“From the moment we take our first gulp of fresh air, her existence melts away to become one with us and from thereon our smiles, tears and dreams become hers.”

Mom has selflessly raised us, and always been there when she was needed. She made nothing seem too tough, or too long, or too high, or too wearisome when she was by my side.

She’s always been there for us through good times or bad. Anything we needed she made sure that we had. For Birthdays she would get us cakes, designed around our interests and hobbies. For Easter she would hide our eggs and chocolate bunnies and for Christmas when we were little she made sure our dad would get into his Santa suit and deliver our presents 🙂

She’s a strong and independent woman, who would go out of her way to help people who needed it most. I still remember her rescuing a woman who was bought to Mumbai on pretence of a job and was then duped into organ donation. Mom found her lying unconscious outside an hospital not only did she pay for her medical bills but also bought her home nursed her back to health and then traveled back to Calcutta and reached her home safely . It takes a lot of courage and guts to do what she did and for that she will forever be my hero and my role model.

My moms the creative one in our family , she wrote me the most beautiful letters when I was away studying in Panchgani. And she always slipped tiny notes in my college notebooks reminding me to eat healthy .She loved to paint and I guess I inherited that gene from her. But the biggest and valuable trait I’ve inherited from her is her love for shoes. People think its crazy that I own about 50 pairs of shoes – all I say is  “you should have met my mother in her teens ” :p It’s the little things she does that makes her so special- back when I was 10 and a closet poet she was the only one who recognized my talent and published my first poetry on the refrigerator door.

She’s the one who taught me that I could stand alone and be independent , She’d pick me up and dust me off and tell me to try again . She never enforced rules on me , she corrected me once and whether i’d choose to listen or not she’d watch me learn by trial and error . and then of course she’d follow it by – “I told you so” :p

What she taught me was simple life long lessons that endear. Be kind, be honest, find pleasure in simple give and take, work hard, help others around you, don’t be materialistic, read, write, listen to music, love yourself, respect everyone’s opinions, put family first and forgive .Her favorite quotes to me and my sis are :-

If you love somebody set them free, if they don’t come back they’re never meant to be.

And the other which we often favorite..

Do what your heart tell you, fuck what the world thinks.

Mom made the good times good and bad times never last. Through struggles which were great and sacrifices which she made plenty she always had a smile on her face.

I pen this ode to Mom :-

Cause she’s da bomb ! She listened to the music  we listened to ,everything from Nirvana to REM to Creed to Linkin park to Evanescence  and when the interests changed from Tiesto to Timbaland to The Killers only so that she could sing along with us  🙂

I love you Mom  more than Strawberries , cherries and an angel´s kiss in spring 😉 Happy Birthday !

*This is my moms favorite song and also the ringtone to every time she calls 🙂

11 thoughts on “For Mom

  1. kejal says:

    Hey There Aunty,
    Would like to take the opportunity to wish you a luck and love loaded B’day and a rocking year ahead. Hope you keep growing younger by each passing day. Love you loads. Hope to see you soon.
    P.S. hate to call u Aunty, but please bear with me.

    Kejal

    1. DEAR KEJAL says:

      DARLIN KEJ, FIRST LET ME SAY CONGRATS I LOVE UR BEAUTIFUL HOUSE .ITS SOOOOOOO BEAUTIFULLY DONE WELL THANSK ALSO FOR BEING FRIENDS TO MY GIRLS COO AND NIMI, THEY LOVE U AND TALK HIGHLY OF U MAY U ALL BE TO GETHER AND SHARE ALL YOUR HAPPINESS , THANKS AGAIN ,AND HEY U CAN CALL ME AUNTY BUT CALL ME .FLAVIA AUNTY OKIE HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA LOVE U TC AND KEEEEEP SMILING MY LOVE TO UR SON BYEEEEEEEEEEE

  2. Niki says:

    hey Flavi aunty
    Happy Birthday. hope u have a gr8 day.
    & we will celebrate ur b’day whn u cum back.
    will be missin u very much for my birthday this time as u r the life of the party.
    Take care.
    Mwah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. DEAR NIKITA says:

      MY BABY NIKITA, U R MY 3RD BABY, U AND COO NIMI GREW TOGETHER
      U GREW UP TOGETHER AND ALWAYS BE THERE FOR EACH OTHER IN ALL UR JOYS AND SORROWS ,U CAN COME TO OUR HOUSE ANY TIME OF THE DAY AND MY GIRLS WILL BE THERE FOR U REMEMBER THEY LOVE U SOOOOOO MUCH AND FOLLOWING UUR EXAMPLE ,I AM SO PROUD OF U THAT UR DOING UR MASTERS,UR MUMAND ME R BLESSED WITH CHILDREN LIKE U ,LOVE U MY RAJA THANKS AND GOD BLESS UMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMA

  3. Ninoskha says:

    hey mom !!!! love u loads and miss u too , have a wonderful birthday . love ninu xoxox

  4. krist0ph3r says:

    awww…that was so touching!!! happy birthday aunty, we look forward to many happy returns of the day…and more of the awesomeness that i’m sure, nicky hasn’t even started talking about 🙂

  5. suzanna says:

    Hey Aunty,

    Here’s wishing you a very Happy Birthday!!!
    May you be blessed with treasures beyond measure!!
    Thanks for giving me 2 awesome friends in nicky n ninu…hope to c u sooon…xoxoxo

    luv,
    Suzy

    1. FLAVIA AUNTY says:

      DARLING SUZY!!!!!!!!THANKYOU SO MUCH AND THANS FOR BEING SUCH A GOOD FRIEND OF MY BABIES NIMI AND COO, THEY LOVE U AS A SIS , ALWAYS BE THERE FOR EACH OTHER AND SHARE ALL UR JOYS AND SADNESS ,MY GIRLS R DARLINGS AND THEY WILL NEVER GIVE UP ON U NO MATTER WHAT ,GOD BLESS AND MAY ALL UR DREAMS COME TRUE MY PRAY FOR U BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE,UMMMMMMMMA……

  6. AiLien says:

    Hey Aunty,

    Wishing you another year of Happiness and Joy. Hope you have a Great Day! Happy Birthday!!!

    Love,
    AiLien

  7. Monica says:

    Hi Aunty,
    Belated happy birthday to you and wish u success always.
    I am sure you must have enjoyed the day and will definitely celebrate it once again when ur back.
    Take care
    Monica

  8. DeeSee says:

    Such a beautiful Post.
    Just started following ur Blog. 🙂
    And Belated Birthday wishes Aunty 🙂
    Cheerio

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