4 Generations, 4 Mothers – One common thread of LOVE

First of all RainbowDiaries wishes all of you a very very Happy Mother’s Day! We are of the opinion that all days are mother’s day and one single day cannot be enough to thank her. Having said that we do feel that Mother’s Day offer us an opportunity to stop n consciously think about what mom really means to us and honor her.

We are bringing you something special this Mother’s Day – No giveaways, No gifts, nothing usual…We are instead having a 2-part treat for you to read, to retrospect and to love your mom. One where real moms in Singapore share about themselves – they are nothing less than celebrities in our eyes – because they are mothers!

and…In this particular post, we bring you what four generations of women think about their moms. Here,

  • My daughter Eeshaa writes about me
  • I write about my Mom
  • My mom writes about her Mom i.e. my Grandma
  • and last but not the least, My Grandma shares about her Mom i.e. my great grandma

We collected this information through whatsapp, traditional letter writing way and conversation mode! Read on.


  • Eeshaa, my 10-year old wrote this for me. Straight from the heart, written in a simple language and hurriedly because exams are on, unedited with a few funny spelling mistakes and in 3 minutes this cute little letter-cum-greeting was ready!


  • This is what I – Shubhada thinks about her mom – Jyoti

Hmmm, never wrote so far for you, Aai. When I sat down to write, I am somewhat at a loss for words.

Now, that I think, you have been always my idol actually. A strong working woman who always had a mind of her own and who didn’t hesitate to speak it up! Unfazed by whatever issues you faced, you surged ahead and achieved success.

You (and Dad) are quite ahead of times and never thought the routine way. You never stopped me from following my own heart and always encouraged a child to do what she really wanted to do – irrespective of what others say! Ha ha, I did take undue advantage of this freedom sometimes and landed myself in troubles many a times but was always 100% sure that can lean back on you to settle the mess. Cannot thank you enough for this one teaching – “Don’t Worry about what others think. Do what you think is right. Always follow the path of honesty.”

After becoming a mother of 2 little goons, am perfectly understanding how many times I must have boiled your blood. But am sure I made you proud also!

Never could express it verbally…yes, I love you so much and want you to be happy, healthy and complete your century of life. Am selfish, need you as long as possible. Happy Mother’s Day!


  • Here is what my mom – in her sixties – whatsapped me from my dad’s phone about her mom and my grandma – Nirmala





  • Now comes the heart-wrenching piece where my beloved grandma Nirmala in her almost nineties shares her opinion about her mom who was a woman born roughly in 1900 or before…Jyoti collected this info by talking to Nirmala and whatsapped me later. This piece is extremely valuable for me because it gives a glimpse of how life was for women was in that era.


glossary of terms to explain for your understanding…

  • Pali Aaji – my great grandma
  • Panjoba – my great grandpa
  • abused – said bad words
  • expired – passed away [you will find Indians from India using this term commonly]


Nothing more to say…just Value your mother, you get only one and only once!


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61 comments on “4 Generations, 4 Mothers – One common thread of LOVE”

  1. Rakhi Parsai Reply

    This is such a beautiful compilation of mother’s love from generation to generation. I loved reading about your great grand mother and could actually imagine how her life would have been in that era. You have written the post in a very innovative manner. Keep up the good work dear.

  2. Snigdha Reply

    Aww… The thought and the words are so heart touching… Read every single word and now I am missing my mom.. My grand mother is no more now and I miss her everytime.. Very touchy post..

    * your grand mother is exactly looking like one of my grand mother(relative wali). I will share the pic someday in what’sapp.. You will see they are the carbon copies.. I am in shock now…

  3. Papri Ganguly Reply

    Awww such a heartfelt post.I have literally tears on eyes. Yes totally agree with on that we get only one mother and on one in this world would ever replace her.

  4. Minakshi bajpai Reply

    Wow very beautiful write up. Loved reading your post on mother’s day. I like the idea the way you all write letters for your mums to feel them specail. Really touching words.

  5. Ajisth's Mom Style Reply

    Such aa lovely post and yes no one can take place of mom.u r lucky u have your mom. My mom’s passed out when I was only 4 year old and my younger brother was only 1 year. ?

  6. Safiyah Reply

    Somehow.your grandma reminds me of my grandma who passed away a year ago. She was born in the 1920’s too. This post is so touching and beautiful.

  7. Leke Awonuga Reply

    Creamy beautiful moments of love and care to cherish for a life time with loved ones. Indeed, mothers are a blessing to humanity!!

  8. Elizabeth O. Reply

    Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you’re having a blast right now, especially with the kids! This is such a touching post, I have to admit, I did tear up from all the beautifully written letters. It’s all from the heart and there’s no denying how much a child loves her mother!

  9. Betty Reply

    Happy Mother’s Day to you and 3 others lovely women. The story really touching and a mothers love really strong.

  10. Sunshine Kelly Reply

    Aww this is so sweet to know. Yes mother’s love is always unconditional and endless. I love my mom. To all mothers in the world Happy Mother’s Day.

  11. Qian Reply

    this post is just so sweet. But stories like this worth passing on from generation to generation. keep up the good work!!

  12. Tiffany Yong Reply

    Mums are people who scold you, nag at you but love you all the same.
    Mum is the only one you get irritated at, but you will still go to her when you are feeling down~

  13. Claire Marie Algarme Reply

    This is a beautiful personal/family project. Not all of us get to know the mother of our mother’s mother. It’s good to put everything in words how mothers of various generations in a family have touched and molded us. I can feel the bond throughout the generations.

  14. Apple Berry Reply

    All I need to say is really need to appreciate the love and care from mummy as my mm do take good care of me when my bad story begins. Wish all mummies on the Earth Happy Mama’s Day. ^.^

  15. Sharon Lee Reply

    Happy Mothers Day to all the Mother out there =D I love how your family express love through writing and this make relationship got closer and more love <3

  16. roch Reply

    I like seeing kids write to their moms. My mom has kept all our letters before in one case and read it with a smile when she remembers them.

  17. Kathy Lacuna Reply

    I just love Eesha’s letter to you. So heartfelt and sincere. Looks like you really have an awesome mother-daughter relationship there. Happy Mother’s Day to you too! Have a great one!

  18. Zwitsy Reply

    Happy Mothers’ Day to all moms out there. This story is so touching and indeed, we should value our moms regardless if they have spare much time or not on us. The fact that they have allowed us to experience what life is, we should thank them for doing so. Again, happy mom’s day to all!

  19. Fred Reply

    Very touching post. Your daughter is very fortunate that she still got to meet her great-grandparents. My kids also got to meet theirs on my father’s side, but she had also passed on already now. We have to value our mothers everyday that she is with us, not only mother’s day.

  20. Estella Reply

    *wipes tears off my eyes* Oh my, what a sweet, close relationship you have! Happy mother’s day to you! <3

  21. Ankita Reply

    This is a great idea… and for anyone who wants to know how India (or Indians for that matter) have changed for the better, this is the post to read… heart warming to read three daughters talking about their mothers!

  22. Alina Popescu Reply

    What a touching post! So sweet of you to choose to celebrate Mother’s Day like this, very inspiring to see you all cherish each other.

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  24. Miera Nadhirah Reply

    Awww… this is so heart warming… if I only had such good things to say about my mom… huhuhu… unfortunately I am one of those unfortunate ones who grew up without unconditional love from her parents… my parents we divorced when I was just 3 and my mom brought me up but I was her punching bag… her place to release her stress .. I was practically abused… the welfare people even came but well.. since I did not want to leave my mom then having been threaten, I had to lie to them….

  25. Emily Reply

    What a poignant piece this is and I must say, a novel idea to get all the females in the family to share memories of their mothers. Perhaps all of us should do this while our mothers are alive and still of sound mind.

  26. May Reply

    This is the best Mother’s Day tribute I’ve read in years! Thank you so much for putting it together *hugs*

  27. Kless @ The J Babies Reply

    Such an interesting and meaningful way to celebrate mother’s day! Heartfelt messages are always the best and will be remembered for a long, long time. 🙂 Happy mummy’s day!

  28. cindyrina (@cindyrina) Reply

    so touching to read this unconditional messages. Indeed its a beautiful bonding. Happy Mother’s Day for all and appreciate your love ones while they are with you. I am going back home town to my Mum this weekend.

  29. Ashish Reply

    Very touching!! Great effort to capture these 4 generation of opinion.

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