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Monday, 15 May 2017

the stories of 5 inspiring women in my life

here is a stories of 5 inspiring women in my life:


stories of strong women in my life

My paternal grandmother:



A woman so strong that at her time it was unheard of, but she attended school until grade 5. A woman so strong that she had to quickly become the head of the house, in a very patriarchal society of Punjab, India,  at a young age when her father was in prison. 


A woman so strong that she raised 6 children whilst running the household, taking care of the livestock, working in the fields, keeping her home running in times of debt, cooking from scratch - grinding her own lentils to make flour, waking up early to to milk the buffalos so her youngest son could sell the milk in town, a woman so strong that when in debt she still made sure her eldest son would do his PhD - first one in his village to do so.

 A woman so strong that when she  emigrated to Canada, in her old age, she worked on the farms here in British Columbia, in not so great conditions and earning not very much. 

A woman so strong that when her eldest son (my father), at the age of 39, suffered multiple strokes and brain hemorrhage that left him paralyzed for life she stood strong, supported my mother and took care of myself and my 3 sisters so we could make it through and we did. 

A woman so strong that she almost lost her second son to alcoholism and her third son to hepatitis C but she rained strong through out it all, both of them survived and lived healthy lives.


 A woman so strong that she raised such strong woman (my sisters and I) whilst running a household, and being the strong foundation that our family leaned on. Nothing could break her. Until it did. and it broke us all. and she is missed every single day.

My Mother:


 A woman so strong that at the age of 15 she emigrated from India to Canada, a new place, where she didn't know anyone except her brother and everything so new to her. 

A woman so strong that she not only worked crazy hours at her brother's restaurant as a waitress, she went to hair dressing school and soon, after only have studied till grade 10 in India, was able to get her grade 12 in Canada, 

A woman so strong she supported my paternal grandparents and my father's siblings when they came to Canada whilst my father went to school. 

 A woman so strong that when she could have given up and could have felt beat, rose at a very young age of 32, with 3 children, her husband,  lay in the hospital in a coma for 3 months, with almost no chance of survival, but she believed and she was his biggest support, my father went from a coma, to learning to walk again, talk again, eat again, drive again and it would not have been possible without my strong mother. 

a mother so strong she financially supported the entire household, raised 4 daughters (in a very patriarchal punjabi community in the diaspora that doesn't want daughters but wants sons), went from a waitress to a bank manager for 25 years & then opened her own mortgage company. 

 A mother so strong that she supported all her children through higher education. 


my 3 sisters:



 they are women so strong that each one of them inspire me in different ways. the four of us would be nothing without the strong women: my grandmother and mother in our life. We each have chosen the harder path, we have survived and stuck it together, we have seen strong women in our life make it through and seen my father being so supportive of us to become strong women and our grandfather always pushing us to achieve more and not care a single bit that we were girls and not boys.  In fact he spoiled us girls compared to the boys haha. 

the strength that each one of my sisters exude is what keeps me going, their resilience, their ability to shine and hold their own, their strength to live a life full of adventure when there are so many naysayers.  Their wisdom, their love and friendship. 

these 3 women are so strong, that all that we have been through, we know we are in it together, and we have each other and that is why we can get through anything. 
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