Maa Durga, you finally listened !!
“Maa, The ice cream is really yummy. And it’s your favorite Pan flavor. Why don’t you take one scoop maa? And what’s the fun of pandal hopping if you don’t enjoy the yummy street food here in Kolkata” she said? “I don’t want it, Protima” maa said a little irritated this time. “If I want to eat something I can get it. Don’t advise me like you are my maa. OK.”
(Based on a true story)
Protima knew something is definitely bothering her mother, otherwise, she is never irritated with her & in no case, she rejects an offer to have Pan ice-cream.
“Maa, have you been diagnosed with Diabetes?”
This time maa just laughed. “No silly. I don’t have diabetes, and I am not that old OK.”
But something was visibly bothering her. Next morning when Protima visited her maa, she sat down by her side with a cup of steaming hot coffee in her hands. “Bolo Na maa, Kee hoiche.” (Tell me mother, what happened?) Maa had tears in her eyes. She couldn’t say much. She just looked at Protima with all the affection in her eyes & managed to say, “May Maa Durga bless you this year.”
Now Protima understood what was bothering her mom. Her mom had this age-old habit of giving up her favorite thing when she wanted to ask something from the gods in return. Mannat she used to call it. “I am having a fight with Maa Durga, and she has to make me win this time. She has to bless you with a baby this year. Till then I am not going to touch ice-cream. Let me also see how my maa can see me suffering. If I can not see my child suffering, how can she see me suffering?”
It has been 12 years since Protima married Avijit. She was still in college, was just 20 when they got married. For the first five years, they decided not to become parents as she wanted to finish her post graduation & get a job. Two more years passed by while she was settling into her job & making a career for herself. It was then that people started to point it out & give advises & suggestions to the couple about conceiving a baby. They did start to try & consulted few local doctors too, but 3 years passed by & still, she never conceived. It seemed like everyone in Kolkata now knew about their condition. Even their maid had once given them the contact number of a Tantrik baba who could have helped them.
For last 2 years, they had been undergoing infertility treatment, have spent a fortune on those painful treatments & hospitalization. 8 IVF cycles had failed before they were exhausted & decided to take a break before they start to try again. Now even Protima was losing hope & was desperate to become a mother.
One year passed and it was Durga Pujo again.
Protima entered the room with a bowl of Ice-Cream in her one hand while holding the hand of a 3-year-old girl with her other hand.
“Maa, see Maa Durga finally listened to you. Come on, Let’s have some Ice-Cream.” And finally, Maa had some ice-cream with little Adina sitting in her lap.
Not everyone can become a parent the natural way. Some might find success in infertility treatment, while some may not. Some seek blessings of the Divine.
by The Dreamer Mum