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My Inexpert Mother; My First Expert Mom!

This post won first prize amidst 349 entries in Indiblogger’s Mother’s Day contest sponsored by Godrej Expert!


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“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be ridiculous than absolutely boring.”Merlyn Monroe said it right. My Mom is not a perfect woman. Neither she’s an expert ‘super mom’, nor she’s a ‘yummy mummy’ but a simple saree clad Indian woman who couldn’t get an opportunity to get educated well. She got married at the tender age of 13 and despite her adjustments amidst the adversities of that child marriage she proved her mettle as a real woman of strength.

Today, I’m unable to express my gratitude towards her in words as her love couldn’t be restrained in mere letters, characters and symbols. Every year on Mother’s day, the whole world talks about those cool moms who are the flag bearers of the ‘woman’s lib’ and the frontiers of female fundamentalism. These urban, oh-so-updated moms (even I claim to be one of them) take the lead and become the most talked about mothers of the creed. But my mother belongs to that bracket of women who are not much privileged, or rather say deprived of all the goodness of life.

She became a mother at the age of 16 when she didn’t even know the meaning of motherhood. Then, how could she be aware of good education or even women’s liberation? But, she tried her level best to let me see the world through my eyes, feel its beauty through my senses and add a little dose of beauty to this world through my tiny efforts.

Though it’s quite difficult for me, but I too, try to my optimum efforts, to add excellence in her inexpert expertise of managing all her duties in an expert way. Here are my notes to all those mothers similar to my Maa who are not given much still they gave all the more to this world in their silent yet expert way.

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She whispered in my ears, those pearls of wisdom…

My Dear Inexpert yet Expert Maa,

Gone are the days when you used to shout at me, slap me to teach morals and manners. But today, when I do mistakes, feel guilty about them, and need those punishments againI miss you Maa, my first expert Teacher.

I hated when you imposed those diktats upon me to make me punctual and disciplined. But today, when I find it difficult to discipline my kidsI miss you Maa, my first expert Disciplinarian.

I got annoyed when you used to start whispering gossips in my ears about people around, amidst those social dos. But today, when I feel alone in the crowd and seek my best friendI miss you Maa, my first expert Confidante.

I felt embarrassed in front of my friends when you couldn’t talk with them in English. But today, when I’m surrounded with people of plastic sensibilities and artificial egos and I need a true person with a pure heart and innocenceI miss you Maa, my first expert Communicator.

I hated that sweat and spice odour coming from your body when I used to return home seeing my friends’ lipstick clad moms. But today, when I return home tired and rush to the kitchen immediately for foodI miss you Maa, my first expert Cook.

I always had aversions against those brinjals, pumpkins and bitter-gourds when you forced me to eat them by the name of health. But today, when I try hard to initiate good eating habits in my kids and failI miss you Maa, my first expert Nutritionist.

I disliked when you were busy in cooking, cleaning and washing for us with unkempt hands and messy hair. But today, when I feel torn between work and home, forget myself, discover premature signs of ageing, I remember your ever-glowing auraI miss you Maa, my first expert Beauty-Guide.

I got really hurt whenever you’ve slapped me or beaten me with your strong hands. I always blamed you for I was not physically as strong as you. But today, when I’m able to create and write with pen and keyboard with my delicate  hands and thin wrists only, I owe my abilities to your strong hands which could do all the household work so efficiently to let me free for my studies and hobbies— I miss you Maa, my first expert Lady-of-strength.

I become astonished with the fact that how brave were you when you gave birth to me at the age of mere 16. But today when I hand-feed my 16 yrs old daughter, I feel failed in my parentingI miss you Maa, my first expert Mother.

I felt panicky the day I discovered the first grey strand in my hair, I was literally confused among all those hair color brands for which to go for, but you were quite contemplated with your preferences of opting the Desi. Your trust for Godrej Hair Color made me sorted. But today, when I’m flanked with numerous International hair color brands and still get confused, I opt for your choice only, that’s the Godrej Expert Hair ColourI miss you Maa, my expert Hair-Color-Consultant.

I feel pathetic with the fact that today you are miles away from me while I’m writing this #Expert story with Godrej Expert. But with a smile, I’m reminiscing those love-hate moments of ours and I deeply miss you Maa, my first expert Inexpert.

——-> The inexpert daughter of the expert Mother,

Your’s lovingly Sangeeta

Godrej Expert

  • I had a deja vu feeling as my ma too delivered me at 17…and so loved this post. My ma my strength 🙂 congratulations for winning 🙂

  • Rakesh Pandey

    What a post! The thing I liked about it was the spontaneity and the natural flow of it. It was what they called ‘Shooting from the hip’ in the Wild West. Straight from the heart!

    No wonder that it won the first prize! It deserved it!

    • Thank you so much Rakesh ji. It’s indeed gratifying being read and appreciated by you. Means a lot! 🙂

  • sreedhar Bhattaram

    Congrats on winning the Contest.. Well written the Topic!

    • Sangeeta Mishra

      Thank you so much Sreedhar 🙂 Glad you liked it!

  • Hi Maitreni,
    I am here for the first time seeing your post in First Expert winner. I could more or less connect with you as I too share your age group and the feelings. It is always that we understand things quite late at times. Your post brims with honest feelings and you are not alone. You are the voice of many here. Very happy that you won the contest. Congrats.

    Best
    Katie

    • Hi dear. First of all, a hearty welcome to The Style Symphony blog. I’m so glad you’re here and wish you have a pleasant reading experience throughout! 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind words. Just to let you know, TSS is a collective effort of my Mom & Me. This post is not my story but my mom’s heartfelt feelings for my Granny which won us this prize and I’m so proud of her. I’m sure, mom would love your appreciation and this means a lot for both of us. Cheers! 😀

      • Aww… So sweet. Congrats to both of you. Lovely to see the mom n daughter combo blogging.

        Best
        Katie

    • Sangeeta Mishra

      Hi Katie,

      Thank you so much for your kind words. It pleases me more that people of my age group feel an emotional connect towards my story, even more than winning the prize. Your appreciation means a lot. Welcome to The Style Symphony once again, and please make us privileged by stopping here every now and then. 🙂

  • sunita

    Straight from the heart…and a truly deserving win! Congrats!

    • Thank you so much Sunita 😀

    • Sangeeta Mishra

      Thank you so much Sunita 🙂

  • rachnap

    Fantastic post! Many congratulations on winning the contest.

    • Thank you so Rachna 🙂 So glad you liked it! Cheers!

    • Sangeeta Mishra

      Thank you so much Rachna 🙂

  • Super happy for you my love… you are a rockstar!!! Muaah….
    and many congratulations ofcourse… keep smiling keep shining… 🙂

    • Thank you so much dear Archana… your warm wishes mean the world to me <3

    • Sangeeta Mishra

      Thank you so much Archana 🙂

  • anita

    completely agree

    • thanks dear 🙂

    • Sangeeta Mishra

      Thank you so much Anita 🙂

  • Loads of love dear and congrats for winning the contest…. so proud of you… 🙂

    • Thank you so much dear Mani… true well-wishers like you are rare to find and I’m blessed to have one in my life! <3 Lots of love!

  • U K

    Rockstar Matts! You made us all proud. I am so happy you won a contest with this post, its really touching and comes straight from the heart…

    • Thank you so much U.K. I’m so happy seeing how happy you are for me. A true gem you are in my life. :’)

  • Avinash Mishra

    Mom, who give us birth and introduce us to this world!
    Mom, who care us like own soul!
    Mom, who protects us from all sorts of troubles!
    Mom, who always think about our wellness wherever we are in this world!

    There is no alternative of mom who sacrifices her dreams just for the happiness of children. She is real GOD on this earth.
    ——-
    Very touchy story. Touched my heart. (Y) Loved it a lot. <3

    • Truely said Avinash. I so very agree with you.Thank you so much. 🙂

      • Avinash Mishra

        My Pleasure, Maitreni 🙂

    • Sangeeta Mishra

      That’s absolutely true Avinash. A mother remains always same not matter which generation she belongs to. Thank you so much that you liked it. 🙂

      • Avinash Mishra

        If we are talking about Mother then we should not talk about generation gap between mother and her children because our generation is able to see this new generation because mother has given us birth and bring us in this world to shape new generation.

        The word mother (MAA) acts as the weapon to overcome all sorts of pain. It gives relax to the heart.

        • Sangeeta Mishra

          Truly said. God bless. 🙂

  • Saru

    Beautiful post, Maitreni. Good luck!

  • Mohit

    Very nice post Maitreni..I read it properly and understood that its written by your Mom. I hope that you’ll keep writing stories and other stuff in the same way.

    • Yes, Indeed Mohit. It’s the Mother-Daughter-Bond between my Granny & My Mom. I’ve learnt how to write from Mom & how to live life from my Granny. Many Thanks from Team TSS. for the appreciation.

  • Shaan

    well said Maitreni… Yug Badal Jaaye,Rehen Sehen Badal Jaaye Magar Maa to Maa hi Rehti Hai Uska Pyaar Ajay Hai Amar Hai Wo Wahi Ka Wahi Rehta Hai………..

    • Yes, Very true Shaan. But It’s my Granny’s story, written by my Mom, the co-author of The Style Symphony. That era says countless stories of sacrifices & selfless love. Well, thanks a lot for your appreciation. 🙂

    • Sangeeta Mishra

      Thanks Shaan. ‘Maa Ka Pyar’ is indeed one of the most timeless possessions mankind could ever cherish. Thanks for your kind words. 🙂

  • Sangeeta Mishra

    Thank you so much Manaswi. Glad that you liked it.:)

  • Very sweet tribute! Perhaps true with most of the Mothers in Indian Society about 30-40 yrs back. But very true as expressed by you she is truly the first expert and forever unparalleled.

    • Yes, Very true Aditya. It’s my Granny’s story, written by my Mom, the co-author of The Style Symphony. That era speaks countless stories of sacrifices & selfless love. Well, thanks a lot for your appreciation. 🙂

    • Sangeeta Mishra

      Indeed Aditya, the story belongs to the very same era and still prevalent in some parts of our society.But indeed she’s unparalleled. Thanks much for appreciating. 🙂

  • Mother’s are so precious in our Life’s and we miss all golden days we have spent, when we grow up. Mother’s are true earth angels, who protect or guide his/her little angels in time of need and show them rigth path. Nice and great tribute. Thanks for sharing with us. Keep Rocking ((Hugs))

    • Yes, Very true Amit. It’s my Granny’s story, written by my Mom, the co-author of The Style Symphony. That era says countless stories of sacrifices & selfless love. Well, thanks a lot for your appreciation. 🙂

    • Sangeeta Mishra

      Thank you Amit. Your comment is indeed valuable for us. 🙂

  • Lovely post! I am glad to read something of this well-written which go beyond generations; a mother remains the same, throughout the ages 🙂
    Great arrangement of things too! 🙂

    • Sangeeta Mishra

      Thanks much Teny. Glad that you liked it. Appreciation from people like you, feels great. 🙂

    • Yes, Very true Teny It’s my Granny’s story, written by my Mom, the co-author of The Style Symphony. That era says countless stories of sacrifices & selfless love. Well, thanks a lot for your appreciation. 🙂

  • Mother is everything to us! Above of all! Nice tribute…

    • Sangeeta Mishra

      Thank you so much. Glad that you liked it. 🙂

    • Thanks so much. 🙂

  • Aziz

    quintessential MOM defined with those examples, which are just so relevant .. beautifully weaved !

    • Sangeeta Mishra

      Thank you so much for your appreciation. It feels great hearing nice words from people like you. 🙂

    • Yes, Very true Aziz. It’s my Granny’s story, written by my Mom, the co-author of The Style Symphony. That era says countless stories of sacrifices & selfless love. Well, thanks a lot for your appreciation. 🙂

  • Bhavani

    Aaawwwww……. That’s a very lovely post!!!!

    • Sangeeta Mishra

      Thanks much Bhavani. Glad that you liked it. 🙂

    • Thanks Bhavani.

  • Your mother is an inspiration dear ! Lovely post ! My mom was married at an early age too and I can totally relate to this.. 🙂

    • Sangeeta Mishra

      Thank you so much Najm. No, matter how privileged we are but we owe your success to our mothers who’ve only contributed in our making without taking anything in return. 🙂

    • Thanks Nazm. It’s my Granny’s story, written by my Mom, the co-author of The Style Symphony. That era says countless stories of sacrifices & selfless love. Well, thanks a lot for your appreciation. 🙂

  • Kumar Rajesh

    Very beautifully carved… amazing graphics..overall an awesome read. Kudos!

    • Sangeeta Mishra

      Thank you so much. Glad that you liked it.:)

  • Prateek Aggarwal

    Lovely tribute it is. What a great read. Loved it to the core.

    • Sangeeta Mishra

      Thank you so much. Glad that you loved it.:)

  • beeee….utiful sweets 🙂 very heartfelt!!! infact the title itself swept me off my feet 🙂
    hugs 🙂

    • Sangeeta Mishra

      Thank you so much Archana 🙂 . I’m so very glad having such comment from you. Your comments are indeed special for The Style Symphony. 🙂

    • Yes, Very true Darling. It’s my Granny’s story, written by my Mom, the co-author of The Style Symphony. That era says countless stories of sacrifices & selfless love. Well, thanks a lot for your appreciation. 🙂

  • Priyanka Aggarwal

    Loved your way of expressing it..so beautiful indeed…even my Mom bangs on Godrej Expert only whent it comes to hair colour. Great post (y)

    • Sangeeta Mishra

      Thank you so much Priyanka. Glad that you liked it.:)

  • Aamna Ameen

    Very beautifully expressed…hats off to your mom who’s made you an expert 🙂

    • Sangeeta Mishra

      Thank you so much Aamna . Glad that you liked it.:)

  • Jotika Sharma

    Very emotional connect with the readers..it kept me glued till the end.

    • Sangeeta Mishra

      Thank you so much Jyotika. Glad that you liked it.:)

  • Grace D Cruz

    Love expression of motherly warmth and tenderness…your Maa is truly the first expert. Kudos to the lady 🙂

  • Vineeta M Dubey

    Very well expressed Sangeeta. I had goosebumps while reading your note to your Mom. Great work..Hats off!

    • Sangeeta Mishra

      Thank you so much Vineeta . It’s indeed gratifying when comes from you. 🙂

  • Stuti Tiwari

    Extremely emotional story… You’ve portrayed an intense connect with your mom. Loved the read.

    • Sangeeta Mishra

      Thank you so much Stuti. Glad that you liked it.:)

  • Adwiti Pandey

    Very touching post. Indeed a hearty tribute to mother. Loved the graphic too. 🙂

    • Sangeeta Mishra

      Thank you so much Adwiti. Glad that you liked it., And thanks Maitreni fir the Graphics. They’re really worth it.:)

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