Every culture the world over is equivocal in its respect for a mother. India too abounds in its share of poetry, literature and art in praise of the mother.
One of the most popular and profound one being SHYAMCHI AAI a Marathi book written by Pandurang Sadashiv Sane, also known as Sane Guruji by his students and followers, the Marathi author, teacher, social activist, and freedom fighter from Maharashtra, India. While most narration of the mother praise her for her ability to give life SHYAMCHI AAI is unique in its portrayal of a mother as the one who imparts her children with their first lessons and life affirming values that guide and inspire not just the remainder of their own lives, but also countless others they come in contact with.
Shyamchi Aai is hailed as one of the greatest tributes to mother’s love in Marathi literature. hyamchi Aai is an autobiography of Sane Guruji belonging to a Brahmin family in Konkan region of rural Maharashtra during British Raj. Chapters in the book are named ratra meaning “night” in Marathi. Every passing night the story takes you into the family setting in rural Konkan and its beautiful seaside landscapes with adjoining ranges of Sahyadri. This book is representation of the sincere love of mother for her child. Also the story was adopted into a film with same title that was directed and produced by Atre.