Deepti Tarakanath is the founder and director of SHIFFT films. She has a deep penchant for storytelling and films happen to be her favourite medium. She is also a mother to a 16 year old and lives with her parents in Bangalore.
Secure, confident and highly individualistic of her choices in life, this mum shares a few glimpses of her life with Mums and stories.
“We were living in Kuwait for a long time as my dad was posted there as a cancer specialist at Al Sabah Hospital. Life went on a set assigned pace of us being there, coming to India for holidays and so on. The war broke out when my sister and I were India, to pursue our higher education. My mother had just come down on Aug 1st 1990 to visit us and Saddam invaded Kuwait on August 2nd 1990!
Life took a different direction after that. It was an excruciating two months waiting for our dad, who eventually joined us back in Bangalore, after participating in the evacuation activities in Kuwait. In fact he was one of the last few individuals to return from Kuwait after imparting his duties. The recent Hindi movie Airlift brought about a lot of those memories.
Life was good in Kuwait but yet it was very plain and dull for a child like me. I loved my yearly travels to India so much so that I decided to come to India soon after my 10th. I later pursued film making by doing a diploma in Mumbai and interned at various production houses. Film making as a hard core career profession has come to me only now after 20 odd years!
My parents are truly inspirational. They are the ones who have lived non- judgmental, loved us and given us unconditional care, even in their hardest times. Needless to say, they are very special to me. My dad apart from his medical position was inclined to encourage cultural art forms. He was the founder president of the Kuwait Kannada Koota and he along with his close friends brought some identity to an otherwise very subdued Kannada culture in the Gulf.
My mother has always been a homemaker and she is someone who looks for positivity in life, no matter what. She likes to be with young people and perhaps gets her energy from them.
My parents were also very cosmopolitan. Those days he was the patron of a group of Pakistani and Indian singers who called themselves ‘Saaz aur Awaaz’ ( It still exists today in Mumbai). This orchestra was dedicated to perform old Mohamad Rafi, Talat Mehmood, Manade, Lata Mageshkar, Asha Bhonsle, Hemant Kumar and Kishore Kumar numbers. We would have these mini concerts in our living room with almost 100 people crammed in!
The idea was to encourage and promote singers, musicians and artistes. They loved to entertain; I remember my mother would cook her well known bisibele bath and other Mysorean goodies (they always served it as Mysorean, and not Banglorean) for the whole crowd, single handedly. We saw so much of that cross cultural merriment growing up, that people are now surprised when we talk about it.
It was not just about exchange of gifts, food, songs and ideas. There was so much of the good stuff happening back then. More than anything else for a child it was lovely to be part of this melting point.
There is so much I have learned from them in my parenting journey. And one of them clearly is to be a friend to your child.
My journey as a parent has been beautiful with its shares of ups and downs owing to circumstances. But being a mother for me is easily the biggest joy. This happy energy does in a way rub off on your child. Happy you, happy child do make a happy world.”
Mums and stories wishes this interesting mum a great journey ahead.