Ammi has been a father as well as a mother for the last 30 years to her family and a great support for Preetlari,for which she lived an austere life as the wife of an idealist.Her world in Sialkot was a comfortable one indeed as far as finances were concerned, although she had lost her mother at a tender age and the father had remarried, leaving the three siblings in the care of grandparents.Partition saw these children not having a home of their own.
A tennis player in her youth, a teacher in Calcutta in a school,the favourite Miss Walia as she was for the children,Gyani pass and quoting the scriptures as well as a treasure of folk idiom, song and dance.she never let her children forget they are special and should be khara, genuine and stick together for love of each other.Her sensitiviteis had been traumatised with the ravages that partition brought, as it took away her grand parents,killed brutally like many others.
Her soft and loyal side was a marvel to witness.She could cook up a wonderful meal and made the best chutney and pickles.Her nursing of the sick and woebegone as well as her charmingly delightful and great conversational art is something that the world needed to experience and emulate!
Her taking on the extremists and terrorists saying ,even , that if that was the lord’s abode from which death was rolled out to innocent people,may that it fall.And even as she prayed and counted on her Waheguru and did her prayers often, she never took back her words.Her sonSumeet and 25000 more had been dealt death by people who had hijacked her Guru’s great authority, after all!On Mothers’ Day ,this bold Sikh lady should be remembered especially for standing up for a violence free world for the children of all mothers.
She knew well the character of people who had provoked and frightened people into learning the martial art gatka durin gpre partition worries and yet had been the first to run away and that with the money from the holy places.
She stood with constant love for her sons during thetrials of life and her love for them was unconditional,and inspiring.
She would often say of her quick temper and anxiety prone nature that she was no devta,but her husband was right when in a story he was famous for writing , he called her touch the TOUCH OF A FAIRY TALE.she sure had the touch and authority and decisiveness of a queen, no wonder she played the role of RANI JINDAn to perfection in one of the plays staged by IPTA.
She gifted the magazine Preet Lari to become a Public Trust and is a Trustee, always standing up for the best of values.
Family and relatives surround her lovingly, especially Dr. Balwant Singh Tung who stood during her brief illness that is taking her away as a doctor and brother.
We celebrate the last days of a grand lady on earth even as she can now neither eat, nor speak but is conscious enough to know that she is passing away,bravely at that.