Anecdote – Lesson by my grandma!

My grandma is a grand old lady nearing a century. If you look at her, she may appear formidable in the beginning and then a ringing laughter would ensue, dismantling the image you had conjured up in your mind. The fact is, she is both formidable as well as light hearted. A unique, delightful combination!

Born and brought up in a royal family ( Kharsawan, Jharkhand), she has always had that regal bearing. She believes in maintaining distance from her kids, grand kids, great grand kids as well as recently added a great great grand kid. And we are all supposed to behave in her presence. We rise when she enters the room and remain respectful in her presence.

During my childhood years, we lived with her, so, we had the opportunity to observe her from the closest quarters. I discovered her lighter side later in life. Initially, I was apprehensive of her. She commanded and the household ran according to her. But as I grew up, I discovered the lighter, fun side of her personality. There have been many instances when she would have us in splits.

Here is one such incident. One of our cousins was going to meet a prospective bridegroom. In arranged marriages in India, girls and guys are introduced by their families, they meet up, chat and then a decision is taken unanimously. 

So, this cousin was both excited as well as scared before her first meeting. Our granny called her and said, “If you like this man, try to do little something to make him fall for you.”

We were seeing another aspect of our grandma. We all asked, “what?”. She immediately showed us how to woo a husband – “Look sideways at him and then look down… blush… look up again at him… look down and blush again. And then smile juuust a little.” We doubled up with laughter!

I don’t know whether my cousin looked sideways at the prospective groom or not but they ended up getting married!

(Sharing a picture of my grandparents)

I look up to my grand old lady because she always had the audacity to laugh at all challenges that came in her life. In her almost 100 years of life, she has seen many ups and downs. All her peers are long gone now, times have changed but she has remained strong.

I adore her because she is quite broad minded, child like and her booming laughter lightens the most serious of situations. A great devotee of Krishna, she follows what the playful God  says – to celebrate life as it is!

Long live my grandma!

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52 thoughts on “Anecdote – Lesson by my grandma!

  1. Thank you or sharing your story about your Grandma. She sounds regal and well respected. But I love that you show her humanity and softer side despite her royal background. I can imagine her showing you ladies how to “woo” a husband and it made me laugh too. Wonderfully written story. I enjoyed your personal viewpoint ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. parijat shukla

    great to read this …my wife’s naaniji is nearing her 90s and a very lively and active social worker and also takes part in merathons for elderly ppl ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. This is so delightful to read. She sounds like an awesome person to be around and as far as I am concerned, she’s walking wisdom. I pictured the scenario of the wooing and looking sideways and batting eyelashes, very hilarious and lady-like too. Long live your grandma ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much Jacqueline for appreciating and linking my post. Yes, she is walking wisdom and there are so many things she has taught us. Thanks a lot dear for your encouragement๐Ÿ˜€

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  5. Thanks for liking many of my posts and following, Shivani. I have fond remembrance of my maternal grandmother, although she did not live a hundred years as your ebullient grandma, who comes across from your account as a lovely person full of joie-de-vivre. Indeed living a long life, and healthily at that, is a blessing by itself. I am a grandsire myself, but a hundred years appear to be a long shot and way beyond my frontier…best wishes.

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    1. Thanks a lot for your lovely comment sir. I loved your posts and would definitely return to read more. Yes, my grandma is a special lady, perhaps the deeply rooted spirituality in her makes her ebullient. Looking forward to reading more of your works. Thanks a lot for coming over.๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

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