Vivid memories of the mother who passed away a few years back. A long, selfless and devoted journey. Being the consort of a great human being must have been very tough but She took it in her strides and made it look very easy… Taiji (Nirmalatai Athavale – consort of Shree Pandurang Shashtriji Athavale) will always remain in my heart and also in the hearts of many of my generations.

I very clearly remember that in school, when I was in STD 8th, took part in a tableau competition. I was to play the announcer. Being a Gujarati and studying in a convent school had its own problems.

Especially Pronunciations play a major part. I still remember my teacher sitting beside me to work on my pronunciations. I was not getting one word right, ‘Mother’. She must have worked on it for hours and got to make me pronounce it right.

I was very annoyed at that age. Why is she doing this with me? What difference does it make?

I realised it later when we won and stood first in the competition just by half (0.5) a mark and the judges appreciating my pronunciations. That was the material gain. But just a few years back I realised it’s spiritual importance.

Taiji’s care, love, alertness and selflessness personifies the word ‘Mother’ for me today.

Mother the relation today signifies selfless love. The care, the sternness with which I was brought up is what I am today. My wife many a times tells me that you are a reflection of your mother. “Yes, I am”. I may not be able to explain it to anyone, but every women will realise when she grows up to become a mother and wants to see her own reflection in her child.

Today, remembering all the Mother’s of the world and will always be grateful to them.

*Humanity thrives because of the Mother*.

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