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

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 – my brother, Baba and me. And now my little girls – the Z-Sisters. In the same order? Maybe, maybe not. Hopefully not. And 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 almost 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. She’s given my little bro and me enough freedom in our lives and 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, when I read articles in the newspapers about children being brought up by other kind of mums, I cannot fathom that. In my life right now, another Ma shares the space with my own Ma. That is my Mum-in-law. I’ve written her recipes 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 just gave me a chance to write about her. I have to admit here that my Ma is Ma because of the independence she got from my Baba. But then that’s kept for another day, another post – for Father’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day Ma! And to all the other Mas in the world.

Unblogging it all… Ishita

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

Disclaimer: I’ve shared pictures from my brother’s personal album. I do hope you enjoy reading the posts with lot of visuals. Please do not use any material from this post. You can catch my daily travel and food journey on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


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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