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Updated: June 4, 2013 14:51 IST

Her mother prayed for her success, but did not live to see it

Vasudha Venugopal
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Third-rank holder N.G. Rajeswari lost her mother four days ago. Photo: R. Ravindran
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Third-rank holder N.G. Rajeswari lost her mother four days ago. Photo: R. Ravindran

Rajeswari's mother passed away last week following a cardiac arrest

Instead of celebrations, an uncomfortable silence prevails at N.G. Rajeswari’s home in Mylapore.

Phone calls disrupt the silence, but Rajeswari handles every caller with patience, breaking down once in a while.

“It is barely four days since amma passed away. I cannot even think of feeling good about my result,” says the 17-year-old. With centum in four subjects, Rajeswari secured 1,187 marks in the class XII examinations that placed her third in the State.

She and her family, however, are yet to overcome the unexpected death of her mother, Lalitha, due to cardiac arrest last week. She was 60. “We went to Srirangam, Samayapuram and all temples in and around Tiruchi. My mother was extremely happy all through the trip but everything ended on Saturday,” says Rajeswari.

On their way back to Chennai, Lalitha complained of breathing trouble and was immediately rushed to a hospital, where she died after a heart attack.  “It was totally unexpected because she never had a heart problem or any major ailment,” says Rajeswari. Her father V. Ganesamoorthy is a retired BSNL employee, while her brother Srinivasan is a management executive in a company here.

“All through my exam preparations, my mother was a pillar of support. She made me promise I would stay away from movies and TV until the exams were over. In fact, she made sure no one in the family switched on the TV at home for months.”

Rajeswari’s family lived in Tiruchi till 2011, after which they moved to Madurai because Srinivasan wanted to study management in Thiagarajar College. Last month, they rented a house in Mylapore because Srinivasan had begun working in the city and Rajeswari wanted to attend chartered accountancy classes.

“We decided to go on the trip because my mother said she wanted to visit Tiruchi, where she grew up and also brought us up. She wanted to go to the school she had taught in for many years, and pray for my results in Srirangam,” she says. 

“She always asked me to be a teacher like her and I would tell her that no matter how much she forced me, I would not become one, because I wanted to be an auditor. I wanted to earn a lot of money and give her all luxuries and comfort,” says Rajeswari, wiping a tear.

Hello Rajeswari. I feel for you. As a foster parent of several tamil children some of whom were orphaned, I cannot but appreciate the immense joy you have brought to all of us here in Tamilnadu. I am sure
your amma is celebrating in Heaven.
Way to go young lady Wish you the very best

from:  Barney
Posted on: May 10, 2013 at 19:35 IST

Your mother already reached heaven. Her soul will make your career
great. Everyone is with you, hats off for scoring high marks. Her soul
already attained peace and will proceed as well.

from:  Vijay
Posted on: May 10, 2013 at 18:31 IST

Rajeswari, As a parent I understand the feelings you are going
through.We wish you all success in your future endeavors and pray for
the soul to Rest in Peace. You will have all the Blessing of your
mother. God Bless you

from:  padmakumar
Posted on: May 10, 2013 at 17:55 IST

God bless u Rajeshwari.

from:  P. Sukumar
Posted on: May 10, 2013 at 14:12 IST

Congrats to rajeshwari on her securing good marks and passing on
flying colours. It is a tragedy that she lost her mother. But keeping
it aside, though it is hard to do so, she should start fulfilling the
dreams of her mother. She has to bestow her attention to CA course and
become a respectful CA.

from:  amol joshi
Posted on: May 10, 2013 at 11:37 IST

a very heart touching article.may her soul rest in peace

from:  phani tej
Posted on: May 10, 2013 at 09:15 IST
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