Sachin honours mothers in forefront of COVID battle
"Wherever I go, people want to know about me and my life. But I want to know about you, the mothers who had to stay away from your families and children risking own lives to fight bravely..." Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar was all excited to talk to the mothers from all over the globe who were in the forefront of the battle with COVID-19. Sachin interacted with them from his residence in Mumbai through the online platform organised by Mathrubhumi on Mother's Day.
Sachin thanked Mathrubhumi for giving him an opportunity to be the interviewer. He told the mothers with folded hands in a gesture of respect, "The nation will not forget your sacrifices and selfless services. Your service is priceless."
Sachin started the session saying that he came to honour an inimitable sacrifice, "Everyone asks me the same question ever since the lockdown started. You get a lot of time with your family. But then I thought about the mothers who don't even get such a time. Those who spend their time for fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and saving humankind. They don't get time to spend with their children and even to go home. They keep fighting by taking care of the patients. I remember them on this Mother's Day. You have dedicated your lives for the country."
"I happened to watch a video recently. A little kid came with her father on a bike to meet her mother whom she could not meet for a month. Her mother is a nurse and was standing a few feet away from her. As she was taking care of the COVID patients, she could not even go near the kid. The child was crying aloud to go near the mother, but she could only watch with teary eyes. We can't imagine the sacrifice of the mother at that moment. The kid might have thought why her mother did not hug her. She would know about her mother's sacrifice when she grows up. Then she will feel really proud about her mother..." Sachin said.
Wayanad district collector Dr Adeela Abdulla, Kochi district police commissioner G Poonkuzhali, London-based managament consultant Amritha Jayakrishnan, Nurse of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Delhi Anuja Jith, officer at Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Dr Gowri Nambiar Sengupta, Carehome staff in Israel Shini Markos, Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Kozhikode medical college Dr P N Mini, Pediatrician in Bermingham Dr Deepthi Jyothish, Mumbai-based social worker Bindu Jayan and COVID nodal officer Dr Sandhya Kurup gathered via online to speak with Sachin. Mathrubhumi sub editor Soumya Bhushan coordinated the conversation.