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my life.. her shadow...



I heartily thank IndiBlogger for hosting creative contests and help us to nurture our talent and to write creative stories from the mind or to pen down true reflections from the heart, smiles! There are two exciting contest running at the moment, The Kissan 100% Real Blogger Contest and Around The World With Expedia, and I felt the former is too close to my heart as I realized how beautiful was my childhood days. Moreover, I am not going to write one more love story or a creative fiction for the contest as I did in the past, because I wanted to express something close to my heart, my childhood days and the 100% Real experience that made me whatever I am today.

Whether it is curse or boon, I am not sure how to call it, whatever it may; it taught me what life is. The best place I lived so far in my lifetime is my mother's womb, after that it is my sweet home. It is sweet not because of what people cherish, its size, colourful, or the high priced decorative things, in fact never we had any of those mentioned but my sweet family made it a sweet home. Although it is being built by hands woven with coconut leaves by my grandfather years back, it is our Taj Mahal and I spent my golden childhood days there. The house made us live closely with the nature because at night I can enjoy the stars through the roof holes, at day I can feel the hot sun and at rainy season I can enjoy the waterfall without visiting Niagara Falls, I mean the rainfall that pours through the roof holes. I slept peacefully even in that little house because I had my sweet family with me.

What is so special about my family, well my family itself is special because of my mom, dad, elder sister, more than three dozens of hens, two dogs, six cats, three mango trees, and a beautiful garden, which closely associated me with nature and lives. I am a master at climbing tree and mango tree is my favourite one, whenever I feel hot, the next moment I will be on the tree to enjoy the nature’s gift. I am close to hens, dogs (Snoopy and Browny), cats (Jessie, Poruki, Sweety, Janu, Swamy and Tiger) as I enjoyed each passing seconds in such a sweet environment despite we were a poor family and my father monthly wage was less than what I earn in a day today.

The dream to live a good life helped me to join a government school with two sets of uniform, slate and Balpam (writing stick). I learnt 'a', 'ah', 'e', 'ee' acting as if I am writing without actually re-writing on the slate to save the writing stick for a week. The hunger to gain knowledge was more than the actual hunger.

செவுக்குண வில்லாத போழ்து சிறிது
வயிற்றுக்கும் ஈயப் படும்.

Translation:
When 'tis no longer time the listening ear to feed
With trifling dole of food, supply the body's need.


I sipped knowledge as a supplement for food. The hunger to learn helped me to stay as the best in whatever I do.

Slowly we built a small house, and my brother was born. Our economic condition was much better than years before, I mean at least twice in a day we were able to have food and sometimes my brother and sister having idli's (rice cake), father and me having paluthu and my sweet mom having only water was our new stage.

As days passed, I became the hero of my little school with my intelligence. Be it a teacher or a student, whomever they may be, they know my name, which made my parents proud and I am happy to hear, ‘you are the best’. In order to fulfil the increasing needs of the family, my mom and I started taking tuitions in the evening under the mango tree. We had a good crowd as I was known for my Mathematics skill in my place. When multiplication was a huge headache at that age, I helped people with tips and tricks to do calculations easily, say for eg., 55*55 = 3025, 105* 105 = 11025 but how many of you can do this in a second?

 2
115 x 115
   575
  115
 115 .
13225

This is how we do it right but I taught a simple way... Any square ending with 5 can be calculated with this technique – 115 * 115 = (11*12 = 132) (5*5 = 25) = 13225, 65*65 = (6*7 = 42) (5*5) = 4225.

How much is 99*99? Is it that tough to calculate? Simple, Consider x=99, (x*(x+1))-x --> (99*(99+1))-99 --> (99*100)-99 --> 9900-99 --> 9801, simple right?

29*29 ? Please apply the formulae, (29*(29+1))-29 --> (29*30)-29 --> (870-29) --> 841. But how to multiply 29*30, Do you think it is difficult, simple, (30*30)-30 --> (900-30) --> 870.. This technique applies to any number ending with 9.. Easy right..?

It make life easy when compared to the traditional method. I learnt and taught many such techniques and approaches for multiplication, division and for solving algebra expressions, which enriched my mind.

Before going to bed my mother used to narrate stories in my mother tongue under the moon, which I visualize and laugh at it, may be visualizing a dream character in that small age may have enriched my brain to dream and write creative stories. Her stories always had an emotional touch to it and whenever I ask her the reason, she said, ‘there is something more than money in life and that’s love’. She always showed me how to stay strong even at our troublesome times and made me learn, ‘Whatever happens in life, stay strong and give your best.

ஈன்ற பொழுதில் பெரிதுவக்கும் தன் மகனை சான்றோன் எனக் கேட்ட தாய்

Translation:
On hearing that her son did an outstanding job, her joy will be boundless and more than the moment, she gifted him to this world.

Days rolled on and I made my parents proud by scoring well in public exams, won many cash awards, and by joining the Engineering College. I did well in my UG too and got into one of the top IT companies of India. I never let go any opportunities that come my way, I gave my best and that is what made me whatever I am today.

Last year when my dad went down to earth with abdominal pain, later confirmed as abdominal carcinoma and to be operated by SUPRA MAJOR OPERATION BY WHIPPLE PROCEDURE. She said, ‘Whatever happens in life, stay strong and give your best.’ She is the true spirit of a woman who fought with so many issues in life to bring up my sister, brother and me as achievers. Salute you Mom!

The write-up may seem to be simple, and you may think what is so special in it. But the 100% real experiences in my life are learnt from my Mom’s words, ‘there is something more than money in life and that’s love’, ‘Whatever happens in life, stay strong and give your best.’ ‘Never let go any opportunities, give your best and show the world that you are the best’.

Whatever I have done till now and whatever I will do hereafter will be because of her! I live for her and more than anyone else in the world, I love her lot. She is a selfless, noble soul, a pure lamp burning through eternity before God’s throne. She is my inspiration, she is my living God, she is my real self, and she is my life. I will never be able to end this write-up even though I write billion words about her, because ‘I am her son’. The post, "my life.. her shadow..." is personally dedicated to my sweet mom, who inspired and taught me what life is with her 100% real experiences.

Thank you Ma! Proud to be your Son!


PS: I as a part of IndiBlogger, ‘The Kissan 100% Real Blogger Contest, have published this post. The contest is to, "Write about the "100% real" experiences you had growing up." I personally thank IndiBlogger and Kissan for hosting this particular contest because I've got a perfect chance to write about my mom. Dear Reader! Be it positive or negative feedback, do leave your footprints..!


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36 comments:

  1. Dear SIS,
    really your mom would be very proud to have a son like you. I can understand that your mom means the world to you , and so does my mother to me!let me narrate my real life incident.... well, we had just recently built a house which we could call our 'own'. After a struggle of 12 yrs my mom and dad were making their 'dream home' that was sufficient to reside all of my family ,so you can understand the importance of the house for us. It so happened that just after 4 days of my parents anniversary hell broke loose and due to a 'high tension' line (as we call it here )that passes just behind our house....we met with a huge short circuit that left our house just a dungeon of black sooth every where with brick walls,and all this happened when we were on the verge of finishing the construction!!!..it was only because of my mom's constant support that we could revive back our 'dream home'!!! moral: my mom means the world not just to me but to my whole family !!!even today however kiddish it may sound I cant sleep before receiving a hug from her!...really proud to be my mum's daughter!


    and yeah! the post was very well written dear! A big smile!!! :D

    yours
    ash

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  2. PS: thanks fore the calculation tip! ....gonna help me a lot! :P :)

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  3. Sarav,
    I'm touched by reading this post.
    I was waiting to read this post,You are mathematic genius?! I need tutions too now :)
    Hats off to your Hardwork,Sarav!
    What can I say about this?I'm speechless.I didnot knew of this until now but I know of the other things You work hard for!
    You really are a self-made man!
    I want to wish you Good Luck from the bottom of my heart,because I know how hard have you tried. :)
    I'm glad to be your Proud friend,moreover to comment first! :)

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  4. Somehow I knew this post was coming soon..actually i so wanted to you to write down. However I know due to time constraints you are not able to put up all...all that U had in mind n ur heart..may b u are still not sure how to describe or even share. I feel this. Sometimes its take more than words to explain certain aspects of life, some tough decision which hv been a turning point of your life.

    I could literary feel the words & emotions behind everything u said and unsaid!!!!

    I'm so proud of You and yes SALUTE to ur mom. No wonder she have brought u up so well, it shows in every gesture of yours. Truly proud of U!!!!
    Lots of Love & Hugs!!
    ~Keep the Spark ALive.
    U r absolutely SOMEONE SPECIAL
    !! Smiles !!

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  5. @ ashzzes

    Ash,

    Smiles..! Every mom is the best.. I agree.. I can understand the important of home for you.. and I'm glad that because of your mom you were able to revive back your dream home.. Great.. Be proud to be a mum's daughter..! Stay Happy! Stay Smiling..! Smiles!

    Someone is Special

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  6. @ ashzzes

    PS: thanks fore the calculation tip! ....gonna help me a lot! :P :)

    I could understand your feel.. SmileS.. Drop me a mail so that I can mail you more tips...

    Someone is Special

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  7. @ Pranali Kadam

    Sarav,
    I'm touched by reading this post.
    I was waiting to read this post,You are mathematic genius?! I need tutions too now :)
    Hats off to your Hardwork,Sarav!
    What can I say about this?I'm speechless.I didnot knew of this until now but I know of the other things You work hard for!
    You really are a self-made man!
    I want to wish you Good Luck from the bottom of my heart,because I know how hard have you tried. :)
    I'm glad to be your Proud friend,moreover to comment first! :)


    Pranu,

    Thanks! I am happy to read your words.. Thanks! What else to say? I'm speechless after reading your comment.. Happy.. Happy and thanks for the good wishes..
    I'm proud and glad to be your friends.. Thanks thanks and SmileS.....

    Someone is Special

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  8. @ Rachana Shakyawar

    Somehow I knew this post was coming soon..actually i so wanted to you to write down. However I know due to time constraints you are not able to put up all...all that U had in mind n ur heart..may b u are still not sure how to describe or even share. I feel this. Sometimes its take more than words to explain certain aspects of life, some tough decision which hv been a turning point of your life.

    I could literary feel the words and emotions behind everything u said and unsaid!!!!

    I'm so proud of You and yes SALUTE to ur mom. No wonder she have brought u up so well, it shows in every gesture of yours. Truly proud of U!!!!
    Lots of Love & Hugs!!
    ~Keep the Spark ALive.
    U r absolutely SOMEONE SPECIAL
    !! Smiles !!


    Rachana,

    thanks a lot Creator.. I was sure you will wait for a post about my mom... Happy, I posted it today.. So much of pressure in office but still I wanted to write because when I write about my mom I feel good though I live miles and miles away from her.. Happy to be her son..

    As you said I am unable to express whatever I want to write, though I write with improper grammar I will have a good flow but in this post I lacked that, 'Perhaps I write few... but some deeper words inside is on my silent write!'

    I will convey your words to my mom.. SmileS...! Hugs to you Creator..!

    SmileS ~ Someone is Special

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  9. Excellent write...SiS...a proud son of proud parents...oh, you have let your heart flow here.. my experience of growing-up can be shared in just few sentences.. after losing my Mom at 20 with an ailing father at 22, who too left when I was 30, had to make a choice between Money and Happiness... I chose happiness.. and that has made all the difference.. as I realised that struggle without compromising on one's values can be so very beautiful... from being a national level sportsman (TT) in Panjab as an inheritor of family business to a Rs.500/- per month trainee in a company in Maharashtra..it was a beautiful inward journey..and that's how I learnt..whatever you may become in life..if you are not happy , you are not successful... Life has come full circle..as again I had to make a similar choice ..a kind of second uprooting.. but then no regrets..one needs to pass through to evolve..SiS.. continue to BE and keep on practicing happiness.God bless you!!!

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  10. truly heartfelt ... all the best for the contest ... :)

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  11. Good luck with the contest SiS. You are really lucky to have such a wonderful Mother.

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  12. wow.. SIS I am sure your parents are proud to have you as their son.. I have met you and I am proud to know you.

    That trick to multiply is simply awesome and so easy
    Thank you so much for sharing all that ..

    all the best for the contest ..

    Bikram's

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  13. Beautiful and so inspiring..
    Cool maths trick !
    I really feel so proud..that I know you :)

    The words from your sweet mom are so powerful..filled me with confidence!
    I'll never forget her sayings.Thank you so much!

    My best wishes to you and your sweet family :)

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  14. @ Ramesh Sood

    Excellent write...SiS...a proud son of proud parents...oh, you have let your heart flow here.. my experience of growing-up can be shared in just few sentences.. after losing my Mom at 20 with an ailing father at 22, who too left when I was 30, had to make a choice between Money and Happiness... I chose happiness.. and that has made all the difference.. as I realised that struggle without compromising on one's values can be so very beautiful... from being a national level sportsman (TT) in Panjab as an inheritor of family business to a Rs.500/- per month trainee in a company in Maharashtra..it was a beautiful inward journey..and that's how I learnt..whatever you may become in life..if you are not happy , you are not successful... Life has come full circle..as again I had to make a similar choice ..a kind of second uprooting.. but then no regrets..one needs to pass through to evolve..SiS.. continue to BE and keep on practicing happiness.God bless you!!!

    Rameshji,

    thanks a lot Rameshji.. Pleasure to read your words. Happy Man..!

    That's sad to know but glad you made your life happy, those struggles are the stepping stones for success.. Glad to know more about you Rameshji.. thanks for sharing with me.. Happy...

    Thank you so much for your blessings.. Pleasure is all mine..

    Someone is Special

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  15. @ Sangeeta Reghu Nair

    truly heartfelt ... all the best for the contest ... :)

    Sangeeta, Welcome to Few Miles!...

    I am thankful to read your heartfelt words and wishes.. Do keep coming..!

    Someone is Special

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  16. @ Cloud Nine

    Good luck with the contest SiS. You are really lucky to have such a wonderful Mother.

    Thank you so much sister.. Glad to see you here after a long time.. Welcome back..!

    She is a wonderful mother, blessed son...!

    Someone is Special

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  17. @ Bikramjit

    wow.. SIS I am sure your parents are proud to have you as their son.. I have met you and I am proud to know you.

    That trick to multiply is simply awesome and so easy
    Thank you so much for sharing all that ..

    all the best for the contest ..

    Bikram's


    Bikram, Welcome back buddy.. Long time no see..

    Sorry was busy with the challenge.. Hoping to visit the regular blog pals from this weekend.. How's things?

    Any plans of coming to London?

    Someone is Special

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  18. @ Simran

    Beautiful and so inspiring..
    Cool maths trick !
    I really feel so proud..that I know you :)

    The words from your sweet mom are so powerful..filled me with confidence!
    I'll never forget her sayings.Thank you so much!

    My best wishes to you and your sweet family :)


    Little One!

    Hope you are doing good..! How's granny... Please convey my regards to her, also show her this post..

    Thank you so much for your sweet words.. Aww.. Thanks! Glad you felt the trick cool... I am also proud to know you little one.. So sweet hearted person..!

    Thanks for the wishes.. It means a lot to me.. Happy Man...

    Someone is Special

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  19. Mother's womb is indeed the best place to live. A beautiful post and thanks for sharing the mathematical fundas...:)

    All the best for the contest!

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  20. @ Saru Singhal

    Mother's womb is indeed the best place to live. A beautiful post and thanks for sharing the mathematical fundas...:)

    All the best for the contest!


    It is the best.. :-) Thank you so much Saru.. Your words mean a lot to me.. Happy Man...

    Someone is Special

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  21. SIS, I have left you a comment on Facebook too. Here I will just repeat that I think this tribute to your Mother and your life is very special and heartfelt. Good luck with the contest and thanks for the math lesson :-)

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  22. Saravana, really so touching story a real experience. No wonder you are successful in every field you are participating. And we all know, the beautiful way, by which you present your work, do everything so honestly may it be your job, or blogging or contests or judging the contest. Everything reflects the special work by Saravana. Now I got the secret...:) Very very beautiful story of your life. Really your family and your mommyji is wonderful...:) Inspiration for all of us. Wish you success in the contest....but more success for the contest is when you participate in the contest.

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  23. @ Ellecee

    SIS, I have left you a comment on Facebook too. Here I will just repeat that I think this tribute to your Mother and your life is very special and heartfelt. Good luck with the contest and thanks for the math lesson :-)

    Thank you so much Ellecee.. So sweet of you.. Happy Man..!

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  24. @ Mohinee

    Saravana, really so touching story a real experience. No wonder you are successful in every field you are participating. And we all know, the beautiful way, by which you present your work, do everything so honestly may it be your job, or blogging or contests or judging the contest. Everything reflects the special work by Saravana. Now I got the secret...:) Very very beautiful story of your life. Really your family and your mommyji is wonderful...:) Inspiration for all of us. Wish you success in the contest....but more success for the contest is when you participate in the contest.

    Mohinee, glad to read your encouraging words after a long time.. Happy Man, and you made me cry with your words.. That's what I long for, that's what I want, those words are precious than materialistic gifts.. Thanks! Thanks!..

    I can cherish this line forever, Wish you success in the contest....but more success for the contest is when you participate in the contest., thanks thanks!

    Someone is Special

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  25. My friend Saravana,
    I see many similarities in our upbringing. I come from a poor family. My dad died when I was in my early teens & it was my mom who was both parents to me. I have seen her suffer in more ways than one to raise us, but in spite of all that she has gone through (I can feel myself tearing up as I try to write this) she has remained humble and gracious and a pillar of strength. Like you, I owe everything I am to the guidance of my mom and I love her more than my own life.

    This post of yours touches me deeply SiS. You are a good son and someone whom your family should indeed be proud of. This life is full of ups and downs, but may it always be good to you. Wishing you all the success you deserve SiS.
    Thanks a lot for sharing.

    BTW, my blog address has changed, so you may need to update your bookmarks.
    Thoughts Of Beauty In The Stillness Of Dawn...

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  26. Mr. Writer ... awesome write up.. loved with all my heart and soul... every mother is great in her won way .. this should be dedicated to every mother .. :)

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  27. @ Andy

    Andy you made my day with your encouraging words.. Thanks.. thanks and thanks...

    Sure I will add in my Google Friends widget..

    Someone is Special

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  28. @ shweta

    Mr. Writer ... awesome write up.. loved with all my heart and soul... every mother is great in her won way .. this should be dedicated to every mother .. :)

    thank you so much Ms. Admirer... Happy to see you here after a long time.. I agree every mother is unique in their own way.. Thanks again for your sweet words..

    Someone is Special

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  29. Wow.. that was quite a post! I sure sure hope ur mom gets to read this!
    And lucky chap you are..
    A life well-lived.. now we know that your mom's bed-time stories are where you learnt your own story-weaving techniques. And her golden words are really like the commandments..
    A nice dedication to a miracle called Mom.
    TC!

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  30. Interesting and touching story of your life. Liked the narrative. One thing I noticed - whenever one talks of real experiences and fondest memories from childhood etc, it is inevitably linked to one's mother. Incidentally both my post for this contest also are memories of time spent with my mother. Best of luck for the contest.

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  31. @ Punam

    Wow.. that was quite a post! I sure sure hope ur mom gets to read this!
    And lucky chap you are..
    A life well-lived.. now we know that your mom's bed-time stories are where you learnt your own story-weaving techniques. And her golden words are really like the commandments..
    A nice dedication to a miracle called Mom.
    TC!


    The pleasure is all mine Punam.. and yeah I'm lucky....

    And thanks thanks thanks for, 'a nice dedication to a miracle called Mom'.. Happy!!!!!!!!

    Someone is Special

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  32. @ The Fool

    Interesting and touching story of your life. Liked the narrative. One thing I noticed - whenever one talks of real experiences and fondest memories from childhood etc, it is inevitably linked to one's mother. Incidentally both my post for this contest also are memories of time spent with my mother. Best of luck for the contest.

    Thank you so much TF.. Pleasure to have you here.. Thanks and yeah when we write about 'Real' it should be about our Mom, Dad or any close relations right... Thanks again!

    Someone is Special

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  33. lovely lines...beautifully crafted words!Your blog is amazing!
    You write well :) And I'm in love with the background and ofcourse post as well :)
    Beautiful soul touching lines n content, very well penned...

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  34. @ sHoNa

    lovely lines...beautifully crafted words!Your blog is amazing!
    You write well :) And I'm in love with the background and ofcourse post as well :)
    Beautiful soul touching lines n content, very well penned...


    Dear ShoNA...

    Glad to see you back after a long time.. Happy.. thanks a lot.. and happy to read your words..

    :-)

    Someone is Special

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  35. That were some cool tricks man...I guess we can be partners for mathematics classes... :P :P
    (although I might have to take some classes from you too... ) :D :D
    nice post... :)

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  36. @ CYNOSURE

    That were some cool tricks man...I guess we can be partners for mathematics classes... :P :P
    (although I might have to take some classes from you too... ) :D :D
    nice post... :)


    Thank you so much Cynosure.. Glad and happy to read your comment.. I wish the same.. What say?

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