My mother & I

Published: 11th May 2013 11:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th May 2013 11:58 AM   |  A+A-


Jhansi Lakshmi is multitalented – an anchor, journalist, actress, she’s a face that many identify with. But her identity comes from the her relationship with her mother Sarada. For Sarada, Mother’s Day is just like any other day and has no special requests from her daughter. “I wish her well and hope that she serves the society in whichever possible way. I love her quality standing up for people at any cost.” But the admiration is mutual between the two as Jhansi looks up to her mother’s straight forward attitude.

Jhansi tells us more.

Interests we share: Travel and spirituality

Favourite dish preparation: Sambar

She is: Courageous and committed 



Actor Sundeep Kishan

received a surpirse for this Mother’s Day when his mum Durga Kishan flew down to Hyderabad from Chennai. Stuck with a busy schedule between recording studios, Sundeep is more than happy to have his mother with him. Working at All India Radio, Durga is a proud mother. Given his hectic itinerary, she doesn’t get to spend as much time with him and is looking forward to some quality time this weekend. “I love spending time with him, all day, all night. But I appreciate his attitude towards work and his spontaneity the most,” she says. Sundeep on the other hand feels blessed by her unconditional love. He tells us more about her. Interests we share: Cinema and food

Favourite dish preparation: Her avakaya (mango pickle)

She is: She means the world and it cannot be put in words 



Actress Tapsee Pannu has been steadily climbing the ladder in the film industry. For someone who had no intention of acting, she managed to snag a good opening in Bollywood with Chashme Buddoor. But Tapsee says none of that would’ve been possible without her mother Nirmal. A simple woman but a strong anchor for her daughter, Nirmal has been the lady behind Tapsee’s confidence and on this Mother’s Day says she couldn’t be more proud of her. So any plans for the day? “I would love to hang out and go for dinner with my daughters,” the beaming mother says.  


Tapsee shares more trivia with us.

 Interests we share: Love for films

 What I love: Her patience and the way she handles relationships

 Favourite food preparation: Mutter paneer

 She is: An epitome of innocence



Asmita Marwa is one of the city’s celebrated designers who has made a fashion statement both on and off the ramp. Popular for her styling in the Telugu film industry as well, Asmita’s keen sense of chic has made her a favoured choice. This Mother’s Day the petite designer will be spending the special day away from her 19 year-old son Karan, who studies in the UK. But she’s not too sad about it for she feels other days are special day for a mother as well. “Mother’s Day should not be limited to just one day. This day should be celebrated on every special occasion throughout the year,” she shares. Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped her from hoping for a card from her son with a personal message written inside. So what does she love best about her relationship with her son? “My son and I share a friendship. Karan has also inherited his love for food and animals from me.” Karan on the other hand says he loves the way she keeps him entertained. The teenager tells us more.

Interests we share: Food and animals

Favourite food preparation: Everything from Thai curries, Sushi to Goan prawn curry

She is: Genuine, talented, entertaining 



Ganesh Nallari became popular for more than just his designing skills after appearing on the show Saytamev Jayate. But through it all, the Hyderabad-based designer has always had a rock to stand on, courtesy his mother Meena Nallari. A retired art teacher at Sri Aurobindo International School, Meena says she would love to spend the day with her son. “I would love to spend a full day talking to my son. His commitment, will power and his designing is what I love the most,” reveals Meena. Both huge fans of panipuri and jalebi, Ganesh says there is not a single day that goes without him speaking to his mother.

He tells more of what they share.

Interest we share: Creativity

Favourite food preparation: Kofta Malai, Mutton chop

She is: Enthusiastic, simple, caring, and a baby 



Radha (second from right) and Kaushalya Reddy (second from left) are well known Kuchipudi exponents along with their daughters Yamini Reddy (extreme right), the Padma Bhushan awardee, and Bhavana (extreme left). But the family of artists say that it isn’t just the dancing that keeps them together. “We love shopping and have a lot of fun together,” shares Yamini. While it’s usually the daughter who loves her mother’s cooking, Kaushalya Reddy's favourite part of her relationship is the food her daughter prepares. “I share a bond of a friend with Yamini. She is my right hand, my backbone and half of my confidence,” says Kaushalya. Radha Reddy isn’t expecting much for this Sunday as she feels gifts are materialistic but the love is unconditional. What Yamini admires most of her parents is Radha’s genuine nature and Kaushalya’s dynamic attitude.

The danseuse tells us more about her mothers

Interests we share: Shopping and movies

Favourite food preparation: All non vegetarian food

She is: Both of them are strong willed, loving and hardworking  



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