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