The Portrayal of Mother-Daughter Relationship in Shashi Deshpande’s Short-Stories
The Indian culture gives vital place to a mother. She comes next to God. As Devaki Jain points out, “everything life-giving is mother” (Devaki, XIX). Traditionally, she is likened to Shakti: The Goddess of power. In Hinduism, the words ‘Jagatjanani’, ‘Jagatmata’ and ‘Jagatdhatri’ evidence the prominent position attributed to the mother Goddess. “A mother is a woman first, and a woman is a mother as soon as she is born” (Usha Bande, 1). Due to this reason, a woman is often called ‘Ma’ or ‘Mata’, the world itself symbolises devotion, love, care and self-sacrifice. The mother is repository of all constructive values which influence the quality of life and transform the society. She is the creative, protective and centrifugal force in a family. The concept of mother has been treated with utmost care and concern in our culture and literature.