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WITH YOU, MAA, WITHOUT YOU, OH MAA!

Author Name: Ali Peter John | Format: Paperback | Genre : Biographies & Autobiographies | Other Details

I have been trying all that I can do to describe my mother.
How can I forget all that she taught me about life love and more love?
Wasn't she a much greater teacher than any of the teachers who have taught me lessons about life?
Wasn't she even greater than God who I have been believing in for as many years as I have been living?
Wasn't she more beautiful than all the woman I have seen, met lived with, try to love, understand and have failed?
Wasn’t she a simple but very powerful challenge for God, the god in whom she had all the faith in and believed in, even though he did not listen to her prayers, calls and cries?
Wasn't she a mother who was a glorious example for other mothers to follow?
Wasn't she a good daughter, a great sister and a saviour for all those who needed her help and she gave help to all those who needed help without asking any questions and without thinking about whether they deserved help or not?
On August 18th last was her 101st birthday and even as I think about her life, which was cut short by her God(?)
Cut short when she was only forty-five years old and had many other ambitions and dreams to fulfill.
I wish to make one more effort to sing the praises of my Maa because the more I praise her the more I want to praise her.
This little book is my offering and my prayer to my mother on her birthday.

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Ali Peter John

Ali Peter John has had several problems with his name. He does not have a ration card, nor does he have a passport, all because of his odd-sounding name. He is an M.A. in English literature from the Bombay University, but he believes that he has learnt more in the University of Khwaja Ahmad Abbas than he has learnt at the university.
He was writing for India's prominent film magazine Screen for forty-eight long years and his column, Ali's Notes, has been accepted as a landmark by the film industry and readers who has been following him. He has written in almost all the newspapers and magazines of India on a variety of subjects about films. He has published twenty books during the last twenty years in his own way. The most prominent book according to him is his autobiography, Life-Bits and Pieces, which had its cover designed by the renowned painter M. F. Husain, the autobiography has also been translated in various languages. His circle of friends includes all the legends and down to Shah Rukh Khan.
He has been living his own simple life without expecting anything from life. He is now writing for a leading Hindi film magazine Mayapuri and at 71, he writes at least two articles every day. Some of them are his contributions to Facebook. He hopes to write till he can no longer write.

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