Tuesday, 17 November 2015

This Mother Is Made Of Great!

You should have been the last person to inspire me. After all, born in a village of Yugoslavia, how could you have become the inspiration of a person belonging to Visakhapatnam, India, thousands of kilometers away?

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But Mother, today I look at you as someone whom I see as #madeofgreat, someone who left a lasting impression on me.

You were not my biological mother, but you went on to become my mother, a million others’ mother, and The World’s Mother.

I was only six year old then. But I had a basketfull of complaints about my life. I had complaints about my nagging parents, irritating siblings, atrocious food which I had to eat everyday, cruel teachers, lousy and outdated toys, selfish friends, and about having to share my room with my sibling.

I hated myself, I hated my family, my school, my neighbours and everything around me. I did not know how I was going to cope up with this irritating world in the coming years.

Then I met you, Mother. It was a trip arranged by my school to the Missionaries of Charity. And my life changed ever after.

There I saw you for the first time, draped in a white saree with a blue border and a scarf around your hair. 

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You were talking to an orphan child with your head bowed and your face lit up with a with a smile on your face.

All of six year old, I was visiting the Missionaries of Charity and seeing orphan children everywhere and then watching you take all of them in your fold. I didn’t know what it meant to me at that time. I only knew that something happened to me, something in me moved. There was something in you, which transformed me into another world.

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In that home of yours in Kolkata, called the Missionaries of Charity, I saw hundreds of children who had neither mother nor father. They had no one to hold their finger while they learnt to walk, no one to bake them a cake or gift a bicycle on their birthday. They had no siblings to play and fight with, and no toys to break. They had no bed to sleep in, and no one to cuddle to in the mornings. They had no one to complain to about the food. They had no one to wait for them when they came from school.  In fact, they had no school. They had no books to hate, no new clothes to show off, and no shoes to be made dirty in the mud. 

Suddenly I realized how blessed I was. I had caring parents, loving siblings to play with, a cozy bed to sleep in, and a plateful of food placed on the breakfast table every morning.

How I saw you becoming a mother of all those deprived children! You took them in your fold and bestowed them with love and care they craved for. I saw you holding hands of thousands of them. I saw you showering them with selfless love and care as they tried to find a place for them in this cruel world.

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A hundred questions raced in my mind. Who were you? Did you not have your own children?  Why were you not with your own family? Why did you come thousands of kilometers away from your home to care for children unknown to you? Why were you doing this? And lastly, why did you look so happy doing this?

As I learnt more, I was overwhelmed to know that you had chosen to be a mother to thousands of children instead of just a few.

Suddenly, Mother, you became my first inspiration. You inspired me to think that I must not take for granted everything I had. 

You were one of those who is truly #madeofgreat, someone who taught me how to live a life. You became my inspiration telling me how to love life by loving others.

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The time passed. But the memory of you draped in white saree had etched in my mind as I grew up through the my teen years and then into adulthood.

Then as a young adult, I started my career and love life. And I started to have my triumphs and moments of despair in both.

Then a time came when I was about to give up hope. Having been betrayed at work and rejected in love, I didn’t know what to do with my life. I didn’t know what I wanted from life.

It was then, Mother, that the memories of you draped in white saree and serving others selflessly flashed in my mind. It was then that I decided to take a sabbatical from work and join your Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata. And when I was near you, I felt nearest to God.

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There, Mother, every day I saw you touching the old and the sick, the disabled and the weak; holding their hands in yours, praying for them, and making them feel that the God loves them.

Again, Mother, you came out to me as an expert on the purpose of life, on how to feel God's presence near me, how to feel blessed while caring for others, and how to feel the eternal peace within myself.

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Though I came back from my sabbatical a few months later and settled well in my career and life, my perspective of life changed forever. Mother, it is because of you that I can say today that I am an expert in the art of living. You were the one who taught me this….., without even saying a word.

You may not be my biological mother, but you will always remain a mother to my soul. You are a person whom I will always think about as someone #madeofgreat 

Lionel Messi, another man who is #madeofgreat, is driven by the same stuff what drives Tata Motors on roads in India and abroad.... indomitable spirit that is, coupled with expertise in the field.

This post is written for the #madeofgreat contest by Tata Motors in Indiblogger


  1. Indeed a nicely written post. I wish you good luck for the contest
    Here is my answer
    The association of Tata Motors with Lionel Messi is that of two greats. Lionel Messi has been exceptionally talented who with his hard work, determination and sacrifices has got better and tougher in his chosen sport so is the Image, reputation and quality of TATA Motors that have transformed brilliant ideas into masterpieces of engineering and created a brand and products that we are so proud of as Indians. Lionel Messi has transformed his body and the mind body co-ordination into a masterpiece of precision and excellence it would not be wrong to say that Lionel Messi is the TATA Motors of sports where as TATA Motors is the Lionel Messi of vehicles both giants in their own spheres driven by the drive to excel and lead by example. So Lionel Messi is the best choice for becoming the brand Ambassador for TATA Motors

  2. Your post defines #madeofgreat to the hilt. Goodluck for the contest
    My answer is:
    Authenticity, reliability, simplicity, as well as its commitment to innovation are the pillars of strength on which TATA have built a brand that has put India on the global map. It is a brand that has stood the test of time just like Lionel Messi who tackles opposition on the field with his skill,agility,strategy,brilliance and raw power to reach and score a goal so has been the track record of TATA motors who has become a brand leader and a global giant. These qualities make TATA Motors and Lionel Messi perfect partners who stand for the same set of values thus Lionel Messi is the perfect brand ambassador to represent TATA Motors.
    Hope my best to be a winner here; do contact me for the prize at mahima2014j@gmail.com
    fingers crossed

  3. You were near her? You worked with her? Did I get it right?! Wow, superb to hear that. Touching!


  4. Your post describes #madeofgreat so well that it has winner written all over it. Good luck for your entry.
    Here is my answer.
    Like minds think and act alike looking at the track record of TATA Motors it has stood the test of time and built a business that was built using bricks of hard work on a foundation of trust. Authenticity, reliability, simplicity, as well as its commitment to innovation are the trademarks of brand TATA Motors. These same qualities are present in Lionel Messi who with his immense talent has made a mark for himself on the international football field .Facing all hardships he has worked hard toiling on the fields and in training sessions facing injuries and pressure to come out trumps and be a winner. Thus these two greats Lionel Messi and TATA Motors are made for each other .There association is a bond of two legends
    In case you pick me a winner my email id is : princess09hema@gmail.com
    Fingers crossed :)

  5. Yours is a very well written post your .Its is a very nice description of #madeofgreat
    TATA Motors is a brand associated with performance, endurance and excellence. These words are also synonymous with Lionel Messi who plays as a forward and weaves his magic on the football field.Just as Lionel Messi is considered the best footballer in the world ,TATA motors which is Indias premier automotive manufacturer gives wheels to the people of India with its wide range of vehicles. Both believe in excelling in whatever they do and set examples for others to follow. They compliment each other as both are reliable trustworthy and leaders thus Lionel Messi is the natural choice as the brand ambassador of TATA Motors