Pen. As a result, my parents were elated thinking that I would excel in studies. However, the story turned out to be remarkably different.

 

Studies were a big no-no for me since nursery. I loved dancing. I can vividly remember my first stage performance at the age of five. I was being extremely angry when my costume was not fitting me well. Little did I know that the dresser would use the same dress for a five-year-old and a 15-year-old. Tears rolled down my bubbly cheeks, till my teacher came and dressed me up with her childhood dress. Oh, how I miss those pampering!

We were seven people in the family, and we stayed in a small two-and-a-half room of a rented house at that time. My mother had a deep regret that we did not have a roof of our own. My brother and I, however, never felt the absence of our own house. We had a very caring neighbour and we used to spend hours at their place. The neighbour had two daughters, who also happened to be my mother’s students. I do not know what they dreaded more: Mom giving them mathematic lessons or me styling their hair with a display of novice skills. Now, when I see small kids do such things to me, I realise how much the sisters loved me. Yes, I miss their love!

I was treated like I was the gem of my family. I was very dear to my uncles and my grand-mother. Although, I didn’t get to spend much time with her, but, I made sure to extract as much love as possible from my uncles. Neither of them ever shied away from fulfilling my wishes. As someone who loves to gorge on chaats to this day, my childhood was a plate full of fuchkas, aloo-kabli and churmur. It was a routine for my uncles to sneak in chaats for me, without my Mom noticing it. I used to have biriyani as often as a ‘normal’ person would have daal-bhaat. I distinctly remember the day when I first learnt to write Bengali alphabets on computer: it was like magic for a nursery kid. Yes, I miss that magic!

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Meanwhile, my relationship with my father was a bit different. One of the funniest incidents with my Dad was right towards the end of my winter vacations. The night before the school was supposed to re-open, I asked my Dad to get me New Year greeting cards for my friends. He promised to get them the next day. But, I was extremely angry with him. “How could he say that he would get me cards the ‘next day’ when I wanted them right away?” Disappointed, I took out my language notebook and turned to the page where I had penned the essay about ‘My Father’. I quickly changed some words around and soon the “best father” had become the “worst father”. I never knew, until I had grown up, that it had hurt him so much that he got me the cards the same night. And, yes of course, I had immediately updated the essay again and my father was back with his winners title of the “best father”. Frankly, I was very scared of him, mostly because I knew I could never meet his expectations. I remember the day when while dropping me to school, he said that he dreamt of me going to the US some day. Poor me, he never knew how upsetting it was for me to think that his dream would never come true. But as they say, sometimes, the wishes of your parents can turn into blessings for you. Now at the age of 26, I can proudly call myself a ‘US-return’. Credit goes to you, Dad. Thank you for holding onto me with conviction and putting me on the right track. Yes, I miss his decisions now!

Mom, if there is anyone in this world whom I can dedicate my success and achievements, it is only you. You consoled me whenever I broke down. And, you continue to do the same even today. I hated the thought that maths was most important to you, even more important than me (as I thought at that time). But, today I realize that it is always good to have something inanimate in your life, may be ahead of a human, because it might turn out to be the only shelter where you can turn to in times of distress. Words wouldn’t suffice if I keep writing about you, so let me just say; I may not be a good daughter but, you will always remain the best Mom in this world. And yes, I miss you, Maa!

Here I am, letting the wonderful people in my life know how much they mean to me and how their love and affection have shaped me to what I am today. In this fast paced life, we often forget to stop and thank the next person, who helped us to grow. So, people take a moment out of your busy schedule and thank those important people in your life. There are many wonderful people in your life; thank them for the love, the care and most importantly, for the time they have shared with you. As you know that you can pay back everything, but not time!

Happy Mother’s Day: Mother’s Special

A special message from Averi Neogi for her Mother:

The best person in my life is my Mumma. She is my WORLD, my beau ideal.

I still remember my nursery days, when she used to drop me to school every morning, and as she used to turn back from the school gate, how badly I used to caterwaul. She came running to me, and taking into her arms she helped me to my class.

I used to be a notorious student, and sometimes Mumma was called by my teachers. Every time she used to hear the complaints from my teachers patiently and tried her best to make me obedient and disciplined.

I am just a fragment without her. She is my lifeline. Even my Board’s result came so good because of her support. Thoughts of leaving her anyway make me aberrant.

She is a person with refined and sociable tastes. I’ll remain beholden to her till my last breath of my life.

Happy Mother’s Day: Mother’s Special

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“Mother”- this isn’t a six lettered word only. It means the whole universe to all of us. No matter what happens Mothers are always with us to shower us with their love, pray and care. Mother was that bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries. So today on Mother’s Day, let us all unite and make this day special for Mothers and gift her with few surprises.

P.S. No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you!

Here it goes, all the one-liners along with the selfies and the pictures with cute messages for all your Moms.

1. Averi Neogi sent this one-liner for her Beautiful Mother.

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One relationship which is always with us is the one we share with our mothers. They are our guiding forces and are responsible for making us who we are. Mothers also shape our lives and our personalities and crediting them for the same is something one should do at every opportunity.

2. Progya Baul has this cute message for her Mother.

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Message: There‘s a Lady who was Born to be:  Marvellous

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                                                                            Tender

                                                                            Humorous

                                                                            Enthusiastic

                                                                            Right

 Realise Who She is? She is a Mother.

People search for Gods, but God is not rare to find. Our parents are Gods only. Generally, Fathers are busy with their work so it’s our Mothers who take care of us. Our Mothers teach us everything: how to eat, how to dress, how to react to any situation and so on and so forth. She listens to you and she is the person who calms you down. No matter what the scenario is Mothers will always make us feel better.

3. Radhika Vasanth’s one-liner for her Beautiful Mom.

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Mothers love us unconditionally. Many of you get frustrated at her for not letting you make your own decisions. But we don’t realise the reason behind it. This is because Mothers know that we won’t be able to make the best choice for us always. Her love is so unconditional that she is the best forgiver in this world.

4. Indrani Basu has sent us this beautiful message for her Lovely Mother.

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Message: The first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word mother is a friend for life in fact probably your first friend who will always be there no matter what. Mother means love, warmth, unending support to me because my Mum being my friend not from now but from the time I understood the term Friendship. My best friend with whom I have spend some most amazing time of my life. In life I have seen some major setback but the person who helped me bounce back is my Mum. Words will be less to define the bond that we share. I guess each and every day is a mother’s day. Million time I thought of saying this to you Mum but couldn’t that I just love u, and truly the first thought that comes to my mind when I’m sad or even happy is you. You are truly unique. A very Happy Mother’s day Mum. I might not be the best daughter but you without a shadow of doubt is the best mother I can ever have…Love YOU!

Mothers always encourage us to reach our full potential. She supports us to chase our dreams. She taught us what is Right and what is Wrong. She is always the voice of reason in the back of our heads, which helps us get through our bad days and make our good days even better. Most of all, Mothers teach us how to be compassionate and loving.

5. Durba Ganguly has sent a on-liner for her Ever-Smiling Mother.

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Mothers have loads of responsibilities and does all continuously without getting tired. She is the one whose job is unlimited without any fix job time and work. We cannot give her anything in return. We always keep complaining about our work schedule, some of us complain about pressure of studies. But have you ever thought about the tedious job that a Mother does since you are born?

6. Promita Baul has this sweet message for her Mother.

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Message: You gave me birth, you nurtured me, you gave me values, you contributed in becoming the person I am. Though thank you is not enough for all the compromises and sacrifices you made. Yet, I want to Thank You Mom.

Our mothers are like a security blanket to us because she saves us from all problems. She never regards her own problems and listens to us all time. She always wants to make us a good human being in the life and in order to do that she sacrifices all her dreams and supports us to achieve our goals.

7. Angana Sengupta shares her message and her best moment for her Lovely Mother.

Message: You have been my strength, power, confidence, a best friend and everything that a woman can be. For me you are that person who is my confidante and to whom I can come back again and again. You are my pride and honor Ma. No matter where I am or what I do, you will always be that one person I would call every night before I sleep or come back to. You have been and will always remain the Best Friend that I could ever wish for. A Very Happy Mothers Day Ma. You actually give me a proper definition of a mother. Loads and Loads of love from your and yours only Mani…

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Moment: When I left Kolkata for my masters I had this thought that with time my mother will get used to the fact that I am going to stay outside for the sake of my career. But on 13th October 2013, when I came home after 3 months, my mom just broke down in the airport irrespective of the fact that there were people looking at her. The hug that I got that day made me realize how much i meant for her. How much she had prepared just to see me after 3 months. From decorating my room to cooking all my favourite dishes to even getting me a teddy bear of my size, she had done it all. That was one moment I knew I meant the world to her. 

Our mothers are very special. Even after being tired she always smiles for us. She tells us different poems and stories while sleeping in the night. She helps us in preparing our project works and home works and helps us during exam time. She takes care of our uniform and school dress. She teaches us good manners, etiquettes, morality, humanity and helping others always in the life.

8. Anwesha Chatterjee has a message for both her Mother and her Choto Ma.

Message for her Mother: Ma, you mean the world to me. We fight together, cry together and being my best friend you always provide me with all the support and encouragement. And that’s why I am now what I am. The morals you teach you teach me, helps me always and from you I have learnt to be a good human being. Thank you for whatever you have done and you are doing for me. I badly need you every moment because without you my life will fall apart. Love you!

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Message for her Choto Ma:  You are no less than a Mother and you mean a lot to me. U never treated me as my aunt rather I always get a mother’s love from you. You are an angel sent by God for me and my Special Ma. Love you Choto Ma.

Every day should be a Mothers Day. Lets make sure we tell our moms how special they are to us. We might not show that but we believe in that.

9. Samhati Bhattacharjya shares her message for her Beautiful Mother.

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Message:  Maa, you are my strength, my confidence, my life and you are my pride. You have supported me all along. We fought many a times but at the end of the day, no matter what happens we laugh together. I don’t believe in expressing everything in words because I think some words are better not spoken. I love you Maa, always. Only one quote for you:

“My mother… she is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.”

Without moms where would we be as a society? It is safe to say that our society would be significantly smaller, colder and more ill-mannered. It is our mom that teaches us how to nurture and how to love. It is through her guidance that we as individuals learn how to be empathetic and sympathetic to those around us. How many times have you been in a public place and seen a child get hurt and 3 or 4 moms run to the aid of that child. Obviously they are all not the child’s mother, but there is a need there… a willingness to make sure those around them are alright.

10. Namrata Ganguly painted this one as a mark of respect for all Mothers.

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Thus this year, on this Mother’s Day take the time to thank and love your mom. While in the end moms believe the greatest reward for all they have done is seeing their children turn into happy successful adults… they could all use a little acknowledgment a love from us along the way. Enjoy!

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Six Handmade Articles For Your Mom on Mother’s Day

– By Garima Jayaswal

Don’t gift her and love her because it’s Mother’s day. Gift her, love her and appreciate her because she is a Mother.

When I was a kid, I used to steal mom’s makeup, her perfume, her dupatta and her heels, pretend to be her or somewhat like her and parade  around the house in her absence. Looking closely at my small innocent face, I found pieces of mom’s face. “You have her eyes” ; “You have her smile” they said. Hearing such things while growing up made me really happy, I looked up to my Mom, she was beautiful. I have always envisioned her as a woman with the most heart-warming smile. I vividly remember her standing amidst friends and family, with that kind glance and the smile, wrapped in elegance, she seemed to have radiated charm and warmth. I stood there quietly in a corner, gazing at her with pride, “someday I’ll be just like her”.

I have always remembered her that way until the day of my graduation. I wore her saree, it was déjà vu. I was a spitting image of her. I looked at the mirror and I could see the same round innocent staring at me, that I saw all those years ago. Something had changed between now and then. It was a sudden epiphany. My physical appearance and demeanour are similar to hers but am I like her? Beneath that heart-warming smile there are sacrifices, behind that kind glance there is pain endured over the years, beneath those wrinkles there is experience and wisdom but the reason behind the incandescent aura is strength. Strength to put your family before you, strength to give up what matters to you for your family. Strength to mother children into full-grown adults. Strength to give and only give and not demand the same. Motherhood is strength.

This mother’s day, make your mother feel appreciated and loved, with six easy quick handmade fixes.

1. Make breakfast and serve in bed: There is no off day for a mother, but there can be an off chores day! Treat your mom special with a nice breakfast spread in bed. You can always earn brownie points on presentation. Spice it up with tea and fresh flowers and make her day.

PS: Don’t forget to clean the kitchen.

2. Give the kitchen mugs a makeover: Those white dull coffee mugs have a lot more potential! Take a deep trough and fill it with normal water, take your or your mom’s used or unused nail polish and pour it on the water. Take the white porcelain mugs and dip it water for three seconds and pull it back up. Voila! Designer mugs! Try shapes and mixing colours for more fun.

3. Make a photo-album timeline with sweet messages: Collect all your old pictures and arrange it according to chronology. Then insert the pictures inside the photo albums and leave nice messages about the picture or memory on the adjacent page. Give mom a walk down the memory lane.

4. Make a handmade make up or jewellery box: Who loves organisation more than moms? So get your creative juices flowing with a makeup box. Using card board make a one or two tiered make up box, with divisions for brushes, eyeliners, lipsticks etc. or make a jewellery box for her to keep earrings and chains together. You can even make a bangle stand for her dressing table.

5. Use recycled jam jars to make her a mini garden: Use the empty jam jars, wine bottles and other glass jars to plant flowers or herbs. Planting herbs is very useful as it has cooking use and well aesthetics. You can use glass paint and glitter to glam up the bottles.

6. Plan a get-together: Moms has always been very pro-active with planning out our birthday parties and outings. Plan a garden party or just simple get together at home and invite all of your mom’s friends. Make a nice fruit punch, buy chips and whip up some interesting dips. And get set party!

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