Happy Mother’s Day Maa!

Updated: May 15

By Shweta Pathak

Contributing Author for Spark Igniting Minds

Mother, I am going out to play’ said Guddi aloud to her mother. She replied hurriedly, ‘Wait! Take your brother also’. Guddi’s stopped and picked her brother and a little enthusiasm left her as she left home; she went to her friends and watched them play as she carried her brother in arms.

Guddi was my mother’s nickname. Guddi was a domestic girl and grew up in a conservative Brahmin family. It was a big joint family comprising of her parents, 5 of her siblings, and the family of her uncle (father’s brother). Right from childhood, she was an ardent devotee of Maa Durga and truly carried a part of Her within herself. How else, was she able to do things unimaginable and unthinkable for anyone, let alone a woman who is considered weaker; at least, in the world she lived.

My mother possessed resilience rare to find. She was my only hope to get a life that a girl truly deserves. She was a single parent who lost her husband at the age of 24 and had to raise a three-year-old girl child alone. She was abandoned by he