The Cradle

Curious of all the commotion in the neighboring room, a heavily pregnant Pooja went in to have a look

She saw numerous beautiful wooden toys, silverware and an exquisite handcrafted cradle!

That’s the cradle of Amey’s grandfather! Amey himself and now Amey’s child will play in this cradle, her MIL beamed.

Pooja was stunned looking at all the treasures and listening to the memories her MIL was rattling away looking at various things in the room.

Pooja had been skeptical about delivering the baby in the ancestral home. It was in a small town with good hospitals around, but she was vying for the luxury hospital in the city.

Pooja could see a baby Amey in the cradle, as her MIL shared beautiful memories.

In that moment she realized, the warmth of memories and love of people would be the best luxury she could offer her baby.

Linking up with Mayuri and Tina for #FridayFotoFiction

Post Author: nehagpatwardhan

Neha Tambe is a freelance social media marketer, writer and influencer. I studied mass communication and worked in various capacities spanning from journalism, copywriting to social media marketing. Blogging from the past 4 years. Founder and Owner of

38 thoughts on “The Cradle

    Sharvari Paivaidya Mehan

    (November 20, 2017 - 5:39 pm)

    Beautifully conceptualized and written on photo fiction. Loved the thoughts on family bonding as the best luxury a mother can offer her child.

    Dine Delicious

    (November 20, 2017 - 5:45 pm)

    So true.. Though such things are lost in today’s world. But much appreciated the way you brought them back in this article.


    (November 20, 2017 - 7:00 pm)

    Loved the take on the pic. I agree, about the bondis of family being the best to give to your child.

    Neha Sharma

    (November 20, 2017 - 7:45 pm)

    Loved reading your take on the photo, there is so much love and positiveness in your post.

    Amrita Basu (Misra)

    (November 20, 2017 - 9:26 pm)

    What a beautiful story .Relationships are precious it grows only if we let it be.

    Geethica Mehra

    (November 20, 2017 - 10:31 pm)

    Many times we realise later that our in-laws have the same warmth as us but from a different perspective.


    (November 20, 2017 - 11:07 pm)

    That is a beautiful short story. It touched a chord within. It is so important to realise the true value of relationships.

    Alpana Deo

    (November 21, 2017 - 12:02 am)

    I could feel the warmth of memories through your post. And it reminds me of the cradle I played in. That cradle has traveled to most of the families in our neighborhood. Its hard to count ho many babies have played in it

    Charu Sareen Gujjal

    (November 21, 2017 - 2:17 am)

    This is so well-written. Well thought and expressed. A beautiful read.

    Nayantara Hegde

    (November 21, 2017 - 2:42 am)

    Beautiful. Having a baby really changes minds and people.


    (November 21, 2017 - 2:51 am)

    True- its so nice she realised this. nothing can compensate for the love and warmth of our kith and kin


    (November 21, 2017 - 7:29 am)

    That’s a beautifully weaved story … Love and affection has a place far above than luxury

    Kavita Singh

    (November 21, 2017 - 9:08 am)

    Awww how beautifully you penned it down. The memories, feelings emotions are all the treasures of human life 🙂

    Priyadarshani Panda

    (November 21, 2017 - 9:48 am)

    Ohhh yes and my MIL got the same silver ware for my son which my husband used as a kid and his jewellery was the most touching gift ever..sometimes we need to let go our apprehensions to realise the beauty of life

    Dr Bushra

    (November 21, 2017 - 10:44 am)

    That’s beautiful written connecting to the value of culture and ancestors.

    Aesha Shah

    (November 21, 2017 - 11:35 am)

    That is so true. No luxury can match the warmth of dear ones.


    (November 21, 2017 - 12:51 pm)

    Beautiful! In the end, it is love that matters.

    Mahak @babyandbeyondin

    (November 21, 2017 - 12:56 pm)

    Aww that’s so sweet of her MIL. And so true though…its important for the mother to stay positive during pregnancy and labour and the care, love and support of loved ones can make a huge difference.

    Anagha Yatin

    (November 21, 2017 - 2:49 pm)

    A heart warming take on the prompt Neha. Comforting presence of the near and dear ones is the best luxury one can have!

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    Rohan Kachalia

    (November 21, 2017 - 5:14 pm)

    That left a smile on my face. SUch a heartwarming post, Neha. At times, all is needed is the warmth of near and dear ones during labour as it eases out lots of nerves.

    Rashi Mital

    (November 21, 2017 - 6:57 pm)

    that’s so right, Neha. none of the worldly wonders can be compared to the love and affection one can expect and get from family. and esp, when one is pregnant. the oozing love, care, and pampering is just so heartwarming. lovely take, Neha. Cheers!


    (November 21, 2017 - 11:57 pm)

    The love and warmth of family is always good and lucky are those who get it.

    Mayuri Nidigallu

    (November 22, 2017 - 9:23 am)

    Now that is a happy realisation, isn’t it. Nothing can beat the warmth and love of tradition.
    Thank you for writing for #FridayFotoFiction

    Dr Dhanya Prajesh

    (November 22, 2017 - 9:59 am)

    So true…warm memories and love is the best luxury for all…love ur write up…

    Jyotirmoy Sarkar

    (November 22, 2017 - 8:52 pm)

    Wow !!!! so beautifully penned.
    Love and warmth of closed ones…the greatest luxury of life.
    Loved it a lot.

    Tina Basu

    (November 23, 2017 - 6:37 pm)

    That’s a happy realisation. Love of family is any day better than luxury. Thanks for linking up with #FridayFotoFiction.


    (November 24, 2017 - 5:38 pm)

    Beautifully written and love the amazing bond within the family.btw the cradle looks super gorgeous

    Nikita Dudani

    (November 25, 2017 - 10:11 pm)

    That’s a new perspective on cradle! liked it.

    Neha gupta

    (November 26, 2017 - 1:40 am)

    That is a beautiful thought and very nicely written. Loved reading the short story ..


      (November 26, 2017 - 11:13 am)

      Thanks Neha


    (November 26, 2017 - 11:39 am)

    Loved the way you captured something as simple as a cradle. You definitely are someone to look out for!

    Afsha Galar

    (November 26, 2017 - 2:47 pm)

    What a beautiful take ! Took me back to the time we had when Haniya was born and we went through a similar phase


    (November 26, 2017 - 4:15 pm)

    Very inspiring and beautiful story. Great thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

    Sejal Khanna

    (November 26, 2017 - 5:37 pm)

    Beautiful narration. True value lies in relationships and not material wealth. Loved it.


    (November 26, 2017 - 9:01 pm)

    Beautiful! Very heartwarming. I had similar thoughts when I was given such kind of things for my kids from my mum and mother in law.


    (November 27, 2017 - 4:56 am)

    Lovely story – love the nostalgia and the promise 🙂

    Amrit Kaur

    (November 27, 2017 - 8:48 am)

    This is a beautiful story! It shows how important relationships are. We should stay together.

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