This article was written by : Mr. S. Ramakrishnasayee (Principal, DAV-BHEL School, Vellore, TN)
There were times when I wondered how it was possible for her to be as busy as a bee, to think and work round the clock about her children’s and husband’s welfare, to maintain immense patience when things were not working her way in family matters and to fully believe in the dictum that ‘Time is the best healer’.
She was rendered hors de combat for the past five years. But it did not dampen her desire and spirit to ensure that the unity and welfare of the family members were intact and the house was ever maintained spic and span. By sheer designs of fate, I have been forced to live in a bit far off place from her’s. But I made it a point to telephone her once in two or three days and enquired about her well-being. Her intense desire was that I should stay with her for at least 10 days together which, of course, I couldn’t fulfil till her last breath.
She was a staunch devotee of Shirdi Sai Baba. Sai Naam was always on her lips. Her kind words to people around, her helping nature and penchant for ‘Annadhanam’ were really incredible. These qualities in fact endeared her to many of her neighbours and relatives.
On 31st May 2011 around 5.00 PM I telephoned the noble soul to enquire about her health least realising that it would be her last conversation with me. Her incoherent words made me feel nervous and make anxious calls to my brother and sisters about her physical condition. They made frantic efforts to save her life — all in vain. She passed away peacefully at 10.05 P.M.
She is none other than my ever-loveable mother. Death is inescapable and a harsh reality of life. Not without reason is it said “Omnipresent and Omnipotent God cannot be visibly present everywhere. Hence he created Mothers!” These words are a billion times true.
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