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“It’s essential to be friendly with daughters”

Rani Devalla
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When you get exhausted they know how to pacify you; when you feel elated they double your joy; when you feel low they lend a shoulder to cry.

In a society where gender-bias still continues, daughters play a key role in sharing the most cherished relationship with their parents. With ‘Daughters Day’ celebrated on Sunday, mothers in the city say relation between a daughter and a mother is an irreplaceable pleasant experience.

Even at the age of 87, freedom fighter Digumarthi Saraswathi Devi’s world revolves around her daughter. With several roles to don such as senior advocate, social worker and an active member of Vishranti Old People’s Home, her prime priority is to be accessible to her differently-abled daughter Satya Chanduri all the time. “After two sons, welcoming a daughter meant a lot to us. One day, when Satya was two years old, she had high fever. And then what followed was a catastrophe. Satya became immobile and the local doctors could not identify the problem until late,” she said recollecting her younger days. After a few months, Satya was diagnosed with polio.

From the state of complete immobility to becoming independent, Ms. Saraswathi ran from pillar to post to facilitate her daughter stand on her own. After going through a rigorous treatment at the age of three followed by multiple surgeries and endless therapies, Satya is now founder president of Physically Handicapped Welfare Association. “Among several others, I provide vocational training to physically challenged girls and help them pursue their studies under various government schemes. This is made possible only because of my mother. Her tremendous support in all aspects, immense love and faith inspired me to stand up and survive,” Ms. Satya said with a twinkle in her eyes.

“Apart from the academic studies, girls need to learn survival skills. It helps them build self confidence and become globally acceptable,” principal of Gayatri Vidya Parishad MLBT High School K. Madhuravani. “We as parents want our only daughter to be self-sufficient and fight every odd she confronts with confidence and be successful in life,” she said. Obstetrician and gynaecologist B.S. Krishnamma said: “It is essential to be friendly with the daughters and help them open up with their parents. The trick lies in striking a balance between giving them enough freedom and making them feel responsible. With our two daughters who are affectionate we never missed a son.”


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