Happy Birthday Mummy

It is my mother’s birthday today. She starts on her 72nd year. She has the kind of spryness that puts me to shame. She lives alone. My father died when I was nine, and she brought me up singlehandedly. I am an only child. My son is an only child. I never felt the need for a sibling, she ensured I was alone but never lonely. Being a single woman raising a child, especially a daughter in the big bad metropolis is tough. I realise that today, that I have grown up, and known the wolves my mother kept me safe from.

Β She singlehandedly bought a flat in Mumbai in an era when loans where not being dispensed out like so much confetti at a parade. Worked at an office, where her daily commute was a four hour one, in packed BEST buses. Ensured I was fed, clothed and educated.

She also cooks the most amazing food. Food, that I am sure, is the tastiest to me because she cooks it. Unfortunately, I havent inherited her cooking skills, or her fortitude, or her patience. All I’ve inherited from her is the widow’s peak on my forehead. And her beliefs.Β  Take each day as it comes. God has his plans. This too will pass. Dont speak ill of anyone. Dont harm anyone.

Happy Birthday Mummy, I’m blessed to be your daughter.

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About Kiran Manral

Author of The Face At The Window, ( 2016), Karmic Kids, All Aboard (2015) , Once Upon A Crush (2014) and The Reluctant Detective (2011).
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32 Responses to Happy Birthday Mummy

  1. Phoenixritu says:

    As a single parent, I can identify. I want to touch her feet and get her blessings. Happy Birthday Kiran’s Mummy

    She would probably jump back in shock…

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  2. Gigi says:

    Lovely words for an awesome inspiring woman!
    Happy Birthday to your mom.

    Thank you.

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  3. sscribbles says:

    hey, happy b’day to your mom. May God grant her good health. love.

    Thank you.

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  4. Neelum says:

    What an inspiration !! Please wish her a happy birthday & a fantastic year ahead…on my behalf

    I will. Thank you.

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  5. Here’s wishing a very happy birthday to your mom, Kiran!
    Thank you.

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  6. Chips says:

    Wishing your mom a very happy birthday. She’s truly inspirational.

    Thank you.

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  7. happy birthday to mom and very nice lessons for life there kiran..thanks

    Thank you.

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  8. btw shouldn it be “i tweeted” instead of “i twitted” πŸ˜‰

    Depends on whether one is a tweet or a twit? πŸ˜‰

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  9. Rani says:

    A very Happy Birthday to ur mom..
    This is a beautiful post. And I bow to your mom for the way she has brought you up.

    πŸ™‚ Thank you.

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  10. Gymnast says:

    Happy Birthday to you mom , and wonderful advices , will think back to them whenever i am lost in life..

    Here’s wishing her a great day and many wonderful years to come..

    Thank you…

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  11. Rupa says:

    Very Happy Birthday to your mom…very inpsiring ….. fell in love with what you wrote here…pass my hug….I hope thats ok πŸ™‚

    Of course it is…thank you.

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  12. anna says:

    beautiful. happy birthday, and long live your mom.

    Thank you anna, how you doing?

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  13. Pallavi says:

    Wish her a very Happy Birthday on my behalf…Commenting for the first time…A really heart-warming post.

    I will. Thank you.

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  14. knitnkanmani says:

    wow u lucky she is everything my mother can never be..happy b’day:)

    Oho. Dont say that. Every mother is unique.

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  15. deepti says:

    happy bday to ur mom…:)

    Thank you…

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  16. Sands says:

    Happy b’day to your mum. She sounds like one amazing woman πŸ™‚

    She is, she truly is.

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  17. CA says:

    A very Happy Birthday to your mom !

    Thank you CA.

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  18. K says:

    Happy birthday to your mom. May god grant her good health.

    I can relate to your post cos I also lost my dad when I was 12.

    Thank you.

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  19. A says:

    Happy Birthday. Very emotional.

    Thank you.

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  20. Childwoman says:

    Mums are amazing, arent they?

    My warm and best wishes to your mum. Wishes, she has a beautiful and long healthy life ahead!!

    Hugs, dear, my wishes that your mom looks over you and watches out for you…

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  21. Aathira says:

    Very inspiring… I think being able to buy a flat in Mumbai at any time is very very awe inspiring.

    Happy Birthday to your mom,and wish her the best of health for many years to come.

    Thank you Aathira…

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  22. Harini says:

    I understand how many challenges she would have faced to raise you alone…She is one brave woman…My very best wishes to her…Hope she leads a lovely life!

    Thanks Harini.

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  23. dipali says:

    All good wishes to a lady whom I truly admire. God bless you, Ma’am.

    Thanks Dips. Coming from a friend I truly admire, this means a lot.

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  24. Orange Jammies says:

    Aww, K! Happy birthday to Nana. You’ve sure as hell done her proud.

    Not that she thinks so, Jammies. According to her, and which she never hesitates repeating, I’ve wasted my life playing good wife.

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  25. Sonia says:

    Happy Birthday to your Mummy Kiran. She sure is an amazing lady, how easy would it have been to wallow in self pity and suffocate your child with obligations and expectations. Truly an amazing woman!!

    True. She’s lovely.

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  26. Homecooked says:

    Wishing your mom a Very Happy Birthday!

    Thank you.

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  27. Veena says:

    A very happy birthday to your mom!

    Thank you

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  28. Happy Birthday Kiran’s mom…hey we have a couple of things in common both brought up by single mom’s and only children at it..!!! Lots of love to ur mom!

    Behennaaaaaa!

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  29. Oh and i have a widow’s peak too (not inherited from the mother though)

    Matching matching….

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  30. Lol @ the behennnaaaa…in true hindi movie bechade hua siblings style …i am singing a song – can u hear it?

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  31. Nova says:

    You have a truly inspirational woman for a mother!! God bless her and may she lead a healthy, lovely life πŸ™‚

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  32. thetaamommy says:

    hi Kiran’s mom :
    Wish you a wonderful birthday. You are a truly inspirational lady and keep Kiran givng good advise as she definitely needs it and has been putting it to much use, all these years πŸ˜‰

    Love
    TAAmy

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