She looked dapper in her, tracksuit and Nike shoes. Her wrinkles and gray hair strands were showing up. She smiled at herself, her confidence was contagious.
Meet Lavina who was in her late forties, and stayed in a plush housing society at Bengaluru.
A single mother of Ira and the founder of a music school, a philanthropist and a socialite. She was a perfect example of “make lemonade when life throws lemons at you.”
She had struck the perfect recipe of success. But it wasn’t an easy path either.
Lavina lost her husband when Ira was barely 3 years old. He left them with little savings, and some property.
Grief struck Lavina passed countless sleepless nights crying and cursing her fate Asking God why her?. After all she had lost her partner, soul mate and a friend whom she had dated for 8 long years. They had weaved numerous dreams together. And all were shattered in a moment. Lavina’s life froze, but the days were passing. Her parents stood as a strong support to Lavina and Ira..
On one such days, Ira went and hugged her mother. Wiping her mothers tears away, she said, ” I love you mamma, I will never leave you and go like dad.”
Little Ira was barely 3 years old, unable to grasp the exact situation, but she knew something is not right. As Lavina never played with her like before, nor read stories. Lavina hugged Ira, and cried unstoppable. It was then she promised herself. She would be living her life for Ira.
Lavina had to pick up the pieces and move ahead. The question of what next started bothering her. Her dad suggested why can’t she start music classes, as she was trained in carnatic music. She was hesitant at first but, it seemed doable to her. She spread a word to her friends and neighbors. Many around her knew, she was an amazing singer. And welcomed this new development and enrolled their kids.
Slowly and steadily, through word of mouth news spread, and her classes started doing really well. Admissions started pouring in, and she was busy all the time. With more students her income was steady enough now. On the other hand Ira was growing up into a beautiful and responsible girl with good mannerisms and culture.
It was Ira’s 12th birthday and tada Lavina handed an envelope to Ira. And when she opened it, Ira couldn’t believe her eye. She kept dancing with joy, “Mamma two air tickets to Dubai, is it real.”
“Yes, baby” replied Lavina.
It was indeed an emotional moment for them. As Ira had seen Lavina work day in and out to get these luxuries for them.
Dubai trip came as a perfect getaway for Lavina and Ira to unwind.
They prepared an immaculate five-day itinerary and executed it in utmost detail. Amongst many places they visited, Burj Khalifa and a trip to its 124th floor observatory deck and the panoramic view from there left them speechless. The Dubai aquarium, Jumeirah Mosque, Jumeirah Beach mesmerized them. The tour to the renowned Deira Gold Souk and the Deira Spice Souk left them awestruck. They came back after a memorable trip with many memories and new zeal towards life. They got busy with their lives again.
Lavina had something running in her mind since some time. And the recent escapade from the mundane life helped her in this thought process. She was considered the best music teacher in the town, and so was her music class. Many felt themselves fortunate to be trained under her while others who didn’t get a seat blamed their luck.
She now wanted to take the plunge, by starting her music school which could house many students willing to learn music. She discussed it with her parents, and her close friends. Everybody felt it is a great idea.
A premise was zeroed on in the central location. And inauguration was done to “IRA SCHOOL OF MUSIC.” She finalized this name IRA as it was the name of goddess Saraswati, and more importantly it was her dearest daughters name.
It was altogether a new and different experience for Lavina. Yet, she braced the challenges with optimism, and worked with utmost diligence. The music school was thorough professional and organized. Many of her old students too joined hands with her in running the music school. It was developing beautifully. Slowly keyboard, violin, veena, mridangam, flute lessons started at Ira School of Music. In five, years it was class apart with excellent facilities and infrastructure. Many students won accolades at national and international levels, taking the flag higher for Ira School of Music. Now there was no looking back for Lavina. She even judged a famous reality show. Lavina had never imagined she would grow to this level. The growth trajectory was amazing. Her loved ones were proud of her, and many others envious too. Her parents wished her to remarry, but she never obliged it. She was happy with Ira and her life.
Ira completed her twelfth class and took up Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree. Lavina was a proud mother of such an adorable daughter, who was very meritorious as well as supported her mother in all her endeavors.
Ira always looked at high rise apartment buildings with amazement and Lavina always wanted to own a property like that which showed the beautiful view of the skyline and the landscape. And now she wanted to invest in one such housing societies. She checked with various builders, hopped from one apartment to other. And finally fell in love with a pent house in Gulmohar platinum. Ira was on top of the world after she had a look of her new house. After a small house-warming ceremony, they moved in to their new pent house. Lavina by now, had earned a name for herself, she was a part of many music projects, and even did a lot of philanthropy. She provided free music training to music inclined poor students in her school. She even judged many competitions and shows. She was felicitated in different events and places. Ira completed her graduation and now pursuing her postgraduate studies. Many students from various other cities were keen on learning from Ira School of Music. So now, she is planning to open its branches in different cities. Blueprint of it is in process. And a new feather is awaiting to adorn her cap. And life moves ahead for them with new suspense and surprise at every step.
Archana. Mulgund Chappar