The Ministry of Women and Child Development on the occasion of Mother’s Day launched a social media contest – ‘#LikeYouDoMaa’, inviting participants to share their stories and habits that they learnt or inherited from their Mothers. #LikeYouDoMaa Contest invited participants to share life stories and experiences remembering the beautiful memories and incidents that they had while growing up, that inspired them and wanted them to be like their Mothers.
Contest entries were invited from May 1-20, 2018, on MyGov platform and Ministry’s mailing address. The jury headed by Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Hon’ble Union Minister for Women and Child Development, and comprising senior Ministry officials selected the following write-up as the winning entry.
Winner: Ms. Anita
My mother, is my hero and my inspiration. She inspires and motivates me to grow without any barriers. It seems to me that this woman looks at life as a challenge and wholeheartedly intends to seize the day every day. My mother looked after me and supported me in every part of my life. Right from childhood she has been with me like my shadow. It had been riddled with hurdles and difficulties, but she has managed to cross them all to because of the amazing and independent person she is. Being physically challenged I am not able to move by myself and because of this I have not been able to do daily routine activities since childhood. At the beginning this was a hardship for my mother, but she was determined to make it work. She not only helped me whenever I needed but she also taught me to help myself. She taught me to keep myself clean and neat, how to eat and how to know how much to eat. She says, “a child does not learn from what parents say but from what parents do”. I have had three operations and various therapies on my spine but none have been successful. I was rejected from schools because of their lack of infrastructure and facilities. I was finally admitted to one school. My mother had to be there with me the whole day, but at the same time she also had to handle our home life. So she started tailoring and working during school hours. That is how she was able to satisfy financial needs in the home. Now I’ve graduated in Business Administration and I’m pursuing a Masters. Whenever I look at my mother I see an ordinary person but when I think about what she does and how she does it she becomes divine and the reason of my smile! The experience of my life so far has truly brought things into perspective. My mother has taught me that hard times can be overcome and that losing battles can be won. She has taught me more than I could have learnt from any book. She sets an inspirational example to me teaching me how to live life and make wise choices, even in the most uncertain situations. I respect her a lot. She is my inspiration, my role model
Congratulations to the winner!!!
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