The beauty of India doesn’t lies in in it’s metropolis rather its soul lies in it’s villages and their cultural traditions, relationship and affection they put in their families – Ruskin bond.
I hope all of us agree with the statement above right !!. How many of you had this privilege of living in village or being brought up in joint families ?
In the process of growing up from toddler to kids into adolescence, knowingly or unknowingly we develop a more deeper affinity towards that one person in the family whom we admire the most.
So how many of you here are mom’s kid and daddy’s princess ?
I’m neither of them, I’m the Granny’s child. I can see some weird faces. It’s not like my parents had abandoned me. It’s a different story.
So yeah, I used to live with my granny till I left for high school. And that’s nearly two decades I have spent with her. And I was grateful for her unconditional love and her teachings.
I think we all of us have this preconceived notion that people who are senile tend to be more superstitious n we hardly pay serious heed to their suggestion and end up taking them for granted.
But, it took me years to realise that “Expertise can never be bought and shall never be ignored”.
Let me narrate few examples from my life —
As a kid when I used to return home after evening tution classes I was advised to take bath prior to dinner or else, the entire thing you are eating ends up getting into a dog’s stomach ( that’s what my granny believed). But, As a hungry kid I did the complete opposite. However it’s when I was in my 10th grade I realised having bath after supper creates a pressure difference between atmospheric pressure and ur body pressure which in turn leads to blood in stomach getting circulated to various parts of body leading to indigestion. Granny was right.
I was told as a kid to –
Always make up my bed every morning, and hang on the wet towels after using to dry up, which I never did
Never ever skip your breakfast , which I used to do frequently.
Do at least 20-25 crunches and sit-ups each day, which I completely ignored.
And, then I left for my +2 to a city and used to stay in college dorms. But, it’s there I realized skipping the morning meal is making me lethargic and if done on daily can even can lead to type-1 diabetes. And each day when I used to return from classes I could see the messy bed staring at me and the crushed wet towel oozing scents of lavenders all the entire room. Soon I realized making your bed early morning is the simplest thing one can do as it brings out positive vibes. Granny was again right.
Year 2012- Andhra University – Vizag
This time my granny was not happy as I was moving very far to a distant city and could not visit her often.
I was advised to never involve in any feuds, stay grounded and humble. Never betray anyone, and if you do so God will snatch something in larger proportion than what you actually did. Work hard, Anything that comes easy goes easy. I was like okay.
We used to have this very famous food vendor called as sekhar baddi who used to sell delicious south Indian snacks ‘mirapakai bajji’. The very good thing about this guy was he always used to bill after having the snacks and he barely keeps an account on the count of snacks every customer had. Mostly, he bills by the number what the customer says. That’s the trust he has on his customers. However, we all have this gang of friends who always involves in doing some fabulous stuff each time. We always used to pay for n-1 or n-2 bajjis we had. And this continued. Somewhere a bit of guilt started to advice me, I was being involved in betraying him. …….and It was second semester of college and I bought this brand new fatty textbook of B.S.Grewal Engg mathematics. Unfortunately, I forgot to keep it in a safe place. Before I could even realize that sem is approaching I was depressed to see the textbook being robbed.
But, it’s after few weeks I found there was a science behind this story too. Can someone guess what would it be ?
It’s Newtons third law, For every action in the world there is an equal and opposite reaction.
And this time I realized that granny was not again right. Rather, she was always right.
It’s been few months she left for her heavenly abode, but her principles and words of wisdom always strikes a chord and resides in me.
It’s ironical that how we are surrounded by these people with minds full of wisdom and decades of personal expertise, but how many of us sincerely utilize then rather we end up searching for words of wisdom, helath tips in pages of Instagram and Facebook feeds.
A small conversation with these beautiful old souls can enlighten you with knowledge that is worth a million bucks.
Let’s take sometime out of our busy schedules to spend some quality time with these senile kids.
Let’s raise a toast to all those beautiful grandparents who made our summer vacations much more beautiful.