Sunday, May 12, 2013
My mother was never wished on Mother's Day--we just never celebrated it while we were growing up in India.We were brought up on the old principle that we owe a debt of Life to our parents for giving us birth,nurturing and raising us into responsible Human beings and for that we were indebted to them for life!!Parents were to be always put on a pedestal and venerated.There is a tiny Legend which commemorates this.once Lord Vitthala visited Pundalik while he was attending to his parents' need.Pundalik threw Lord Vitthala a brick and asked him to stand on it and wait till he finished his duties!!I think this tale signifies the importance of Parents in the Indian way of Life---for our generation Parents were to be revered--never to be questioned!!
By the time I became a Mother things were gradually changing--and Western influences were slowly beginning to colour our perceptions.My daughters were very attached to their father--and because I was the disciplinarian--they'd wish him Mother's Day way before me--teasing me mercilessly about how he made a far better mother than me!!Father's Day was entirely his and even now those memories bring a smile to my lips and a twinkle to my eye.After they moved away they'd call and wish Sudhir before they wished me--and Sayali would order some Gifts online for me--mostly Flowers--which would cost her a pretty penny but arrive home bedraggled and half dead at unearthly hours of the morning till I finally put a stop to it.It was in 2007 during my Cancer Treatment that she sent me a cache of 4 Books as a Gift.while I recieved 2 of these the other two were supposedly out of stock--and have not made an appearance till date--despite having been fully paid for!!!That was the last straw---'Phone Calls were enough I decided when I put my foot down--Flowers and Gifts ordered and bought online were totally OUT!!
This year it has been a trifle disappointing--the Traders went on a Strike--resulting in the entire last week passing by with the Shops and Establishments closed due to a protest against a new Tax Bill.Hence we in Mumbai have spent a week that dragged by--done in by the sweltering,humid Heat,closed Shops and a soporofic effect on the Afternoon Siestas----even our rugged Vegetable and Fruit Vendors too have given up on selling between 2.00 p.m. and 4.30 p.m.----it is stiflingly hot on the Streets during that period!!So everywhere one goes it is all about Roadside Stalls covered with soaked Gunny Bags to keep the Fruit and Vegetables underneath fresh!!Today the Shops have re-opened again--so I guess it truly is a Happy Mother's Day for the Economy of Mumbai today!!!