Dear Kranti Supporters,
I haven’t posted an update for a while because I am in a rural internship right now. But I’m writing to you to share some very important information – I have been accepted to Bard College in New York, I have my passport, and I am going to the USA in August to chase my dreams!
None of this would be possible without the most important person in my life – my mother. She was the one listened to me and was always by my side. When I was a child, I told my dad about going to America and studying there - my dad made fun of me. But my mother told me I could do it and that I had the ability to do it. She's the one who believed in me. She encouraged me to do different things like going to dance class and learn English. My dad was always angry about me going out or going to dance classes. He never allowed me to do these things. But my mother did everything she could possibly do to keep me safe, especially when people called me an “ugly dark girl.” My dad even told me that “nobody is going to marry you because you are ugly and dark; your heart is as dark as your skin colour.” I felt really bad that day and was crying but my mum was there to support me. She was the one that told me I was beautiful.
She always helped me make big decisions, and staying away from my family was my first big decision. She said “Shweta, I believe in you; whatever you'll decide, I know that it's for your own good. Don't worry, just do whatever you think is right.” In the second biggest decision of my life, taking a gap year, she wasn't convinced – she thought I was wasting a year – but she didn't prevent me from doing it. And now I'm going to be away from home for four years and she's still encouraging me and inspiring me. I have the best mother in the world!
Here is a video of me and my mother on the local news! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yf-VrJQlTcU
Thoughts from other Revolutionaries:
Sheetal: My mum is everything for me. It's because of her I'm here – at Kranti, in the world. She always loves me a lot. In my sorrows, in my joys, in my successes, she's always there for me. If my mum is not there, there is nothing in my life. My mum is the only person who can understand me. Nobody in the world can understand us better than our mums, and even if my mum doesn't agree with my decisions, she still supports me. Here is a video of me talking about my mother! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppbCCu16Fho
Laxmi: In Hindi ma is just one character, but its meaning is immeasurable. I can't explain it. The word has no end. My mum is really loving. She has had a lot of problems and troubles in her life, but she still taught me the best ethics possible. I am very lucky to have such a wonderful mother!
Pinky: I miss my mother a lot because she lives in Kolkata, I see her for just a couple hours every six months. I try to remember happy memories of when I lived with her and I hope we will have a good future together some day. Here is a picture of me and my mother!
So – Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers who make sacrifices so their children can have a better future than they had. :)
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