Amma the AGM

Written by my bro on the occasion of mom’s retirement after 36 years of service in Federal Bank.


Dearest Mummy Sir,

Do you remember , how Michelle spontaneously started calling you Mummy Sir after watching you at work in the bank .  There will be no grandmother in the world being addressed so- Mummy Sir. Lucky you. 

Some days ago, when we were talking about your farewell, it stuck us – how do we imagine amma  without federal bank. Its unimaginable!   The bank was so much of a part of our lives, that this farewell seems so surreal . 

So we thought . Let’s  walk down the memory lane and bring out those little cherished moments from our life . Surprisingly , its all crystal clear in my mind,  though some dates back 20+ years.

First thing I can relate from childhood is the frequent change of our schools- Thanks to your transfer every 3 years.  Its still so vivid , those Days , when we used to come over from the school to nellikunnu branch, go along with timothy chettan across the street, grab  watermelon juice- Sit impatiently till your work gets over, and then head back home late evening . I used to think back then – never end up in banking field. Its a never ending job and you are never home before 8 .  But look at the funny side of fate. I ended up writing software for banks. So I guess banking is in our blood. 

What’s the biggest disadvantage of having both parents as bank managers? – child will never learn to write a check or draw a DD . Everything related to banking is done by parents .  And added to the misery, people will expect child to know by default all nuances of banking 🙂 . We were no different. Though online banking has made it fantastically convenient now. 

How much we missed you Mummy when you were away in the bank trainings -whether in Pune or Aluva . I can see myself as a 9 year old , gleaming with pure joy when I saw you returning from one such training which lasted for a week. And you never forgot to get us toys even on such trips.  

It’s those little things that keeps you apart Amma. Your energy in getting everything done , whether it’s in managing a Rs 100 Cr portfolio, or getting a Rs 100 gift for your grand son .

Federal bank has been always an extended family . Your genuine colleagues and friends are going to miss being around you. I am sure amma, for hundreds of women in the bank, you are the epitome of success .Taking along family and work in harmony.Strong in both the worlds. Giving priority to both as needed . I can proudly say amma – they don’t make woman like you anymore. 

If there was one such thing we’ve learnt from you and dad – give your 100% at work and in life .  Had daddy been with you today, he would have quoted below from Baghvadh Gita . 

Karmanye vadhikaraste ma phaleshu kadachana – 

“You have a right to perform your prescribed action,but you are not entitled to the fruits of your action. Never consider yourself the cause of the results of your activities,and never be associated to not doing your duty.”

You and daddy taught the value of making choices in one’s life . You exhibited honor in your profession and never succumbed to temptations of easy money. Those values did matter Amma. As kids, it increased our belief in leading an honorable life and career . 

The trust you had in us and freedom you provided to us and I am sure to your coworkers as well , instilled confidence , built a sense of responsibility and nurtured our growth. 

Amma, When you stand at the finishing point of a 35 year marathon, you can Look back , take a bow and be proud of leading a fantastic career and living your dream all along . You are the best mother, grand mother , mother in law , wife, friend and boss ! This is not the end . Your journey had just begun – Wish and pray that  the next phase of your life will be adventurous and fulfilling , just like the one you had ..

Love , 


One thought on “Amma the AGM

  1. Leo, I first read this on my mobile, when you posted it, from a hospital bed 🙂 (That is another story, for another day – I’ve recovered, and am back in action now 🙂 )
    I could not write in and thought I would, definitely when I was back. Somehow life and its hectic schedules prevented me from doing so, till now.
    And today, as I read this, I feel all choked up. Your brother has written from the heart, in the most touching way possible, and drawn us all in, into the wonderful atmosphere of trust, of integrity, of love, and the true faith of doing one’s duty.
    What a beautiful tribute to your mother.
    I still remember you tweeting once, on a hartal day, in Kerala, how your mother went ahead and opened the bank, and worked. And how proud you were. And still are, I am sure. All of you. Deservedly so.
    My best wishes and regards to her, though I be a stranger 🙂
    Wishes to you too, on the New year. 🙂 It’s still the first quarter, so I guess I can do that!
    God Bless!

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