Meet My Mother


Her sindoor clad head, her gold bangles-

Her Sankhya,Pola,Noya ,her Bata sandals-

Her Tanth saree, her cotton blouse,

Her half-hearted bun, her simple spouse-

her marriage bed, her marriage album,

Her marriage almirah, her Ponds’ Talcum-

Her dressing table, her ladies’ watch,

Her puja time, her call for lunch-

Her kitchen room, her cooking tools,

Her ‘Payesh’, ‘Sukto’, ‘Posto’, her’ Macher jhol’-

Her’ Baperbari’, her ‘Sosurbari’,

Her soft corner for her ‘Baperbari’-

Her two children, her study rules,

Its her house, hence her rules-

Her soft touch, her winning smile,

Meet my mother through my eyes.


1.Sankhya, Pola, Noya – Bangles, symbols of a married Bengali woman.

2.Payesh, Sukto, Posto, Macher jhol- Bengali delicacies.

3.Baperbari- Father’s house.

4.Sosurbari- Husband’s family.


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Written by Indrani Chowdhury

Indrani Chowdhury was born and raised in the north-east city of India, at Guwahati in Assam. She did her post graduation in English literature and had worked as a teacher for some years. Her friends describes her as a simple, hard working girl. She is settled at Bangalore after her marriage and is a mother of a one and a half years old.The world of books have always intrigued her and she has a knack for writing. Besides this, she likes travelling, cooking for her family and friends and meeting interesting people.

Not A Fairytale

December in India