Wednesday, May 20, 2015

My First Expert-Motivator


" Congratulations Sujata, you are the winner of Jeffrey Archer contest. You will be meeting Sir Jeffrey Archer in person at Trident, Mumbai and you will receive an autographed copy of 'Only Time Will Tell' as a prize from EBay." 

This is just a tip of an iceberg and a chip off the old block - mother's version about my winnings. Since time immortal my mother kept on reciting to me stories of Mahabharata, Ramayana as well as Dadayana. Dadayana means my father-Dada's glorious achievements as a student / social activist / inspector / publisher / editor / founder and philanthropist. My mother, my first Expert in motivation, inspired me to be a Winner

"Like Father, Like Daughter" , mother used to remind me whenever I was depressed from a setback. She used to bring me back on the right track, if and when I suffered a failure. Her reasoning to move on and forget the fall is : this is a trifle, you must aim higher as per your standard. 

I was in 5th standard and already addicted to tea. All uncles and aunts in our huge joint family kept on guzzling cups of tea throughout the day. I loved to have my share of caffeine with all of them. My mother tried to get me off tea but in vain. 

One day, I returned home with an exciting news from school. Our teacher Ms. Joshi had given us a glimpse of a glossy, superbly illustrated, fluorescent-covered, 'The Kingdom of Fantasy' story book and promised it as a prize to the First-ranker. I was totally charmed by that magnificent story-book. I wanted to read and share it with my sisters and friends. 


At the night, when I snuggled up to mother and wished to have that treasure of a book. My mother said, "Sure, you will have it cause you want it with all your heart". You are a very intelligent girl so to achieve the 1st rank is easy. You have to eat lots of fruits, fish and drink milk instead of tea. Your body and brain both will be strong and super-active with protein-rich diet. Just imagine, within a month you will be reading 'The Kingdom of Fantasy' and admiring the marvelous pictures from that prize-book." 

Wishing for a story book is fine, OK, but replacing that nectar of a caffeine-rich, sweet, cardamom-flavored Tea with insipid, white milk was a whole new ballgame. Next morning, my mother made me drink milk by adding BournVita. I gulped that awful drink with tightly shut eyes and pinched nose. 

Since then, I ate apples, drank Bournvita-milk, studied a lot and played little less for winning my 'Kingdom of Fantasy'. My uncles and aunt chipped in by teaching me maths, which was the hardest hurdle in getting the 1st rank. I hated maths so I did not like to study it and got less marks resulting I hated it even more. This vicious circle separated me from the 1st rank. 

Guess what ?. Did I get the 1st rank ?. I am extremely sorry to disappoint you, my dear readers. I did not get the 1st rank. The good news is, I still received 'The Kingdom of Fantasy'. How ?. My mother's promise is sacred it could not be broken, so my father fulfilled it on her behalf. My father had observed me eating healthy, studying hard and struggling with Maths. Father gifted me 'The Kingdom of Fantasy' with a promise from me to gain the 1st Rank in 6th standard. My mother's, my motivator's prophecy did come true, 'When you really desire something with all your heart, the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it'


This post is a part of a contest with Godrej Expert  and IndiBlogger
                                   
                                     http://godrejexpert.com/single_used_pack.php 



36 comments:

Shweta Dave said...

That's a superb story Sujata and many congratulations receiving a signed copy from Sir Jeffery Archer is a huge achievement.

SUJATA TAWDE said...

Dear Shweta , Thanks for your wishes. I will always cherish that moment of meeting Sir Jeffrey Archer and receiving an autographed copy.

Maniparna Sengupta Majumder said...

A great story Sujata..:-) Your mom is a wonderful person and she has raised you with all her goodness :-)

SUJATA TAWDE said...

Thanks Maniparna. My mom is the most wonderful person and I am sure your Mom is in the same Supreme-League .

Bhavani Nandan said...

Wow..... Nice read!!! Congratulations for receiving a signed copy from Jeffery Archer!

Prabal Kirtika said...

Congratulations

SUJATA TAWDE said...

Thanks Bhavani for the appreciation. It was a dream come true ,to meet Sir Jeffrey Archer.

SUJATA TAWDE said...

Thanks Prabal for the Wishes.

Shaivi said...

Congrats on the prestigious award! And yes, moms r so amazing!

SUJATA TAWDE said...

Thanks Shaivi. Absolutely, the opportunity to meet legendary Sir Jeffrey Archer was the most prestigious award in itself.
Let's cheer for all the moms.

Tomichan Matheikal said...

Let me share your joy, Sujata. Congrats.

SUJATA TAWDE said...

Good Morning. You are most welcome to share my joy of Victory. Thanks for your wishes

Aunt Mary said...

Congratulations, That is really a very big achievement , I am happy for you .
Mothers are great :)

SUJATA TAWDE said...

Aunt Mary , Thanks a lot for your wishes. Exactly , Mothers are Always ...Great .. all over the Universe .

Vibhuti Bhandarkar said...

Thankyou for voting for my post Sujata, at Indiblogger.
Also I am happy to have discovered a great blogger in turn.
Very inspiring post and I feel this makes a great entry for BA's activity.
ATB and hoping to see your comment/criticism at my posts too..
Regards,
Vibz B

SUJATA TAWDE said...

Dear Vibhuti ,
Just wanted to check out one of your blog-post and Guess what ? Got so enchanted with the very first post , that I lost the sense of time and continued reading till I reached the 10th post. You are a very rich, artistic WordSmith. Would love to meet you at the BloggersMeet soon.

Usha Sri V said...

Congratulations and keep doing the good work and inspire us. :)
Cheers n tc.
Usha

Abhijit Ray said...

Great anecdotes from real life. Mothers are great motivators. Alas! We ignore them as trite.

Alok singhal said...

That's a great story of your mother being around to help you achieve what you have. Congratulations for your achievements!

SUJATA TAWDE said...

Thanks Usha. I will always do my best , with your warm wishes.
Cheers to all of us Daughters and Sons for having Super-Mothers.

SUJATA TAWDE said...

Yes Abhijit, I do love to share my real life experiences as they are so entertaining. Mothers are Great Motivators and best confidantes .

SUJATA TAWDE said...

Hi Alok , I am glad that you liked my story. My mother was and will always be the equal partner in my Good Karma .

Rajeev Moothedath said...

"When you really desire something with all your heart, the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it''- This is the message in the book THe Secret based on the Law of attraction.Your mother knew it long ago...

SUJATA TAWDE said...

Right Rajeev. My mother knows so many things ... She is the First & the Last Expert in numerous fields.

Hema said...

Hi Sujata,

Thanks for promoting my post on Indiblogger. I'm ever grateful for all your encouraging people! And is that Jeffrey Archer? I am such a fan!!! Congratulations. And yes, mothers are the best. We're nothing without them. Now that I'm a new mom myself, I realize all the more how right she was about everything.

Best,
Hema

SUJATA TAWDE said...

You are most welcome , Hema. Yes , Sir Jeffrey Archer in person at Trident ( Oberoi Hotel ) Mumbai. He said his inspiration is none other than our God ... Sachin Tendulkar. WE were so much surprised to hear that. Mothers ... we can keep on writing about them ... ans still there will be so much left to be expressed ...

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

WOW! Great!!! Congrats Sujata :)

SUJATA TAWDE said...

Hi , Deepa , Welcome to ' Spirit Of Mumbai ' . Thanks a lot for your wishes

S Maliyekal said...

Congratulations...!
You and your article deserve it.

SUJATA TAWDE said...

Thanks, S Maliyekal . I am grateful for your appreciation.

Sri Kri said...

Congrats.Mother is the precious gift in our life.

www.srikri.com

SUJATA TAWDE said...

Thanks Sri Kri . Each & Every Mother is God's incarnation .

Dr Sandhya Kadam said...

As is the mother, so is the daughter. Congratulations Sujata . Keep it up.

SUJATA TAWDE said...

Sri Kri, Thanks for your Wishes. You are right , Mothers are the most precious gifts for us.

SUJATA TAWDE said...

Good Noon , Dr. Sandhya. Welcome to Spirit Of Mumbai. Thanks for your warm wishes.

Sweet said...

Congratulations Sujata... That meeting with Sir Jeffery Archer must have been something. I remember getting hooked to his genre with Matter of Honour that I read way back in class 9 . I still love his stuff. Awesome.