“I would say that being a mother gave me the power to fight against all odds and stand firm on my beliefs.” –Azmeri Haque Badhon
Life, as we know it, would not have happened had it not been because of our mothers. From giving birth to shaping us as human beings, for most of us, mothers make us who we are.
This year, Mother's Day has fallen during a difficult time. The pandemic bars us from carrying out our everyday routine, let alone hold any special celebrations.
But we reached out to some of the celebrity mothers in the country, who shared their take on motherhood and what it really means for them.
Tropa Majumdar, head of creative, Expressions Ltd
I am not very keen on celebrating days such as Mother's Day or Father's Day, but I know that when our parents are well and alive, life holds more meaning for us. Especially when mothers live a long, healthy life, nothing is more precious.
Had it been a different time, I may have given my mother a gift of flowers, or something she needed, but this year I would only speak to her over the phone. It has been days since I met her.
You do not realise what motherhood is, or what being a mother feels like, unless you become one. It is not necessary to give birth, the same emotions can arise when you love or nurture someone like a mother.
After having a child, your priorities and the way you perceive the world changes. However, these do not always arise out of a sense of responsibility or obligation; you love your children because you want to.
Meher Afroz Shaon, actor, director and singer
Every year on Mother's Day, I take my mother and my children out for dinner or lunch. But this year, things are difficult for all of us, so relief will only come when the whole country is going to be free of the coronavirus.
I am assuming that my children will make me a card, and I would definitely call up my mother to wish her. I am eternally grateful to the Almighty for gifting me my mother and children.
After I became a mother, I realised how much I love my own mother. I felt the real kind of love.
When Humayun Ahmed passed away in 2012, I lost my will to live. But my children made it possible for me to go through each day and eventually become stronger. Now I wish to see them grow up as good, compassionate human beings.
Alif Alauddin, singer
On Mother's Day, usually all the mothers in my family have a big gathering at someone's house or a restaurant. We meet up along with our children and other family members.
This year Fiona, my daughter, and I might do something like watching a movie together or playing some board games.
My daughter has a passion for music, which is great as I hail from a musical background and my husband is also a musician. She is 10 years old now, and she composed her own song when she was eight years old.
Motherhood has been the most beautiful thing in my life. To see this little person grow up, and develop into a wonderful human being, brings me immense happiness.
Azmeri Haque Badhon, actor
Motherhood, I believe, is extremely empowering and when you have a child, it helps you understand your strength as a woman. However, being a mother should always be a choice and not something that is forced upon.
I always knew I wanted to be a mother and having my daughter was absolutely life changing. Words fell short from expressing my feelings when I held her for the first time.
I enjoyed every bit of my pregnancy and now, I absolutely love being a mother to my beautiful daughter. She is a sensible, kind girl who understands me very well.
I would say that being a mother gave me the power to fight against all odds and stand firm on my beliefs. I teach my daughter to tell others how strong her mother is, that she goes to the gym and she can beat up anyone who will cause trouble!