Celebrating Everyday Women - Anitha & Reshma

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Celebrating Everyday Women - Anitha & Reshma

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Celebrating Everyday Women - Anitha & Reshma

"You're the strongest person I know and you're my biggest motivation,"

Celebrating Everyday Women - Anitha & Reshma

"You must share your recipes with me, Mummy, so I can cook them too!"

 

Reshma is gushing about the amazing pani puri and rotis that her mother Anitha makes. Anitha smiles bashfully, as the genuine warmth shared between mother and daughter dissolves any initial apprehension. "She's very intelligent, I'm also very motivated by my daughter," Anitha beams with pride. 

 

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"You're the strongest person I know and you're my biggest motivation," her daughter affirms. "What my mom has taught me is being able to love selflessly is the biggest form of beatuy, it's so pure." Anitha shares that it hasn't always been easy for the family, and when they first moved to Singapore from India, Reshma was only in Primary Four and faced lots of bullying in school. Her mother would assure her, "Don't worry about it. Just study hard, and these people will respect you in their own way." Reshma took this advice to heart and it motivated her to invest in her own self-growth, taking up many leadership positions in co-curricular activities at school.

 

There is a common cultural perception that associates beauty with fairness, but Anitha has learnt through her daughter that beauty comes in all skin tones. "She's really beautiful," Anitha expresses her deep admiration. Having gone through life as a young girl, Reshma is keenly aware of the effects of these perceptions of beauty: "I wish we would look into people's capabilities and strengths much more than how they look physically, and value people for the things that they can do."

 

In this way, Reshma reminds her mother of her own beauty, "Just because you stay home it doesn't mean you're less strong. In fact, you're more strong Mummy - there's so many things that you do that a lot of other people can't do, I am so amazed. Do not ever think of yourself as lesser than anyone else."