This post is being written as a part of 'As Beautiful As Your Work' sponsored by Tanishq.
"Come on Ma don't wait for your retirement, just quit and join us", this is the standard line whenever we talk to my mother-in-law. When I read about this concept by Tanishq, As Beautiful As Your Work, the only woman I could think of was her. She is undoubtedly beautiful (as you can see from her picture), but the reason she is as beautiful as her work, is because she works at a publicly held Insurance Company, a place which is full of grievances all the time.
This job has been her bread and butter for years now. She lost her husband when her son (my husband) was just six years old. Close to that the Kashmir Exodus happened, when she had to flee from her home with her son. Thankfully she got placed in the Jammu office. It wasn’t easy to re-start a life, when she had lost her home and her husband. Since then her job has supported her and her son. This is the place where she made new friends and where she learnt to use computers. She put her son through school, engineering and MBA with the help of this job. She built her own house with this job. Contrary to the popular belief that government employees survive on bribe, she never had to do this to sustain her family. Her job then was a necessity for her, but today it is more of an enjoyment.
I have seen some foolish people say to her 'Oh come on take a holiday, you are not the PM', to which she just smiles. But that's the thing, she is not the PM and hence she has no cabinet of ministers to help her. My Ma is a Single Woman Cabinet, totally approachable and always has an answer to everyone's problems. She recently changed her office and her previous office colleagues and boss really had a hard time relieving her. Her new boss had to put in some special efforts so that she could join his office immediately. It was a like a tug of war between two offices for her. While she was amused at all that, we as her kids were very proud. Obviously, who doesn't want to have the best employee in their office, right? We all know how government offices function and what amenities they have. So it’s not like she has an AC cabin or a great canteen, for that matter even the cup of tea they get comes from a local chai wala. But the enthusiasm she shows to go to work in the morning, feels like she is going to a fun fare. ‘Why do you have to go to office everyday Ma?’ I often crib, ‘There are lot of people waiting for me there’ is her usual answer.
You are in every aspect my Mia woman Ma.. Intricate but Strong, Modern yet Traditional, Delicate yet Confident ♥♥
|Psst Psst: pictures secretly clicked but used with her permission :P|
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