Ek Aam Din….One Mango day In My Mom’s life

Hurriedly she woke up and ran straight into the “Pooja Ghar” took the flower basket and went outside to collect flowers..   Navratre started and  marked the custom of plucking flowers early morning  to impress Goddess Durga .Everyone wants to collect as many flowers as they could, so people wake up early and pluck flowers from others gardens as well to make sure they have enough flowers   When Mom opened the main door, it was still dark outside,only then she realised that she woke up in the middle of night. She closed the door and came back, placed the basket on the table and checked the clock, it was 4:30 only, tired she sat on the sofa to wait for the sunrise and fell asleep.

A loud and clear knock on the door woke her up from sleep. It was Gudda, my cousin , he  came from his friends home after last night’s group studies. Mom woke up opened the door, murmuring that she got late and probably there won’t be any flowers left. She took the basket and went outside to collect flowers.Meanwhile Gudda was instructed to get ready for school.She came back furious…”how can people be so inhuman, the one who has planted the plant is left with no flowers and these ladies who never dared to even water them took all the flowers”.  She then switched on the water motor to fill the water tank,  watered the kitchen garden  and went to wake dad up. Dad woke up and went to the washroom. Gudda came ready, had breakfast, took the lunchbox and went to school. It was 8 now. She went to clean the “Puja Ghar” . After coming back she made tea for Dad…He started reading newspaper enjoying the cup of tea. She came to my room , told me the time that I should start getting ready otherwise I’ll be late for office. I said 5 minutes more and went back to sleep.

Again she went to the kitchen and made breakfast for us. Also made my lunch and packed it. At 9:30 she came to my room again to check whether I got up or not to find out that I was still asleep. She told me that I was going to be late if I didn’t wake up now.I woke up…shouting at her, “Its 9:30 now and you are saying I’ll get late. I am already late. Can’t you just wake me up at 9:00.” She said nothing and went to complete her chores. She placed towel in the bathroom for Dad , placed  neatly ironed formals on bed , went in the kitchen to make chapatis for cozy, (our pet dog at office). Meanwhile I and dad appeared on the dining table for breakfast. And mom arranged our bags. We went to our respective offices at 10:30. After that Mom did the daily dusting, cleaning, sweeping,washing, took bath, offered prayers to God.

Then she again went into the kitchen , this time to prepare lunch. She finished all her work by 1:30. And sat down to fix the button of dad’s shirt. Gudda came back from school, Mom gave him lunch…after having lunch he went to take a nap. It was already 2:30. She was waiting for dad and was tired as hell, wanted to lie down but then dad haven’t came for lunch yet. After an hour or so dad came. He had lunch and after taking a nap, he went to office. After that she  cleaned kitchen and took a small nap.

I and dad came home at 5, Mom was stitching something. Mom made tea for dad, and told me to come for lunch. I went straight into my room and started doing my stuff. She came to my room with lunch and made me eat. Then I went to watch TV she prepared dinner. She gave me light snacks to eat until we have our dinner. Dad came and after freshing up he had tea again and started watching TV. I went to her and  announced that I won’t be having dinner as I am full. She scolded me for not telling her before as she had already made dinner for me as well.  I said nothing just a plain “sorry” and went to sleep. She said nothing, thinking I am sleeping though she was angry.
Then Dad had dinner while watching TV in the living room making mom walk all the way from kitchen to living room to serve him chapatis. Later around 12 she came to my room and found me awake using mobile. She left saying “Jaggi hai aaja  Prashad le le, vo vrat hai mere ” (If you are up, come take Prashad, I was on fast)

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