Saturday, October 31, 2009

MOTHER

One of the greatest or may be the greatest loss in my life,I believe, was missing the chance to meet Mother Theresa. It was somewhere in 1994. Self and two colleagues decided to visit the Nirmal Shishubhavan run by the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata(then Calcutta). Accordingly an appointment was fixed and we were asked to reach there before 9am so that we could meet the Mother. Unfortunately one of my colleagues got delayed and we could reach there only by 9.10am. To our dismay we were told that Mother had just left for some meeting. After due apologies the sister who greeted us did not forget to remind us that Mother does not wait for anyone. Needless to say that we were all very upset. But we decided to go ahead with visiting the Shishu Bhavan.There were so many children. Infants to kids, orphans, abandoned babies, disabled children and so on and so forth. It was nothing but a heart- rending scene. The entire place was so well kept. The children were so clean. They were well fed. The individual care each one of them got from the Sisters were above words of praise.I wind up in the memory of an infant.They called her Anju. She was all smiles when I went near her. She lifted her feet and started clapping her hands. One of the Sisters handed over to me a feeding bottle with milk. I started feeding her and she appeared so calm. After feeding her I took her into my arms and gave her a soft kiss.Later I was told by the Sister that Anju had already been adopted by a German couple and that she will be leaving for her new home very soon. Whenever I remember Mother I fondly remember that cute face too.

11 comments:

neeraj said...

Your post reminds me the day when I had met Mother Teresa in a church in our vicinity. It was one of the most memorable day of my life!

Heavenly Muse said...

hi
first of all..your post reminds me my mother(late)
and ..now tahnks for your such a superb comment that shows your consideration about written piece of work

Old Monk said...

MIP
Thanks a lot for the compliment which I really value a lot. Through Anju I see so many young faces yearning for love and care.

Old Monk said...

Neeraj
Thanks a lot for visiting my blog and posting a comment. Unfortunately I could not meet the Mother but I realized why the entire world called Her so.

Old Monk said...

Heavenly Muse
Thank you very much. Mother is love,care and patience put in one platter.
My pleasure.

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Whew! To miss meeting The Mother! She remains one of my highest sources of inspiration!

Old Monk said...

Rakesh,
One whew is not enough. Its like whew ...whew..whew..

aria said...

Hmm touching .. but there is no dearth of inspirations .. so you’ll get more chances .. :)

Old Monk said...

Aria
Hopefully!

indianhomemaker said...

That must have been disappointing but then despite missing meeting her, you met her mission and her babies.

I am glad that baby had been adopted.

Old Monk said...

IHM
Welcome back...Yes, thats the solace.