Hi Friends Namaste. 15 August happens to be my mother’s hundred and third birthday. She was better known as ‘Ammaji.’
A few lines I wrote in her honour in my book titled, ‘Rhythm … in poems’ follows:
Moms are special. They are never too old for their children. They continue to bless. Even more special, are their memories, when they are gone that keeps rocking their children all their lives.
Years don’t distort, Time doesn’t warp, Lifetime doesn’t blot, As mother’s priceless memory, Always remains atop.
Even when I know you’re not there, Yet, there is always something, That keeps telling me, You’re somewhere here and somewhere there, For my life and for my care. So I still feel she’s somewhere around me.
On this occasion friends let me introduce a book that she had written long back. Say somewhere around 1960s titled, Nari aur Samaj.’ (Women and Society). I had read it long time back, and, as it always happens, with time, this priceless book, disappeared somewhere. But I was fortunate to get one copy from my brother Ajit who stays in Guwahati. I have converted the book into a small video clip that you’re about to see. In between the pages you would have Ajit, Shakuntala, Sujata and Suniti giving their comments. I hope you enjoy our effort.
Ammaji was not a highly educated person as many in our family which she admits in her book yet she was the first author, of a book, in the family, and a voracious reader, and quite expert on mythology. She also wrote many articles that were published in many newspaper around sixties. She also had a good understanding of all-time great authors and has quoted some like Shakespeare, Sir Thomas Roe, Munshi Prem Chand and others in the title book, and what they thought about women.
And that apart, she was the one who taught me that one can achieve what one wants even without a qualification. Hosle buland Rakho. Thanks Ammaji for everything that you did for us in life.
By Kamlesh Tripathi
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GLOOM BEHIND THE SMILE
(The book is about a young cancer patient. Now archived in 7 prestigious libraries of the US, including, Harvard University and Library of Congress. It can also be accessed in MIT through Worldcat.org. Besides, it is also available for reading in Libraries and archives of Canada and Cancer Aid and Research Foundation Mumbai)
ONE TO TANGO … RIA’S ODYSSEY
(Is a book on ‘singlehood’ about a Delhi girl now archived in Connemara Library, Chennai and Delhi Public Library, GOI, Ministry of Culture, Delhi)
AADAB LUCKNOW … FOND MEMORIES
(Is a fiction written around the great city of Nawabs—Lucknow. It describes Lucknow in great detail and also talks about its Hindu-Muslim amity. That happens to be the undying characteristics of Lucknow. The book was launched in Lucknow International Literary Festival of 2014. It is included for reading in Askews and Holts Library Services, Lancashire, U.K.)
REFRACTIONS … FROM THE PRISM OF GOD
(Co-published by Cankids–Kidscan, a pan India NGO and Shravan Charity Mission, that works for Child cancer in India. The book is endorsed by Ms Preetha Reddy, MD Apollo Hospitals Group. It was launched in Lucknow International Literary Festival 2016)
TYPICAL TALE OF AN INDIAN SALESMAN
(Is a story of an Indian salesman who is, humbly qualified. Yet he fights his ways through unceasing uncertainties to reach the top. A good read not only for salesmen. The book was launched on 10th February, 2018 in Gorakhpur Lit-Fest. Now available in Amazon, Flipkart and Onlinegatha)
RHYTHM … in poems
(Published in January 2019. The book contains 50 poems. The poems describe our day to day life. The book is available in Amazon, Flipkart and Onlinegatha)
(Published in February 2020. The book is a collection of eight short stories. It is available in Amazon, Flipkart and Notion Press)
Short stories and Articles published in Bhavan’s Journal: Reality and Perception 15.10.19; Sending the Wrong Message 31.5.20; Eagle versus Scholars June 15 & 20 2020; Indica 15.8.20
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