My Other Mother

I wrote about my mother and how she influenced my writing in my previous post.

I'd like to dedicate this post to my mother-in-law, Sita Shastri Divakaruni, who also passed away a few years ago. Below is a photo of her at prayer, which is how I remember her most clearly. I don't recollect her ever missing a day of puja. 

 MY MOTHER IN LAW AT A PRAYER CEREMONY

MY MOTHER IN LAW AT A PRAYER CEREMONY

 

My mother-in-law was an amazing woman, an unsung heroine. She lost her husband when her youngest child was four years old. Although she only had a school-level education, she managed to inspire her family of eleven children and hold the family together through love and prayer. Her encouragement inspired all the children to excel and prosper. 

 A FAMILY PHOTO ONE YEAR BEFORE MY FATHER-IN-LAW PASSED AWAY

A FAMILY PHOTO ONE YEAR BEFORE MY FATHER-IN-LAW PASSED AWAY

Unlike the stereotypical mother-in-law of movies and T.V. serials, she was always very affectionate to me and encouraged me to write. In all the books I wrote while she was alive, I jointly thank her and my mother for their support. If my husband and I ever quarreled, my mother-in-law always took my side. How can you not love a woman like that!

 MY MOTHER-IN-LAW WITH MY SON ANAND AND ME

MY MOTHER-IN-LAW WITH MY SON ANAND AND ME

My mother-in-law was very good-natured. As a result, her children and grandchildren often joked with her or teased her. She never lost her patience even at their silliest jokes!  I think my husband Murthy gets his good temper from her. 

 MY HUSBAND MURTHY WITH HIS MOM

MY HUSBAND MURTHY WITH HIS MOM

 

I remember my mother-in-law every day when I sit for my own prayers. I know her blessings are with us always.