on August 01, 2013 / by

As she walked onto the stage I could hear the soft caress of her georgette saree and the tic-tac of her kitten heels. The overhead light caught the diamond on her ring as she greeted the audience with a Jai Jinendra. Amidst all the cheering and the clapping I heard a little girl say, "Mum, that’s my teacher." A man at the far end of the row proudly announced, "That’s my boss". A group of women seemed really emotional who weren't able to hide their tears, and continued clapping. I looked around and felt myself rising above the ordinary in the adulation showered. Just as my husband gently tapped me on my shoulder and pointed to the stage, my MOM began to speak.

Mia By Tanishq Blogging Contest - My Mom My MIA

I had coaxed her to take the audience through her journey, writing a brief for her to follow. She practised the speech numerous times…. "Armed with an MA in the late 70's, I went on to become a teacher to fulfil my aspirations of being a change initiator. Motivated not only by my parents but also my favourite literature professor I excelled in my profession, quickly moving on to become the youngest Vice Principal of the school. Marriage and motherhood added springs to my feet and I moved from strength to strength career-wise. Content with what life had blessed me with I wanted to enjoy motherhood. Thus began my best career phase... full-time mommy and wife. Travelling all over with my husband I developed an interest in handicrafts and started a small business venture. As the venture tasted success, delegating responsibilities on the women I decided to go back to my first love. Volunteering with Teach India I am revisiting my past to shape and initiate change in the lives of underprivileged children. It’s an honour being nominated as the Woman of the Year award by the Mumbai Kutchi Jain association and taking home the trophy for what I love doing." 

That's what we expected her to say. However when she took to the mike all she said was, "The seasons of life offered me varied opportunities which I grabbed with both hands. The weather chose to shine on me through love and I basked in the sunshine of what I love to do. Whether teaching a student a geometric evaluation, my children the values of life, the women who are my business drivers marketing techniques or my house help a particular dish - It’s never been about work. Teaching is my inspiration, to be the best I can be. Thank you for this. It truly belongs to everyone who was willing to learn, for without them I'd be incomplete."

In the thunderous response that followed, I couldn't see clearly. Pearls were clouding my eyes and through those, a diamond shone bright and beautiful. My MOM, my MIA.
~ Heena

*Written as a part of Tanishq’s “As Beautiful As Your Work” Contest for Mia by Tanishq - the new workwear jewellery range.

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  1. My mom is definitely the strongest, most admirable woman in my life, as well, so I guess she's my MIA. :)

  2. Cute post :) While reading this the song mommy mia plays on my mind :)

  3. Wooow, great...lovely post! (:
    My Mom is also as really strong woman!

    GIG love <3

  4. Lovely post ^^

  5. You are so right. Women play a lot of roles in the modern life. There are marriage, motherhood, but at the same time contributing to the society. I hope women will stay empowered and be able to sit side-by-side equal to men :)

  6. You are right in a away :)

  7. Great post. it sounds like you love life and also that you have an interesting one. Teach is very is a priceless gift.Living F.A.B.ulously on Purpose

  8. This is beautiful. My Mom is also my Mia. She worked hard in a position a lot of people don't value, but she took pride in her work.

  9. What an inspiring write! :)
    Maxinne ♥

  10. Inspiring read about a wonderful woman.

  11. What a beautiful post; so inspiring!!

  12. Congratz for winning first prize!!!

  13. Congrats for the first prize. you truly deserve it.

  14. Amazing! Just too good! You truly deserved the 1st prize. Congrats

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    My Answer
    Tata Motors is a brand that makes durable vehicles, with its MADE IN INDIA mark makes every Indian proud. It is a brand seen globally as Trusted, Reliable, Innovative and at the forefront of technology. In its journey since inception it has overcome all odds, competition, and adversities with grit and determination. These same qualities are associated with Lionel Messi who was very talented and hardworking from a very early age. With each game that he played he kept improving his skills and built a career to become one of the best player of professional football. There qualities make both TATA Motors and Lionel Messi giants who perfectly compliment each other and Lionel Messi the right and perfect Ambassador who stands for the same values that TATA Motors does.

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  18. Hi, You have written a beautiful post. A mother is the greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then a mother is that sweet flower of love. A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them. All the best.

    Here is my entry:-

    TATA MOTORS & LIONEL MESSI are two perfect examples of greatness.
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    They are two sides of one coin. Perfect combination for a great success.