'Eendra polithin peridhuvakum thanmahanai Saandroon enakketta thai'


"The mother who hears her son called "a wise man" will rejoice more than she did at his birth."


Well, as this happens to be my first ever blog post, something instigated me to write something about the person who brought me into this world. Most of you would not even know her if I won't tell you about her. But her story needs to be told. I would rather put this way, her struggle needs to be told. Yes, she was a struggler, a struggler who has struggled till this moment and still struggling.


She was the second of the three daughters born to Dr. Muthu Koya and Saliha Beevi. Her dad was a freedom fighter and a doctor in a very ordinary village in very remote India. She was three, when her dad kicked the bucket and her mom had nothing left except her three daughters, a house, a small hut and some 100 coconut trees. Just imagine, how much her mom would have suffered to grow up the three daughters. She had to make do on less income(from leasing the coconut trees and renting the other small hut), and thus somehow trying to make the ends meet. The entire credit goes to her mom who made her and the other daughters study even in the state of acute pain. Now coming back to her. Her village had only primary school after which one needed to go to nearby town for study. She left her family, stayed up in hostel, strived hard and finally achieved what she wanted. Yes. She was the topper of the school and her mom fostered her education by sending her to the college. I am floored when I think about this. People even now, in towns make a girl marry when she attains her puberty and gosh imagine some 35 years back and that too in a remote village, where an illiterate mother sends her daughter for higher studies. It startles me everytime.

She got a seat in a medical college but was forced to join science just because of her family's financial status. She completed her bachelors in maths, never gave up and did her masters in the same stream. She was able to secure a job of a lecturer in a govt. arts college and life became a little steady. She was the sole source of income for the family until her younger sister went to work. It was the most toughest task for her mom to make her three daughters get married. Again she was the last one to get married and this new guy, her hubby, was also a lecturer but from commerce stream. They were happily married and she gave birth to a prince and a princess. She tried everything possible to make her children well educated and self-dependant.

She started her doctorate studies in computational mathematics in 2000 and I must mention her struggles here. Well, I am just 22 and I find it extremely intractable to travel to my office which is just 14 kms away but she travelled all the way from my native to chennai which is almost 120kms by train and would return back home on the same day, three or four days a week to do her research. This is just one of her endeavors and I have no words to describe her effort to complete her research. It was 12th august 2008, when she was acclaimed the most prestigious Doctorate degree by the Madras University and I saw the pride, the joy, the feeling of accomplishment of her life's ambition in her face, holding the degree but it was filled with humility.

She beavered away for eight long years for this doctorate, she beavered away her entire life and now the whole world knows her as Dr. Humrosia Begum, my mother and my friend. I'm fortunate that I was born to someone like you mom. You are simply the best. You are the most humble and straightforward person I have ever met and I am very proud to say that you are my 'mother' and my everything. You might not be an important person to anybody else but your character and your life will always remain my guiding spirit.

குறிப்பு :- என் தாயை பற்றி என் தாய் மொழியில் கூற இயலாவில்லையே என்ற வருத்தம் என் மனதில் இருந்து கொண்டே தான் இருக்கிறது.

Comments are welcome. :)

27 comments:

Rasi said...

Beautiful and Heartfelt!! The Best sooo far..Nearly brought Tears to my eyes!!

Jegathiesh said...

You have occupied the hearts in the title itself. Simply awesome.

Riyas said...

No words to tell my comments. Simply Superb da.

Fahad Mohammed said...

@ all

thanks for your valuable comments... this will surely help me to improve my skills in writing.. thank you all..

Fahad Mohammed said...

comments from nithi

first enala namba mudiyala really ...neeya pesiyathu nu....the title content and the finishing touch...oru periya eluthalar range ku iruku...

Raja said...

Kalakal mama...well, intha kaalthula ippadi oru payyana?????[:P]
he he he, kidding machi, great work..Ur mom should be proud of u, udane, its not ma mom, its me feeling proud of her, athu ithunu bit ootadha da...[:D]

deepika said...

superb writing...am speechless...your mom is great n her greatest achievement is not PH.D but ur writing abt her....great work..

Fahad Mohammed said...

@ raja

enna mama ippadi sollitta.. enna thaan irunthaalum un rangeku bittu poda mudiyuma sollu

@ deepika

thanks... these words from you guys keep motivating me to write more and more.. thanks yaar..

Mohamed said...

im really proud u da...

Hazeena said...

En thambiya idhu.............
Really proud of you my dear brother...great...show this to your mom da....She will be very happy da...

Fahad Mohammed said...

@ hazeena

not yet ka... I have got something to write abt my dad.. once i post that, will ask both of them to read the posts.. eppadi idea.. he he..

naveen said...

machi neeya ithu? proud of you machi feel vey good to be your friend macha
superb machi..............expecting abt ur dad soon

Rajesh said...

A magnum opus... great work... go on ...i suggest u should also get one of those PhD s .

Fahad Mohammed said...

@ naveen

thank you machi... well its out already...

@ rajesh

I am not rajesh.. simple.. so I cant do phd.. he he

JSTHEONE said...

machan kalakal da... hats off da...

abis. said...

dude... am struck by the affection you have on your mom... i know you would def give her the happiness thiruvalluvar tells... and as a matter of fact my Mom has a similar story which you have reminded me again... thanks for tat!

suraj said...

good one

Bhargavi said...

Nice post Fahad! :)
Congrats to your mom for her doctorate degree! U sure are a proud son..
Prince n Princess.. :o ne prince eh? :P
Why can't you write the full post in tamil? But good that you din't.. it would have taken ages for me to read it.. :D

Its an awesome post..! :)
Keep Writing..

Fahad Mohammed said...

@js

thank you da mama... nammalukku kulla ithellam sagacham thaane..

@abis

wow.. tats gr8 to hear da... simply cool... congrats to your mom too..

@bhargavi

yep... enakkum aasai thaan tamilla eluthanumnu... but padikka maataanga... he he.. yep.. I am the prince.. ellam oru bittu thaan..

sadaf said...

ur blog was very nice and was very touchy too...well they will be so happy when they read this....

firthousia said...

i dnt know how to express my .... i thnk tat ur a joylly,and care free person .bt nw only i know ur somthng great. defnty show this to uncle and aunt. aunt whn read ur message thy defnty cry .

atlast u also make me to cry ............

ishika said...

no one can say much more ere...coz eres nthing to say...nthing to write dwn in comments...ths blog simply telling one wrd 2 evry1...MOM U R GREAT...I LOVE U MOM...

Fahad Mohammed said...

So does everyone.. ;)

mahe said...

WRITE IN TAMIL MAN ....IF YOU have had a thought to write in tamil then you should have done it...Now write everything in TAMIL below the English quotes...

ALL the Very best...

Fahad Mohammed said...

@ mahe

Yea.. Thanks for your comment.. will post one soon.. :)

SANKAR SALVADY said...

I cried reading this , enuf said :)

As a sidenote, this would have been perfect if written in Tamil. Isn't mother tongue the best language to write abt mother ?

Nandhitha Preethika said...

Everything is said already...nothing new from my side.. bt definitely ur mom is great! nt forget ur grandma! without her u couldnt hav got dis great ma.. u r definitely a proud son!

On ur writing.. its cool..:-) keep it up.. didnt look like ur first post :-):-)


-Nandhitha cheers \m/

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