A Mother’s Letter

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Dear daughter, let me tell you

So that you can see through my lens too

The story of my life spanning two continents

I’ll share with you my innermost sentiments

I came to this country as a young bride

Apprehensive, with your father by my side

A sheltered existence I had led until then

Never been outside my state- like many women

Going to college on a bus was the only adventure

I had ever been a part of, I had never ventured

Alone beyond my college and my home

The streets were not meant for girls to roam

I learnt about the world in the college library

Ambition was not expected to be in my vocabulary

Though sometimes about travel I did fantasize

I never let improbable dreams cloud my eyes…

**

When marriage to your father was arranged

The remarks I heard from people ranged

From those of jealousy to those of condemnation

At the prospect of setting up home in a different nation

I was excited and afraid in equal measure

I “practiced” an American accent with pleasure

In anticipation of the move to the enchanted land

This was a big adventure for me, you may understand

**

Settling in a small town in the suburbia where

I felt so different that I could not dare

To venture out in my impractical sarees-

Wearing Indian clothes I did cease

This forced array into Western attire

Pushed me on the step to assimilation higher

Then I learnt to drive, a giant step, I would say

Towards freedom that came day by day

In the midst of this I learnt to substitute

New foods that resembled the food of my roots

I missed home terribly, yet I was aware

I had much more freedom, the balance was fair

With no one to tell me how to behave or what to do

I was free to reinvent myself too..

**

Free from societal obligations, with time on my hands

I tried to revive my old passions in this new land

My love for art combined with the need to express

Helped me create some good pieces, I must confess

The longing for home a crucial part did play

In my art- I doubt things would have turned out this way

If I had been at home, I might not have been inspired

I might have been too busy to do what my heart desired

**

I did not reach the place at which I am today

Without trials and tribulations along the way

Now I showcase my work in galleries

Displaying my Indian heritage, wearing sarees…

My daughter, I still consider this freedom to create

Art at my whim, a privilege awarded by fate..

**

I see you know, raised very differently from me

With a plethora of choices, you are completely free

To do what you want- I know you long to be

A violinist par excellence, and I shall see

That you get the best training available here

Yet the one thing I want you to remember, dear

Your strongest feelings translate into the best art

So, today, on your first solo recital, just play from the heart..

**

Remember, if I could achieve success beyond my imagination

You are bound to taste it, with your grit and ambition!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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