The indefatigable human spirit can conquer any opponent. You just need to believe in it.

She is my Mummy. She is a Mummy to many more. She is not my biological mother. And that makes the relationship beautiful and unique.

Mummy's picture with a kid
She is a cancer warrior. She knows that cancer will defeat her soon. Any day, any moment. But until that moment comes, she will fight it with dignity and grace. Looking at her medical condition, I feel even breath has fallen in love with her. And just wants to keep her alive. It's indeed difficult to defeat someone with so much love and positivity.

She is alive, throbbing and thrusting. Embracing every minute with the intensity of conquering it. And everything she does is nothing short of a celebration. Be it her love for nature or her desire to dance in the rain. Seriously, she becomes a kid when she sees the skies open up! She gets drenched to the bones whenever she gets a chance to do so.

Mummy getting drenched in the rain
I vividly remember how I had pulled her leg on her shower cap idea. Believe it or not, she looked like a heroine from the Yash Chopra banner! Just a rainy background score was required. Her romance with the rain continues. Just enough precaution has to be taken for not catching a cold.

Mummy getting drenched in the rain
She has been a creative person since her naive years. Cooking, stitching, painting, writing poems were just a few among the many things that she could do with uncommon elan. And yes, effortlessly. She never had any professional training and refrained from being a part of the rat race. She did not try hard to be "good". She just did it because she loved doing it. It gave her happiness. With practice and experience, her learning curve increased exponentially. So did the quality of her products.

"You can even turn grass, tasty!”
"How do you quote the perfect lines for every situation? "

Many such compliments were received with an unblemished smile. A humble confession followed. “Flattery will get me nowhere."

She loves to read and watch movies. Her likings, interestingly, span over the entire spectrum. A Tintin comic is as engaging as Wings of Fire (an autobiography of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam) or even a book on Swami Vivekananda. Movies of the yesteryears are as much a watch as the recent Gen Y ones. But yes, of course, Guru Dutt finds a special place in her heart. Pyaasa by Guru Dutt is one of her favourites. Her interest in movies is often used to advantage when she feels a little low or weak. Movies like Wall-E or Up can lift her spirits like nothing else.

Mummy picture collage with others

Today as I sit miles apart, I feel helpless. I can't do anything to lessen her pain or give her comfort. But my words, perhaps, can make her smile. A girl sitting somewhere on this planet loves you. And that is all I can offer her.

Wonderful as Mummy is, she is surrounded by people who truly love her. They have not only taken good care of her but firmly stood by her side during her worst hours. Western countries have a facility named “Hospice”. It is for critically ailing patients. It offers customised hospital care that prioritises the patient’s emotional needs as much as their medical ones. It helps the patients to live the last few days of his life like a dream. Do everything that he loves. Mummy’s caregivers have created the essence of a hospice in their home. And it's beautiful. Beyond words. She gets to have a facial, do her artwork, visit her home or take a respite amidst nature. Everything is tailored strictly within the permissible limits of her health condition.

My salute to all caregivers. You make even a dreadful disease look trifle. You inspire many others who are fighting with their loved ones. A warrior, after all, needs equally abled soldiers. A soldier outside and a traveller within, is who you are. I am reminded of the song, ‘What a Wonderful World’ by the American trumpeter and vocalist, Daniel Louis Armstrong.

A special mention of Nani (grandmother). It needs immense strength and courage to see your own child struggling and coping with incomprehensible pain. To accept a hopeless future is a daunting step further. She didn’t spare a moment away from Mummy since the time the news came in. Even today, Nani is Mummy’s shadow.

Mummy with nani(grandmother)

Life is too short for regrets. No matter who your opponent is, believe in yourself and put up your best fight. Whether you win or lose, matters not. I learnt this from Mummy.

The team of Quotidian Tales loves you. We got to know about you as a person and have fallen in love with you. Wish you less pain and more joy.

By: Sanhita Sinha
Photo courtesy: Family members

This article and the opinions expressed in it are personal opinions. It is not meant for imposing specific views or endorsing a particular way of life. Also please do ignore any errors or omissions that you might come across. We pledge to learn from them. Happy viewing.


Awesome, practically i am speechless!!
Unknown said…
So inspiring ..... Her smile is so beautiful inspite of all the pain🤗😍👍
Mou said…
Some people are embodiments of the lesson of how to live life.
Unknown said…
We should all learn to live like her! Amazing lady with such a heartwarming smile. Wishing her all smile and no pain! Salute her spirit!
Bani said…
Inspiring ... and what a wonderful and a heart warming read...
Unknown said…
wonderful article..fills us with hope and immense respect for your mum. Heartwarming indeed 😊😊
Manish Gulati said…
A wonderful person .. such a graceful spirit
Tan_Infinity said…
Loved it...reminded me of someone I lost a few years back
Unknown said…
I have not seen Mummy, nor do I know her, but your article makes me feel that I know her since ages.,.it is indeed brave-hearts like her who fills our hearts with hope, positivity and inspiration to live a meaningful life... thanks to the team of quotidian tales for creating such beautiful pieces that are a pleasure to read... keep up the good work
Abhinav Anand said…
Such a lovely article... Brought tears in my eye. Thanks for adding my pic as well..
Vaishali said…
A salute to the Brave heart and the Lively soul. May her spirits be always high like this and she gets all the happiness she deserves
Paromita said…
Her smile shows she is a winner already...hope she blesses us with similar courage and passes on such positive vibes too...and so beautifully put in words by you! Thanks for sharing!
Unknown said…
Beautiful and inspiring article.
Sarbari said…
The story of "Mummy" is so inspiring. Her smile and her artworks so beautiful! Will never get to know her personally, it she seems so near, so close to the heart! Keep up your fight warrior, I salute your spirit...
Siddartha said…
Beautiful read, gorgeous mummy.
An inspection to many. Her good health is in our prayers.
Unknown said…
Mummy is a true Hero... It feels as if nothing can deter her from living life to the fullest and in its truest form! Her love for everyone around her and vice versa is the indomitable spirit that has kept her going and made it all so worthwhile. .... salute to Mummy and all her near and dear ones. Lots of love to her. And thank you for this beautiful read
Quotidian Tales said…
The response is overwhelming. Our team of Quotidian Tales is touched to get such beautiful comments from each one of you. We are more than grateful to you for showering so much love on Mummy. We have a broad smile on our face :-)
Soumya said…
A very nicely structured piece that brings about the situation perfectly. The restlessness in the author is palpable. But even then the author has not allowed the emotions take control and has done full justice to the subject. This juxtaposes nicely with the immense calmness that 'Mummy' exudes which gets manifested through the words and the photographs as well. I can wish only well to both the individuals.

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