“Thank God for my mum” these words echo in my head while I’m watching her make my bed… With a newborn in my arms and less than six hour sleep, I am finishing my lunch. A chicken soup loaded with vegetables accompanied with beetroot and kale juice with compliments of Mrs Juric “my mum”.
She has been by my side ever since I have come home from hospital, cleaning, cooking, doing the laundry and grocery shopping. I know how lucky I am to have her by my side and appreciate every single thing she does.
In 2002, the release of Hollywood film My Big Fat Greek Wedding brought to life many stereo types of the typical Greek family – some true, some not so true. What resonated with many “Greek-somethings” from around the globe though, was the portrayal of The Mother.
Greek Mothers are indeed a force to be reckoned with, for their gentle demeanour often fools those not so well versed in #greeklife.
It’s been 40 years since the film Deewar hit the big screens, yet even today, those words are intensely moving and resonate deeply among us. If you’re Indian or South-Asian no less, the profundity of the words may be enough to make you think you’re in the scene with Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan (two major Bollywood powerhouses) themselves!
That’s Bollywood for you. But one thing our film industry has been able to capture uncompromisingly is the role of the Mother. Mothers are revered in South-Asian culture and play a central role in the family (as indeed they do in many cultures around the world). We learn from an early age that everything begins and ends with her. She is our ultimate teacher, protector and source of love there is and ever will be. She is Ma, Amma, Mai, Ammee, Mom.
The word “Mum” is perhaps the softest word in the world, conjuring up warm, fuzzy thoughts of your favourite comfort food, made fresh and delicious, just the way you like it. The word “Tiger”, on the other hand conjures up quite the opposite!
People probably will never understand how these two elements could ever be connected; however, the Chinese have their own opinions.