Mother lights his pyre because there are no men left in family

The 58-year-old social worker rushed to the capital for her son’s cremation.

Written by Pritha Chatterjee | New Delhi | Published: July 23, 2013 2:23 am

Anand Bhaskar Morla’s mother had retired only on June 30,and was preparing to move in with Anand and her 77-year-old mother in Delhi. The 58-year-old social worker and counsellor with the Andhra Pradesh government’s Health department,had to instead rush to the capital on Saturday evening for her son’s cremation.

Anand’s mother Amareshwari keeps her voice steady,quick to brush away the tears that betray her emotions. “I gave birth to him,I nurtured him for nine months. After my husband’s death,I took up a government job that was given to me on compassionate grounds,to ensure I could fulfill his dreams. Yesterday,with my own hands,I cremated him. What could I do? I don’t have any other sons,and since I never turned to anyone for help to fend for my son in his life time,so why should I ask anyone for help now?” she said.

She said she had to maintain her composure for her grandson Atman,who still does not know about his father’s death.

Morla,a documentary film maker who specialised in film editing from the Sorbonne university in Paris,was making social and cultural documentaries for the BBC,National Geographic,Channel 4 and Arte France Televisions. His wife,Supriya,who met him in Sri Aurobindo Ashram,where Morla was brought up,says he loved travelling,which drove him to films.

For now,the family of three women is trying hard to avert questions from Atman about his nana (father in Telegu).

“He saw him fall into the water,and then being taken to hospital. Now he sees his photograph with a diya. He keeps asking; ‘where is nana?’ We have told him he has gone for a shoot now…”Amareshwari said.

For now,Amareshwari says she wants to complete Anand’s films,with the help of her daughter-in-law. “I want to fulfil all his commitments. My son had said I might be retiring from government service,but it is re-tiring when it comes to life. He wanted me to help him with his projects,and now both of us will keep his flag flying,” she said.

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