April 01, 2007.
It was an ordinary morning until I heard some people whispering in another room. I could barely hear them because I was still sleepy, but I tried to understand. "Wake up," one of them said. "She is not waking up, Bhaiya. Do something," someone else said.
"I think we have lost her," my grandmother announced and I heard cries which instantly made me stand on my toes.
I was eight, I could not understand what was going on but I went to the room from where these noises came, and I was looking for my mother. I couldn't find her anywhere, and that's when I realised they were talking about her.
SHE HAD PASSED AWAY...!
I didn't understand how sensitive the situation was and how my life is going to turn upside down after that incident, but all I could do is cry because people around me were crying.
In the frame: Ritika Rusia and her mother.
I hate sad talks, you named me 'Muskan' for a reason, and that is why I feel no sadness should surround me or people whom I love the most. I lost you, but I have got these bunch of beautiful moms who are going to take care of me the way you did.
Smiling faces: My Bro Guneet Bhatia and her mother.
Every girl in these pictures is me, and every mom is you, Mumma.
If you were here, I'd have so many tantrums and wishes to make. Now that you aren't here; I convey my ardent desires to you via these moms who prepare delicious food for me, who meet me as if I am their Baccha, who hug me with all the love in their eyes and warmth in their hearts.
I know, I can't do all of that with you, but I can do that with them.
Muskan ki chamkaan: Maansi Jaiswal and her mother.
A mother-daughter duo who tag each other in memes, get cute pictures like these, sounds like goals na? I have a live example of that kind of bond. If you were here, we would have shared that thing because I love tagging people in memes.
Twinning in white: Vaishnavi Khandelwal and her mother.
Now that I am employed, I would shop for same outfits that we could wear and make you feel proud of my accomplishments the way Vaishnavi Di (my Admin Head) is doing.
Dolled up for a function: Priya Badjatya and her mother.
You could not contribute to my upbringing, so if I could meet you or if you were here I would definitely ask you if I have become the ideal daughter that you wanted? Priya Di is my colleague, and she comes across as a very sensible person to me. I would ask you if I fall into the category of sensible daughters like her.
Beta shaadi karle, nahi Mummy: Shraddha Jandial and her mother.
My pseudo-mother Shraddha Di (my Editor) has lived away from her mother for quite some time and she often shares her experience with me. I surely miss you, but I have this insane Punjaban friend who takes care of me as if I am her child. She is trying to fill in the blanks that were unfortunately left by you. If you were here, I would ask you whether you have got a pseudo-daughter too?
Selfie lovers: Sakshi Jain and her mother.
Whenever I go out with my friends, they get calls from their moms who literally scream at the top of their voices and ask them to be home on time. Surely, Dad does that for me, but sometimes, I just feel your essence is missing and that things would be different if you could call me and scold me a little.
I miss the mommy scoldings at some point in my life.
Sun-kissed and cute: Avani Khabiya and her mother.
No pillow can be compared to the warmth and comfort that you get after resting your head on Mumma's lap. I wish I could do that with you and cry about silly things that Bhai told me and share the best and worst things that happened to me on that day.
Mommy's pout is better: Spandana Majhi and her mother.
Okay, I never got a chance to know your likes and dislikes but people who knew you better than I do, always tell tales about how you were. They tell me about your likes and dislikes. My bub Spandana Di's Mumma does the same; she would never allow her to cut her long locks or colour them.
I miss this thing, Mumma, I want you to be here and be possessive about what I do with myself.
Is she even a mom: Ruchika Beri and her mother.
My colleague Ruchika might often get compliments that her mother looks like her elder sister. I want people to say the same about us and shower compliments at you.
It need not be your looks, the food that you prepare for get-togethers, the little things that you do as a homemaker and most of all, tolerating a little monster, i.e., 'ME'.
Ready to rock the world: Shruti Shrivastava and her mother.
Shruti Di is my pill.
She treats me like her baby, and she has helped me grow as an individual on the professional front. I often wonder what kind of a mother will I become? I don't think there can be anyone else better than you who can give me all the advice and suggestions. If you were here I'd talk to you about what kind of a mother do you want me to become.
Best vacay with the BEST: Harleen Bhatia and her mother.
Harleen has been lucky enough to enjoy time with her mother; I feel happy to see them posing together.
I wish we could do that TOGETHER and have some 'WE' time. You could get a break from the monotony, and I would simply enjoy all the attention that you gave me.
More than all these things, I wish you were here. The mere thought of your presence makes me smile.
Cover image source: Al Arabia
Thumbnail credits: Guneet Bhatia