“After his untimely death, my father brought his friend’s son, Abbas, to our home. He stayed with us and completed his studies.”
On the event of his mother Heeraben Modi’s centenary, PM Modi recalled sweet moments from a momentous childhood decades ago. As he retold several memories, he threw love and affection to his 99-year old mother for teaching him to find happiness and love in the joy of other people.
The blog post published on the event of his mother Heeraben Modi’s 99th birthday, he recalled his father’s intimate friend’s son and the heart-warming plates of festivities they shared during the Eid festival.
He began by writing, “Mother would find happiness in other people’s joys. Our house may have been small, but she was extremely large-hearted. A close friend of my father used to stay in a nearby village. After his untimely death, my father brought his friend’s son, Abbas, to our home. He stayed with us and completed his studies”.
“Mother was as affectionate and caring towards Abbas just like she did for all of us siblings. Every year on Eid, she used to prepare his favourite dishes. On festivals, it was commonplace for neighbourhood kids to come to our house and enjoy Mother’s special preparations”, he continued.
He recalls about his mother who instilled in him the ability to find the happiness of life in the joy of others, and recalled, “Whenever a Sadhu visited our neighbourhood, Mother would invite them to our humble home for a meal. True to her selfless nature, she would request the Sadhus to bless us children rather than asking anything for herself. She would urge them, ‘Bless my children so that they are happy in others’ joys and empathetic in their sorrows. Let them have bhakti (devotion for the Divine) and sevabhav (service to others),”.
PM Modi, who time and time again, teaches his followers to look back and enrich their lives through our sweet memories, visited Vadnagar in October, 2017 where he accompanied his hard-working father to sell tea and condiments when he was a young boy.