My Mother…

Mother and I

Dearest Amma, Today is your death anniversary. It’s now three years since you left this world on the day chosen by you. Though you have left, we are full of memories…of the extraordinary life and times that we were together. Amma, if we have to describe you in words, they would be…selfless, giving, disciplined, full … Read more

Growing Up Mom #7 – Vegetables Vs Vedavalli

The picture below is of my beautiful mother eating a salad :):). The effort involved is clearly seen. She is totally pissed off with me because I forcibly feed her vegetables. To all my school friends and other friends out there, who are all ardent supporters of my mother see this for yourself. Left to … Read more

Growing up Mom #5

My father gave Mom a name – “Ba-Tu-Ta”, naming her after the great Chinese traveller who came to India during the reign of Mohammed Bin Tughlaq. Amma’s name though is an acronym – “Ba” is written as “Pa” in Tamil script, the alphabet for Pa and Ba being the same and the context decides the … Read more

Lambi Kahani of the Lambi Bindi

There are certain things that I have loved from when I was a little girl – the tiny nose stud, the bindi, Kajal for my eyes and of course sarees. I have never fallen out of love with these things. In 1978, when we visited my maternal grandparents in Tirunelveli during school holidays, I asked … Read more

Amma’s transformation … in the blink of an eye

My mother underwent cataract surgery last Thursday. Cataract surgery is probably the safest and quickest of surgeries performed anywhere in the world. Ofcourse it has to be done by a competent doctor, but there is negligible risk and its easy for the patient. Not so when the patient is my mother :):). Amma has not … Read more