Tuesday, January 6

The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.

Grandparents are like trees. They never fail to give us shade and fruits. Though in today’s fast moving lives, we do not have enough time to sit besides them and benefit ourselves, to listen to their stories, their experiences.

They have things to tell us that could solve hardest of problems. They are fountains of thoughts. They teach us loads of things. Grandmas never run out of hugs or cookies.
I realised this in the past 10 days I got to spend with my grand mom- naani ma. Though I spend time with my daadi ma and dada ji, but I know, being modest, I too fit the category of fast paced life that has got less time for grand parents. These 10 days have been like a blessing to me. Badi mom and I were home alone as my mamu with family were off to a vacation. I had to stay back and take care of her. By god’s grace, she is healthy, but inactive- relaxing in her late years.

Badi mumma used to tell me the stories of her life- one thing I got to know is- the phases of a woman’s life- daughterhood, sisterhood, womanhood, wifehood, daughter-in-law-hood, motherhood and then grandmotherhood. I realised what differences does a woman has to pass through in a lifetime- that will certainly back me in my years to come. She taught me with her experience that without losing your individuality, your career, how does one have to justify her relationships in life.
She told me that she attended a convent prior to independence. And contrary to the systems prevailing in those times, she was married at the right age 22.
She has been a brilliant cook (now she has taken a Voluntary retirement though), and also used to take cooking classes. I got a chance to learn secret recipes from her and also some exclusive cooking tips :D (now u guys know that the inspiration behind my culinary skills is genetic ;))
One another thing I learnt with her is the value of time. Since I completed my academics, I had lost the habit of routine. I woke up and slept and abrupt timings, never had meals on time, had the fast food habits and also balanced diet was long forgotten.
While in Chandigarh, I used to wake up at 7 in the morning, make her tea, collect news paper, get milk, make breakfast and carry out other little house hold chores in the early morning in chilling winters. I bathed right in the morning. No lingering on, no procrastinating. (Even my dad is real amazed on my active-ness since I’ve come back.) All of our moms do the same things, but only we don’t realize how they manage. I did and had a chance to know.

She passed on her valued fortune as a legacy to me- the ethics, the experiences, and the difference of right from wrong. She isn’t a traditional grand mother who complains about her grandchildren’s modern outlook, but she is a fine blend of modernism and traditions. She instilled me with her caring, nurturing, loving, giving, helping traits. And I feel I am a different person- a lot better than I used to be.
In my personal opinion, one should spend more time with their grandparents to be a better being. Sometimes they feel neglected, that is the worst thing we can do to them in return of what they give us- love nd affection. I love you badi mumma and miss you too :)

15 Obiter Dicta (Comment here):

Kartz said...

Heart-warming post buddy. Felt so good reading that... So damn good. Thanks.

Peace. Be well.

And congratulations on your awards. :)

Anonymous said...

hey richa, grandparents are very special....u got me the memories of my grand mother who was closest to me untill 3 yrs back when she left.........

they r very special.....

one of ur best posts!!!

too good :)

Praveen said...

great to read that post
you did learn quite a lot from ur grandma and its sure to keep u in good stead all your life..
I liked it all the more bcos I lost my grandma 2 weeks back

Phoenix said...

awww :)

you reminded me of my grandparents... and i cant even reach out to them..maybe someday i will when i will go to meet them personally.. but that has to wait sometime...

Dewdrop said...

Agree... they are the biggest repository of hugs, love and affection... Do share some of those secret recipies thou... :)

Pranav Kumar V said...

See!! Its good to go on a vacation once in a while and what better place than granny's?? The only time I wake up by 6 - 6.30 (otherwise its 6.30 - 7!!) is during my vacations!! I cook, I play around in the garden... fun all the way!!

Hail Grannys (Granpas too, for all those candies :P)!!

Have fun!! See you when I see you... :)

Chriz said...

hey what happened to my comment.. i wrote abt my granny and how she tells me stories even now.. i liked this post....


Trinaa said...

i luuuuuuuuuuurv my grandparents..to b near them gives me sense of security :))))

Mads said...

i loved the quote of grandparents being the simplest toy.
nice post and got me really senti abt my grandparents..my mom's side ke grandparents are alive and wow they are like my best friends :D \:d/

Toonfactory said...

Hey real cute post...heart warming...thoughtful and very timely when kids from nuclear families are unable to understand why a Ganny is cooler than Pakemon...

I got confused..which one is ur actual blog and guessed this one is..am I right??

Thanks for visiting and commenting my blog...keep visiting :)

Richa said...

@ Kartz

m glad u liked it :)
n thnx..

@ Sam

yeah agreed totally.. :)

@ praveen

I know tht praven, so vy unfortunate to learn about ur granny.. may her soul RIP..

Richa said...

@ Raka

u can visit my grandparents for the time being :)


@ Dewdrops

yeah, at my food blog ;)

@ Pranav
agreed totally :D again!

Richa said...

@ Chriz, Ki and Blogtwin

due to some tech difficulties, i lost ur comments, but i remember them :D n have them in my inbox..
thnx for all ur comments..

n m glad u guys liked the post..

Richa said...

@ Tinni

m glad to know tht :)

@ Mads

gr8 tto know tht.. grandparents have to b treasured buddy :)

@ Toonfactory

:D lolz.. wat a comparison,, granny n pokemon!!
anyways, thnx for dropping in..

yeah this is my personal blog :D
i know, i too get confused wen i open my dashboard.. making over too many frnz blogs these days :D

divesh said...


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