Published On: June 6, 2017 10:15 AM NPT By: Sanghamitra Subba

Mothers and daughters share a similar dream

Mothers and daughters share a similar dream

There is no deeper bond than the one a mother shares with her daughters. Mothers remain a constant inspiration to their children, and here are some daughters who’ve followed in their mother’s footsteps.   

The trials and triumphs of raising a child can only be truly understood by the parents- more specifically mothers.  We look into the stories between three working mothers, and their daughters who chose to follow in the footsteps of their mothers. Chandni Joshi and her daughter Sristi Malla, are both in the field of women empowerment; Lata Bajracharya and her daughter Shirapa Bajracharya, both work as doctors in different fields and Kunti Moktan and her two daughters Shital and Shubani, are singers. These three stories have incomparable differences and all three bonds are rooted in different aspects of parenthood. 

Kunti Moktan, 
Shubani Moktan and Shital Moktan

In another household, Kunti Moktan, renowned Nepali singer raised two daughters, Shubani and Shital to follow their dreams. The two took that advice and followed in their mother’s path. The family of musician and singers, despite having substantial amount of fame, led to a completely normal and humble life. Moktan, a woman who can be dubbed as the epitome of a Nepali mother, saw her two children show an exceptional talent and interest in singing at a very young age. Even though Moktan never expected her children to follow her path, she was delighted when her daughters decided to enter the field of music. As a female singer who had received an abundance of love and support from her fans, she knew that her daughters would meet the same fate. But like every other working mother, Moktan faced the problem of finding time to spend with her daughters. With concerts, recordings and a very busy schedule, she found herself often pulled away from her family. Shubani, Moktan’s youngest daughter says that even though her mother wasn’t around as often as she would’ve liked, she didn’t feel neglected or that she lost a part of her childhood.

Lata Bajracharya and Shirapa Bajracharya

Every working mother has limited hours of her day that she can spend with her children. But a doctor who has to balance her medical practice, clinic and her family, faces the struggle of even coming home to say goodnight to her child. Dr. Lata Bajracharya, a well known name in the world of gynecology says that she wished she could have cut down her hours at work to at least share dinner with her children. The busy hours and hectic schedules prevented her from being there for her children. But from a young age, she wanted her daughter Shirapa to follow in her medical path. Now, Shirapa is an established dermatological consultant who chose a medical path that is not as demanding as her mother’s. Unlike most mother’s, Bajracharya wanted her daughter to become a doctor as well. She saw it as a way to establish oneself in the world and to become more independent as a woman. 

Chadni Joshi and 
Sristi Malla

While all mother daughter bonds are special in their own way, the bond between Chandni Joshi and her daughter Sristi is truly remarkable. It is evident that the two have a deep rooted attachment that is irreplaceable and even impossible to replicate. They say that they are each other’s soul mates and that they thank the men in their lives for allowing them to spend every possible moment with each other. With almost a telepathic connection, they often find themselves calling each other exactly when the other one is about to call. But the openness that the two have with each other seems to arise from the fact that the upbringing of the children in their household was lenient and liberal. The tragedy of losing a father and a sister in the family at such a young age might have been the cause for such a strong bond, but the endearment that the two have for each other is exceptional.

We see similar patterns between working mothers and her children. While mothers wish that they had more time to spare and to spend with their children, the children say that the absence that they felt didn’t change their childhood. Now that the children have grown up, they understand why their mother was unable to be present at all times. Despite the time that was lost, the daughters have learned to become independent and strong. They have been inspired by their mothers to follow a similar path and that choice has strengthened each bond in their own way.

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