The Oldest Love Story: A Motherhood Anthology
Popular culture the world over refers to motherhood as the ultimate destination for women. Amma, maa, mata, ammi, mom, mother, maa-ji, aai, mummy – call her by any of these names, she is expected to respond immediately. with love, concern, care.What does this word mean to people who have gone through the experience? Is motherhood really the gold standard for women it is assumed to be? Apart from being the most glorified and celebrated word in our cultural history, is mother also the most abused? The Oldest Love Story, a collection of essays, addresses motherhood through the prism of personal experiences. Some of India’s celebrated writers – Kamala Das, Shashi Deshpande, Nabaneeta Dev Sen, C.S. Lakshmi, Vaidehi and a rare gem by Mannu Bhandari – star in this extraordinary collage.These writers introspect with admirable honesty their experience of mothering and the cost demanded by years of giving. Many others – including Shabana Azmi, Chitra Palekar and Saeed Mirza – explore their relationship with their mothers to provide a holistic understanding of the complex phenomenon of motherhood.