What does Mother’s Day mean to you?
Motherhood is the purest form of power. As a child, Mother’s Day was just another day for me. But today, after the birth of my baby girl Akira, and having witnessed my wife turn into a mother, it is one of the most special days in my life. I do miss my mom (his mother passed away in 2019). I still remember my mother telling me how difficult it is for a mom to nurture a baby in her womb for nine months. I realised the power of her words when I saw my wife (Sruti) give birth. Mothers just have an auto-mechanism to nurture their child.
Tell us about your #PandemicMom…
The first one is Vijaya ma’am, who runs a birthing centre in Hyderabad. She helped us deliver Akira. When Sruti and I were expecting, there was a point when she became a bit anxious and wanted to do this the right way. We reached out to a few gynaecologists, but they scared her even further. We then came in touch with Vijaya ma’am, who was so comforting, even when she was 700km away, that we decided to head to Hyderabad for the beautiful process.
How did she help you both during this important phase of your lives?
We were in the thick of the pandemic when we were expecting Akira. We left for Hyderabad, leaving everything behind, because Vijaya ma’am was so reassuring. I was there right beside Sruti, when she delivered Akira. It was a beautiful yet tedious process. Watching her take care of Sruti just like a mother, getting her through her long labour was something I will never forget. We are blessed to have met a person like Vijaya ma’am. Even today, when we reach out to her, any time of the day or night, she is there for us.
Tell us about the impact created by your other mother figure during the pandemic…
She is Bharati akka, who is my closest friend’s sister. Back then, my friend had informed her that we were going to Hyderabad to deliver our child. You won’t believe it, but for every day that we were there, she sent us home-cooked meals. We had rented a place and cooking after a point became difficult. But she made us feel like we were at a home away from home. To find family among strangers was a miracle. We are the most grateful to these two goddesses.
How do you look at love and strength from strangers during such times?
I don’t think everyone has the ability to show love and affection to strangers. I don’t think I had it. But after meeting Vijaya ma’am and Bharati akka, I learnt it in a way. Every mother deserves to know that they are loved and cared for. To get love in situations like the pandemic or a place where family is not around, is an amazing feeling. Akira’s birth story is such a lovely one filled with adventures and love from kind strangers. I know that when the time comes, her story will inspire her to be there for someone, too, when she grows up. Empathy is what the world requires right now and I consider myself lucky to have received that.
Share your story along with a picture of the person who has been like a mother to you during the pandemic using #Pandemicmom. Let’s celebrate them this Mother’s Day.
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