On March 8, Women's Day, we invited readers to celebrate the woman who made a significant difference to their lives. We asked them to tell us why this woman was special and send us a photograph. This series features the best entries.
On this special occasion, I would like to take the opportunity to thank three women in my life for what they have been and for what they mean to me.
For bearing me and enduring all the pain with a smile and bringing me on this earth. For teaching me how to write the alphabet 'S' during pre-KG -- I found this very difficult. For being my best teacher till high school. For making sure I always had hot food without grumbling, no matter whatever the time of the day I had my food. For making the best snacks for me anytime I demanded. For shedding tears when I had to go for work to a different state. For being there with me when I chose my first girlfriend and being there for me when I lost her at the verge of almost marrying her. For selecting the right girl for me without saying a single word; she knew me so well.
Mom, I always want you to be my mom whenever and wherever I am re-born. Dear Mom, thanks for everything.
My sister Shilpa
The first baby I touched, my first fan, my dear younger sister. I love her for scolding my dad whenever he scolded me; for telling him not to shout at me as it will hurt my feelings; for asking him things that I wanted and giving them to me (I was scared of my dad; he had a bad temper but his heart would melt for my sister); for loving me more when I used to hate her for being dad's pet; for silently bearing the beatings I would give her without complaining to my parents and still loving me; for giving me a special place in her heart which only she could give. Last but not the least for gifting me one helluva cute niece (her name is Kuvira) and making me graduate from her brother to a Mama. I've never said this openly before, and I won't do it in front of her, but I want to tell her: I really love you from the bottom of my heart and promise you that I will always be there for you.
My wife Ganasudha
For accepting me for all my shortcomings; for tolerating my occasional temper and still making me smile; for understanding when money was tight and willing to let go of your plans to buy a saree; for listening patiently to all that I spoke; for cooking such wonderful biryani and rotis; for getting up early and making our breakfast, going to college, coming back studying and making my dinner and topping the exams; for being my strength through all my tough times; for believing in me and being there with me in all the decisions I made. You have shown me how a woman can balance things both inside and outside the home.
Dumz (thats what I call her), you are the person God has made for me and I can never think of a better match than you. Again, if there is life after death, I want God to make sure that even if I do not get other things, please let these 3 people be a part of my life.
I am sorry as I did not have my mother's and sisters snap on my system right now hence I am uploading my wife's snap only.
Celebrating Women: The series
'A woman of extraordinary strength'
'Where there's a will, there's a way'
'She refused to be orthodox'
'My sister created my future'
'My wife taught me responsibility'
Women's Day special