About the Book
The mother has an exalted place in the Indian cultural tradition. The most ancient scripture of the world equates her with God. Maatru devo bhaua, says the Taittiriya Upanishad. The Mahabharata hails her by different names according to the functions she performs - Dhaatri (bearer), Jananee (deliverer), Ambaa (fosterer), Veerasooh (trainer who helps the child to grow into a hero) and Shushru (protector). As Maataa she and her child are of one body. The respect for the mother grows out of love which is natural. And this love of the mother is niversal and unselfish. Whether in Asia or Africa, Europe or America, the child-mother relationship is charming and endearing. But what is unique in Indian tradition is that the symbolism of the mother is extended to the country and the Goddess of the Universe, the Creatrix. 'Vande Maataram' in Bankim's 'Ananda Math' electrified the nation straining at the leash. The 'Devi Maahaatmyam' hails the Goddess as the very consciousness (chitiroopa) of all living beings. Sane Guruji's 'Shyamchi Aayee' brings out not only all the endearing aspects of the mother but the strength of her will to foster her children as heroes bold and brave, generous and. loving, kind and sympathetic. The setting is rural Konkan of Maharashtra and the mother portrayed is the mother anywhere else in India, loving and caring, gentle yet firm.