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Sunday, 4 November 2018

NaBloPoMo 2018: Day 4: Mama's Success


Recently, I accompanied my husband and his elderly relative Narayanan Mama on a visit to complete some formality regarding a property issue. Due to some unexpected delays, what should have taken about 2 hours ended up consuming close to 8 hours. For the first time in 17 years of marriage, I had the opportunity to closely observe and interact with Mama about whom I didn’t know much except the snippets I caught from short conversations.


As we traveled through the outskirts of the city, passing through small villages, talk veered around to how different rural life was from city living. Mama was reminiscing about how he had come to Bengaluru (perhaps around 50 years ago) from a small village in Tamil Nadu, started working at BSNL and grown through the ranks, and how life had changed over the years.

In passing, he mused, “After all this time, I sometimes wonder what I have achieved in my life.”

“Why Mama, you have created quite a bit of property, isn’t it?” I joked. Because, after all, isn’t having real estate to your name considered a sign of success in life?

To my pleasant surprise, almost as if he hadn’t heard me, Mama continued to muse. “I’ve helped about 50 girls get educated, and rescued some 30-odd girls from situations of abuse; I’ve prevented a few of them from being forced into child marriage and helped some to get jobs and become financially independent. That’s it, I guess, and it gives me a satisfaction that I have done some small thing to uplift some other people’s lives.”
The naamam shines brightly on Mama's forehead!

I realized then that there is so much that we may not know about a person except for superficial details. During the course of those 8-odd hours, I realized how much time and energy Narayanan Mama was devoting in honorary service to the organization SOCARE IND (Society’s Care for Indigent) that works to help the families (especially children) of lifetime convicts in jails.
Mama told us he is busier now after retirement than he was during his working days. To me, that summed up how successful a person he is!


14 comments:

  1. Absolutely. When he had shared about socare ind, I really did feel proud to have known him.

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    1. Yes, it's good we have such people in our family !

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  2. Though we're growing old, there is so much to learn & do more meaningful things in our lives

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    1. Yes, indeed. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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  3. A very important aspect of one's life ..... A path that can direct for generations to come..... Very inspiring
    Thanks, Madhavi Paranjape

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  4. It's really great madam..some times we met people after a long time it gives us lots of happiness...😊

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  5. Good one. The real property is not the materialistc one but gaining place in some ones heart by means of self less acts.

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    1. So true, Shubha Akka. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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