This story by Varalotti Rangasamy appeared on Woman’s Era March ( second). This very sensitive & touching story is an expansion of the line “ Matru devo bhavah” occuring in Thaithriyopanishad. The story starts with the twin florist brothers John & Ed getting excited about, being able to secure a big order for a wedding in the minister’s house to be held in Pune. Oh, no, they suddenly realise on noting the calendar that it is their mother’s birthday ! Their mother lives in a hill resort where her husband had breathed his last. The boys are both passionate about flowers & run their own business in Bangalore, the flower city ! But come what may, every year they spend their mother’s birthday with her, showering her with a wide range of gifts. Besides they celebrate their mother’s birthday by decorating the local church that day with the choicest flowers of the season. That is an occasion when the mother’s heart swells with pride & the boys adoringly and devotedly please their mother. Now, the dilemma starts ! The boys have notched an order of a lifetime which will give them a prestigious leap in business. But their mother’s bitrthday falls exactly on the wedding day. So, a difficult decision has to be taken – which to attend, or rather which to skip ! Sridhar, you have described their mental turmoil about which has to take precedence between the two events, beautifully ! They fear that, one of them attending the birthday & the other going for the wedding may give rise to a lose talk about a non existent difference of opinion between the brothers. But when it comes to business, a tall order has its giant share of importance. So, now there is a toggle between devotion to their mother & a rare opportunity in their dedicated business. The decision comes from unexpected quarters. Just then a 10 year old girl comes to buy a bouquet for her mother. With limited money, she wants her mother’s choicest flowers. The boys are touched by the girl’s love for her mother. They give her a very beautiful bouquet costing much more than the money she pays them. They enjoy this so much & lovingly do it for the girl. They ask the girl if she is planning to go home straight & give her mother the bouquet. Her answer stuns the brothers ! In fact it shocks us more & that too very sadly ! She is carrying the bouquet to the grave of her mother who died 2 years back. She wants to pay her homage to her dead mother by placing a bouquet of her favourite flowers, on her grave. The girl has now decided for the brothers, what should take precedence in life ! The boys are now clear about their priority & realise that their mother is more precious than a giant step forward in business & prosperity. Sridhar, please believe me when I say that on reading this story, I feel like immediately rushing to Madurai to see my dear aged mother. I had no plan of reviewing this story. But that urge has resulted in the shaping up of this review, & this review is my unplanned tribute to my dear mother. I also cannot help mentioning that your mother has been extremely fortunate to have a sensitive & dutiful son like you – you have proved that love for a mother surpasses everything in the world. &that the mother’s love is the selfless, strongest bond on earth. It is a feeling & cannot be expressed in words. She loves, shares & inspires unconditionally. God bless mothers ! Sridhar, thankyou again & again for a beautiful poem – I do not have the heart to call it a story !