We are born of love; Love is our mother ~ Rumi

Bharati Bhattacharya, Rabindra Sangeet singer

No Oscar speech. No thank you notes. Nothing can make this post more special than it is. This is my Ma. Desh, Anandobazaar and Rabindranath* defines her. Music is her life. So are we – Baba, my brother and me. And now, the bearded biker and our two girls – the Z-Sisters. In the same order? Maybe… maybe not. Hopefully not. I don’t really care if it is. For, we fit in perfectly in her life, without juggling for space. If she had a chance, she would be running in the green pastures, climbing up the trees, singing to the winds, talking to the birds and swimming with the tides. She’s like Maria from The Sound of Music – ‘How do you pin a cloud upon the sky?’ Fortunately or unfortunately, we pinned her down with our love.

Ma and I in our ancestral home in Naihati, clicked by my dearest borojethu, the eldest paternal uncle

Ma gave my little brother and I enough freedom in our lives, also enough chances to recover from our mistakes. We’ve grown up breathing art, music and life and I’ve grown up believing that all mums must be like her. So, I cannot fathom that when I read articles or hear about children being brought up by other kind of mums. In my life right now however, another Ma shares the space with my own Ma. That is my mum-in-law. I’ve written about her and her cooking a few times in my blog. But my own Ma? I guess this is the first time. I’m confused with so many Mother’s Days that are celebrated all over the world. I don’t mind though, as it gives us a moment to celebrate mothers around the world. Ma is an independent wild spirit whom my Baba never wanted to tame… as it should be in a relationship. Happy Mother’s Day, Ma… and to all the other mothers in the world!

Unblogging it all… Ishita

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*Desh is a popular Bengali magazine, Anando Bazaar is a daily Bengali Newspaper and Rabindranath refers to the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

Bharati Bhattacharya

Anandabazar Patrika is an Indian Bengali-language daily newspaper

Ma relaxing in the verandah

Ma relaxing in the verandah

Disclaimer: I’ve shared some pictures from my brother’s personal album. This isn’t a sponsored post, nor are there any affiliated links for any of the brands that may have been mentioned in this blogpost. The subject, story, opinions and views stated here are my own and all images are from my personal album. While you enjoy reading my posts with lot of visuals, please do not use any material from these posts.



22 Comments on “Ma

  1. I read the post out loud to Ma today and we loved it, specially the part where you created an analogy to the character of Maria from the Sound of Music to describe her free spirited nature. The timeless vintage picture of Ma in a retro polka saree carrying her angel in the end of this post took us by surprise. She looks so innocent and radiant in the visual as she is still today epitomizes elegance. It is a perfect tribute by a loving daughter to her loving mother on Mother’s Day and I salute you for this dedication.Keep unblogging…Niel

    • Oye brother! Credit goes to your photographs completely. They capture Ma so well. i wish we had cameras and had learnt the art of clicking when she was 20 years younger and looking gorgeous. I’ll do, and I would request you to keep on at your own blog – it has it’s own rhythm… try to find some time please:)

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  3. Sorry I missed this Ishita. Your Ma looks so lovely and elegant and sounds like she is a remarkable person too. Truly beautiful tribute 🙂

    • Sorry I missed your comment Madhu (honestly!) Just chanced upon this, as I thought of sharing the post once again today on Mother’s Day! Thank you very much, you are making me very emotional.

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    • Thank you so much… she is really beautiful and quite a free spirit. I miss her quite a lot, staying so far away.

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