My Mother Tara was the daughter of Shri. T. Krishnaswamy a freedom fighter and Smt. Sarada. She was born in Madras and grew up in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. She was a teacher of Hindustani classical music and Hindi language. She married C.L.Rajaratnam (a trade union leader in the banking industry and an employee of State Bank of India) and lived in Madras since then. She died in 2009 after prolonged illness at the age of 75. She was given her name “Tara” by Shri.C.Rajagopalachari (Rajaji) whose own grand-daughter was given the same name . Her father (my granddad) went to jail along with Rajaji and was known to have taught Hindi to Rajaji.
The first 4 photographs in this blog post are from the early 1950’s probably related to the first Central Social Welfare Board in India of which my grandfather Shri T.Krishnaswmy was a member . Tara Swamy as my mother was known, worked as her father’s personal secretary and interacted with many national leaders such as Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Smt. Durgabai Deshmukh. Smt.Indira Gandhi and other well-known leaders of the nation.
I had the privilege of serving my mother, taking care of her when she was invalid and bedridden for the last 2-3 years of her life. I worked all those years from her bedside (Thanks to Internet) and letting other family members care for her only when I made short trips to meet clients or communities I was working with.