To my mom…

Your hands shake a bit, but they are as steady as a rock when they smooth my hair down as I sleep.

Your voice is thinner now, but the most soothing sound I could ever hear.

Your eyes are rheumy but look at me with such total love and devotion, I can pick myself and walk on again with the strength you give me.

You make me feel hopeful just by being there with your calm, comforting presence.

I wish I could put my head down in your lap and cry my eyes out. But I dare not do that. I dare not scare you. You are too old, too fragile.

You make me realise I have to be as strong for my child, as you have been for me.

I cant let either of you down.


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published eight books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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21 Responses to To my mom…

  1. Ronak says:

    Very touching post… we keep changing roles in life.. and never realize how fast time passes by…


  2. Michele says:

    Not sure what is up, but your last few posts have been sad. I hope you are doing OK, sending love and thoughts and prayers your way.

    Take care of yourself.



  3. Suki says:

    This post absolutely breaks my heart… take care, Kiran.


  4. Sands says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Had to delurk to say that 🙂


  5. D says:

    That’s so true Kiran… and so sad!


  6. V says:

    K,Hope things turn around for you soon!!Hugs!


  7. Chanda says:

    Hi Kiran,

    Dont know what is bothering you,but whatever it may be I hope things work out soon. I am sure they will. Hang in there!

    Love and hugs.


  8. Shobana says:

    Beautiful Kiran! Mothers are an amazing breed…us included.


  9. Solilo says:

    Looks like something is bothering you, Kiran. Hope you feel better soon. Yes! there are times when I just want to run to my mom and share things with her and feel lighter but then think why to scare them too.


  10. Gigi says:

    It is our turn to be as capable and strong as our mothers…I know you will continue her legacy of love and caring. Peace.


  11. Cee Kay says:

    Hugs dear. Tight hugs.


  12. Subhashree says:

    What’s bothering you, Lady K? Lots of hugs. Take care


  13. monikamanchanda says:

    that was so lovely and touching, when i read I just went to mom and gave her one tight hug


  14. Sue says:

    You’ll do it, milady, if anybody can you will. Hang in there. love,


  15. JLT says:

    awwww… K, I know the feeling. Hugs, K, and hope the clouds clear soon. Sending up a prayer for you and K and K. Take care.


  16. dipali says:

    Absolutely, K, absolutely.


  17. anna says:

    be strong. hold on. for whatever it is worth we are rooting for you. they do say the darkest hour is before dawn.


  18. Kiran Manral says:

    @all: Thanks. At moms now for a couple of days and just getting totally pampered.


  19. Sonia says:

    Wow – so touching!!


  20. Abha says:

    beyootiful post Kiran!

    you know when MY mom called me alst year to wish me Happy Mother’s Day i was l’il dazed! i ahdnt even realised! 🙂



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