The Mother of Camps

The Mother of Camps

A typical Indian mother follows a rather predictable routine. From the time she wakes up in the morning to when she winds up for the day, her life revolves around her family which comprises of her husband, her children and, if living in a joint family, her in-laws too. Most mothers, whether working or housewives, hardly find any leisure time for themselves, let alone opportunities to learn new things.

Thanks to a two-day camp at Yeoor last week, several mothers from Thane took a much need break from their routines. The camp was organised specially for mothers by a city-based organisation called Renaissance, run by Tushar Pitale. Pitale, who’s a Thane resident, believes that mothers deserve a few days off from the everyday grind.

15 ladies mostly in the age group of 30-50 participated in what was called a Mummy’s camp. The two-day camp, held at a picturesque bungalow at Yeoor, was filled with informative sessions and training programmes on a variety of topics.

To start with, there was a session on Art of Living. Then they were taught ‘How to look impressive.’ Sessions on vegetable carvings, handicraft and cookery followed.   The demonstration of the technique of Ikebana left many women rather pleased. Ikebana, for the uninitiated, is the art of beautifully arranging cut stems, leaves, and flowers in vases and other containers that evolved in Japan over seven centuries

To address health related issues, there was a discourse on yoga and ergonomics. Issues like dental health, gynaecology, child psychology were also dealt with in separate conclaves. Self defence was taught using demonstration.

At night the women gazed at stars, an experience that many participants described as a return to childhood. Most of them said they had forgotten how heavenly beautiful the skies look at night, adorned with millions of shining dots. A high-quality telescope made star gazing even more delightful as many of them star-gazed late into the night.

A nature trail in the morning was perhaps the most adventurous few hours they had spent in years. Along with interesting information on flora and fauna that they received from the guide, they experienced several moments of sheer excitement.   At one time, the guide caught a chameleon in his hand, as the astounded women screamed. While they explored the dense forests of Yeoor, a few women expressed apprehensions over losing their way back.

Away from their families, the participants learnt a lot, enjoyed a lot and had a great time. But at the end of two days, they yearned to get back to their families and into their roles as mothers and housewives. Return they did, albeit emotionally recharged and armed with loads of useful knowledge.

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