A date with my mom would usually go like this: a visit to a Church, shopping for shoes and clothes, lunch, a movie and off to the spa. We try to have these bonding moments each time we can, and such days don’t have to fall on any special occasion.
Now, I’d like to stretch our usual one-day date into a week or two spanning 6 cities across India. Of course, given that your moms are up for an All-India tour and have the same little joys as my mom’s, you may also try to take the following route.
1. First, we go for a pilgrimage to Velankanni, the Tamil Nadu state which is home to one of India’s biggest Catholic pilgrimage centres, the Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health. My mom is a big devotee of the Our Lady. There, we can recite as many rosaries as she would usually do, especially on a Wednesday, and pray for good health and safety. Of course, depending on one’s beliefs and culture, other religious sites can also be found in Andhra Pradesh (Tirumala Venkateswara Temple), in Rajasthan (Dargah of Moinuddin Chishti), and in Punjab (Harmandir Sahib), among many others. What’s important is to start this trip with a moment of prayer and reflection with your mom. [I have not been yet to these sites, so for now, I’ll show you pics of Goa and Trichy.]