Jun 222017
 

So let us go to the images for Mothers Day that I clicked during my travels

As the maze of lanes got narrower the smiles greeting us got wider. Grinning with the last few teeth left in her mouth, lovingly looking at the grandkid who is yet to develop any teeth this grandmother was clicked in a candid moment as we were walking in the narrow lanes of Kote Gede old town in Yogyakarta. - - - We have a saying in India, "Asal say sood jyada pyara hota hai", meaning " One likes interest more than the principal " but for all practical purpose, this saying is used for the love grandparents shower on their grandkids. - - - So I see no harm in sharing this image of a Grandmom lovingly holding the grandkid in an arm sling, so what if this series is about #mothersday, remember ? Kyokee Dadee bhee to kabhee maan thee ? > क्योंकि दादी भी तो कभी माँ थी 🙂 - - - So there are  2 pictures from the #TripOfWonders #Indonesia clicked in Kote Geda, the old town in Yogyakarta that I am sharing today. The first one you see is of the doting grandmom and the second one is of a mother lovingly looking at her baby as the curious kiddo looks into the camera, clearly enjoying the attention he was getting from me and other photographers 🙂 =========================== =========================== =========================== =========================== PS: How about joining hands for this celebrations about mothers? Tag & use #desiTraveler in any pictures of mother and kid/s and I will share the best ones here and on my blog desiTraveler? You can also use #MerePassMaanHai ( मेरे पास माँ है )

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This must be my favorite picture in the #MothersDay series for I have kept it for the last. At less than 8 feet their little room had no place for visitors, so we all sat on the stairs outside to talk to them. She was busy making yarn (notice the stick on the ground and the yarn in the background), for the colorful scarves /shawls you see in the background. Each of these vibrant pieces of cloth is a labor of love and can take up to a week to make and months to sell for less than 500 Rs. But these Naga women don’t have a moment to spare, from collecting water, firewood, tending plants, managing kitchen, sending kids to school when they finally get time to sit back and relax it is time to do some weaving. Every single home that we were invited in Khonoma we found women working on looms making shawls etc. I got lucky with this picture as the baby got up listening to all the noise and looked towards me as his mother got a moment of rest from working on the shawl. I think the biggest sham ever created was this concept of #SAHM or stay at home mother. Trust me there is no stay at home mothers only: " Working every single moment mothers" Wishing you all a very #HappyMothersDay 🙂 - - - PS: How about joining hands for this series about mothers day? Tag & use #desiTraveler in any pictures of mother and kid/s and I will share the best ones here and on my blog desiTraveler? You can also use #MerePassMaanHai or मेरे पास माँ है

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When you are the only child in a nuclear family your mother is your closest friend. I have known Ananya since she was a kid and the first memory is of her coming to our home and spending most of the time trying to hide behind her mother and father then she just stood in the balcony and watched outside not interested in anything boring we grownups were discussing. Now she is all grown up and may move to another city or even country for higher studies. So for this #mothersday series when I asked her to share something about her mother she went into deep thoughts and later got back to me with this "I think I will miss the homely touch in almost every activity there at the hostel. But, more importantly, being from a Baniya family I will miss my Mom's food which she cooks out of love, the way she asks me to have more chappatis, her alarm for breakfast, lunch and dinner (nobody cares that much in the hostel), our little chit chats after my college. I will miss everything about her." No wonder mother and daughter love chatting and when I asked her to pick her favorite picture from the ones I clicked she chose this one where the two are happily chatting sitting next to each other. By the way, her mother is not the only one who makes great food, her dad, and my friend Pankaj G ( search for him on #desiTraveler blog ) makes one of the best Kadhi I have ever had. And guess what who has taught cooking to Pankaj G ? His mother who else? You may want to check for Nagori and Halwa on the blog 🙂 ========================= PS: How about joining hands for this celebrations about mothers? Tag & use #desiTraveler in any pictures of mother and kid/s and I will share the best ones here and on my blog desiTraveler? You can also use #MerePassMaanHai ( मेरे पास माँ है )

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There is not a single twig to provide shade to the kids playing in the salt close to where their mother works in collecting and transporting salt to the waiting railway wagon. Most of these tribal women don't even wear slippers as they don't last long in the salt. Blazing Sun above and hot salt below that is the harsh reality of salt pans of Sambhar Lake in Rajasthan. We all talk about working moms, but then we mean moms that go to the office ( mostly ). But then in this series on #mothersday let me also share stories of working moms who have the most back breaking job in the world. The kids play around in the salt with elder sibling taking care of them. When a younger one gets hungry the elder brother brings him to mom for a quick feed and then takes him back. (2nd pic ) With sunset, (pic 5 ) the shift ends and the workers walk to their homes in villages nearby. These working mothers have my respect for they are breaking their back in the hope that their children may have a fighting chance to survive. Just another day in life of a working mother in #IncredibleIndia ========================= PS: How about joining hands for this celebrations about mothers? Tag & use #desiTraveler in any pictures of mother and kid/s and I will share the best ones here and on my blog desiTraveler? You can also use #MerePassMaanHai ( मेरे पास माँ है )

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In today's post in #MothersDay series let us meet “ Maa “ as her son introduced me to her. In a way "Maa" is responsible for this series, to begin with.⠀ ⠀ Each step she took on the ghats of Benaras was a humungous effort on her frail body. Unfazed by the passing world and time around her, she took her holy dip in " Ganga Maiya" at her own pace and at peace with herself. “ Maa “then settled on a chair soaking in the October sun as her son negotiated with a Panda about the cost of some rituals they have come to perform to Kashi.⠀ ⠀ Soon her son and I are talking. “ Maa is more than 85, though I am not sure of her exact age, she wanted to come to Kashi, it is not easy to come here from West Bengal. But we somehow managed. It is not every day we can come to Kashi ( #Varanasi ), but Maa was really keen for this so here we are. ⠀ I must admire Ghosh Babu and his mother for taking this journey to Varanasi from mofussil West Bengal for a holy dip in the Ganges. I have always believed that pilgrims are the original travelers and they travel not because they have to write a travel blog or create an Instagram story but because travel is ingrained in their culture/ rituals/ and genes.⠀ The pride on “ Maa’s” face as her proud son narrated the story to me was to be seen. ⠀ ===========================⠀ PS: How about joining hands for this celebrations about mothers? Tag & use #desiTraveler in any pictures of mother and kid/s and I will share the best ones here and on my blog desi Traveler? You can also use #MerePassMaanHai ( मेरे पास माँ है )

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Where do you take your kid for some fresh air in a city that is growing in every direction with hardly space to walk leave aside breathe? Kohima in #Nagaland is like any other hill station in India growing in every direction as if there is no tomorrow. In today's picture in #mothersday series let me share an image of this young Naga mother who was enjoying the evening sun with her husband, as her toddler enjoyed some fresh air and perfectly manicured grass around him. When the family was getting ready to leave the mom tied the toddler behind her back in a traditional Naga sling that the mothers use to carry kids to fields and forests on their daily chores. This young mother may not be working in fields, but she still proudly carries some of the Naga traditions in her everyday life. As I requested her for a picture a curious smile brightened her face and the shy evening sun unable to match the sparkle in her eyes hid behind the trees. The inquisitive kiddo too tried to peek from behind the mom's shoulders to find out what is happening & more than the picture my day was made. I must say Nagas are one of the most #beautifulpeople in this world. A mother has many roles to play, being the custodian of the traditions & playing an active role in passing the collective wisdom of her people to the next generation is only one of them. Now if you have not forgotten let me tell you that I clicked this image in #KohimaWarCemetery one of the few open spaces in the city, where visitors like me come to click pictures and locals like this young Naga family come to relax and get some fresh air. Just another day in the life of #IncredibleIndia !!! =========================== PS: How about joining hands for this celebrations about mothers? Tag & use #desiTraveler in any pictures of mother and kid/s and I will share the best ones here and on my blog desiTraveler? You can also use #MerePassMaanHai ( मेरे पास माँ है )

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  8 Responses to “My Pictures From Mothers Day Stories-Mere Paas Maa Hai”

Comments (8)
  1. Loved the series on Instagram!

  2. wonderful collection 🙂

  3. You have captured the unique bond between a mother and daughter beautifully.

  4. This picture is worth a zillion words 🙂 Simply WOW!

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