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Mother: God’s best gift to mankind

Jupinderjit Singh’s middle Mother (March 30) was very touching. It was actually a sincere prayer for the long life of all mothers. Motherhood indeed is a deification of womanhood. A Jewish proverb says that God could not be everywhere and, therefore, He made mothers.

Literature of English and other languages is replete with eulogies about mother’s love and her struggle for children. Maxim Gorky’s novel “Mother” has become a classic. Dozens of Punjabi folk singers have sung in praise of mothers.

O.P.CHAWLA, Panchkula 

Hindi film lyrics are also not lagging behind. I am reminded of the “Daadi Maa” (1966) film song Usko nahi dekha ham ne kabhi par is ki zarurat kya hogi, Ai maa teri surat se alag bhagwan ki surat kya hogi. Shashi Kapoor’s famous dialogue in “Deewar” Merey paas maa hai reverberated in the Oscar Award ceremony when AR Rehman, while receiving the award for Slumdog Millionaire, referred to it in reverence to his own mother.

Urdu poetry abounds in couplets glorifying mother. I will quote only one of Munawar Rana: Kisi ko ghar mila hisey mein yaan koyi dukan aayi, mai ghar mein sabh se chhota tha, merey hisey mein maa aayi. Jupinderjit’s terror of thinking of home without mother is well-reflected in Hawthorne’s line: “What is home without a mother?” May all mothers, including the writer’s and mine, live  long, healthy and gratifying lives!



The middle left me in tears. It seemed as if my own thoughts have been printed on paper. My mother is also 65 years old now. I have also harboured a fear of losing her since my early childhood. I remember my weekly homecomings to Ropar while staying in hostel at DAV College, Chandigarh, during the mid-eighties. The first thing my eyes searched on reaching home was my mother. On seeing her only, I could feel comfortable.

No doubt, mother is the best gift of God to mankind. Without mother we are not there. She brings us to life, rears us with all her might, keeps awake for countless nights during our infancy. Later on as children we throw tantrums to extract favours from her. Being scared of our dad, we normally turn to our mother for approval for going on a school trip or for extra pocket money or for going to a movie.

Our mother spends the best years of her life, her youth, in our upbringing. After having her toil all these years, when we are grown up and should be around to look after her, we leave for greener pastures. This only for a few more rupees and a good lifestyle! Our mother, by now beset with a weak eyesight, trembling hands or arthritic joints, keeps her eyes on the door, waiting for her son to come to her and spend a few moments with her, having never asked anything in return for all her life-long labour.

A mother’s most cherished dream is to have a beautiful, caring bride for her son. But in some cases, her dreams go awry when the bride fails to see a mother in her mother-in-law. In most cases, people come to know the importance of mother after she is gone forever. We are very lucky if our mother is with us till we are grown up. We should cherish our mother and do our best to put a smile on her face in her twilight years. In my view, service to a mother is better than bowing before God a thousand times because she is the living incarnation of God Himself!



The middle on mother was very touching. In these days I am also experiencing the same. My mother is 95 years old and she is helplessly withering away. After retirement I am devoting full time to look after her. But there are many who ignore their mother in her sunset years.

Great match, average cricket

The World Cup 2011 semi-final between India and Pakistan at Mohali can be best described as a clash between the best of the enemies. The public euphoria notwithstanding, both captains were very considerate to each other in praising the strong points of each other before the match started.

After the start of the match, Indian batsmen did their best to pave way for Pakistan’s victory. Sachin could not have been more benign to the opponent. He offered four easy chances to get himself out. Yuvraj Singh was even more helpful. Only Suresh Raina went against the current and scored 30 sparkling runs to save his team. Pakistan’s response was no less gracious. They refused to accept all the four chances offered by Sachin to help him score his 100th international century and enable India to win. They tried a “pallu shot” to offer a catch to the wicket-keeper. Afridi displayed his consistency in offering a catch and getting out. It reminds one of an old song Aap yoonhi agar hamse milte rahe, dekhiye ek din pyar ho jayega. All said and done, it was a great match but not great cricket. Dhoni must be wondering as to how much good luck a captain can enjoy. Nothing succeeds like success. Congratulations Team India .Wish you all the very best of cricketing at Wankhede Stadium!

Col VINOD SARAF (retd),Chandigarh



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