Monday, September 2, 2013

Grand Mother

As a part of the Write Tribe Festival of Words which kickstarts 1st September and will go on till September 7, I am writing about the 7 relations in my life, without even one of them my life would lose its meaning. These seven people are very dear to me and I hold them very close.

Grand Mother - 

Hi Baa!!!(that’s what we gujjus fondly call our granny) I used to shout everyday when I was back from work. Then we would have our long chats, gossips and cribbing sitting on the terrace. That was our daily ritual.


That day she was sitting on her favorite chair. But I was in awe when I saw her as I entered the house. She was wearing a cobalt blue saree with floral design which had a silver border. She had complimented it with a hexagon diamond studded pendant at the centre of a platinum necklace. I was very pleased to see her in that avatar. She suddenly looked a decade younger. She had just returned from the get-together of the ladies of our community and the theme was ‘back to the golden days’. They were required to carry a picture of their younger days and dress similar to that picture of theirs. In this amusement we shifted to the terrace for our daily round chatter.

Sensing my tacit impatience she said that’s my picture of early days after marriage son, I was the president of the women’s cell of our community and was at its annual meet when this picture was clicked. You looked breathtakingly beautiful Baa I murmured to myself and she loving embraced me into her arms and pecked my cheek. I rest there in her comforting brace and soaked in the warmth of fostering bosom.
She always understood what I wanted, never had I to tell her a thing. She was there to talk to me, when I needed to talk to when I was sad, scared, upset of just anything like that. She would listen to whatever I wanted to say. She understood me as young kid who hated going to school and wanted to play all day long. She took care of the adolescent lad and made sure he did not fall prey to the changes of heart. For me she was all I needed. For all my questions she had appropriate answers. She quenched the thirst of the wandering and restless young mind. Whatever she did was very precise, articulate and as beautiful as her. Whatever she touched turned into a masterpiece. She would turn worn out things into absolute treasure. As a child my craft was a big headache and she was my ultimate savior. She was particular and precise in everything from waste papers, to used match sticks and ice-cream sticks, to brooms sticks and old furniture and marbles she would design and turn them into wonderful things. Everything she did was so beautiful and so perfect. From manicuring the terrace plants, to cooking her special daal, from weaving woolens for the toddlers, wearing her sarees in a particular style, putting on her vermillion and bindi, she had a unique and standout style.

Upbringing off six children and a joint family to cater. With guests increasing by the day and money was always scant. But still would posses her calm and never crib. A smile would always rest on her lips.

But on that fateful day god took her away. It was just a day short of my 24th birthday :(

Sitting on her favorite chair,
at the door,
she would stare,
thinking  of her younger days
when she first entered in,
crossing the doorstep
all of sixteen

The house, into home,
Single handedly she had build,
the joy and the pain,
of her first born child,
watching them play,
wondering how fast they grew
vanished all her bane

upbringing six children
and joint family to cater,
with increasing guests
by the day, money was always scanter,
full of worries was her platter,
but still would linger
her tranquil and calmer

her plants were missing her touch,
the house gods searching for her hums,
she has gone and I’m left sad,
but I remember, of me,
how proud she felt,
once again that makes me glad !!!

Love you BAA
~ KARAN

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62 comments:

  1. What a lovely tribute to your grandmother! I enjoyed reading about her. She must have been a very special lady!

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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    1. glad to have you here Kathy...yes she was indeed very special :)

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  2. Grandparents <3 <3 <3!
    This is indeed a very good and emotionally connecting read :)

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    1. glad you connected to it...thnx for dropping by :)

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  3. This is such a beautiful tribute to your grandmother, Karan. Very heart-warming! :)

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    1. thank you so much Shilpa...keep reflecting :)

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  4. Hi Karan, the perfect tribute to Baa. I can see her beauty through the post that describe Baa's image. superb:)
    www.vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com

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    1. hey Vishal welcome to my blog...i am glad you could see her through my words :)

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  5. A touching tribute to your grandmother. I can see she was very special to you.

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    1. yes dear she indeed was...keeping dropping by :)

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  6. What a wonderful tribute to your Baa. She sounds like she was a woman of rare beauty, wisdom, and strength. You have been blessed by having her in your life. Thanks for this beautiful story.
    Penny
    http://pennymcdanielspiritualguidance.blogspot.com

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    1. thank you so much Penny...i agree i'm very blessed to have had her in my life...welcome abode to the journey on my blog :)

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  7. Heart warming tribute.
    I never had much chances to have so close relation with my grandparents, as we were seas apart. But still enjoyed all the moments spend with them.

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    1. hey Ritu welcome to scribble...i sure can relate to how much you must have enjoyed the time spent with them :)

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  8. Hey Karan,Hifi for writing a superb post.Unfortunately am one unluck soul.I never met any of my grandparents.

    But after this,am sure my granny would have been the same,full of love & warmth.:)

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    1. Hifi Dev...i am glad it made you feel so :)
      welcome her and hope you have a pleasant stay :)

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  9. Thank you for sharing your grandmother with us. I'm sure she lives on in you. I miss my Nana too. Every day.

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    1. hey Talya she has never left me...not even for a day...keep reflecting :)

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    2. and I'm so happy for your are now following me...thanx a ton :)

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  10. what a beautiful tribute to your baa.

    I love your theme for this seven day...seven relationships in your life...awesome, karan!

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    1. i'm glad you love the post and also the theme...welcome to my blog :)

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  11. Hi Karan...An excellent tribute to your grandmother. I was reminded of fond memories of mine. :)

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    1. welcome here Aparna...i'm glad it brought back fond memories :)

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  12. A very heartwarming and obviously heartfelt tribute to a special person!!

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    1. thank you so much...keep dropping by :)

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    1. I'm glad that was visible through my words :)

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  14. Loved this post which details small exchanges and the intimacy shared. After reading this post, I felt like meeting her and talking about many things. Thanks for leading me here, Karan. Much appreciated.

    Joy always,
    Susan

    P. S. One suggestion: The curly font makes it a bit difficult to read the post. I would be glad if you kept the font style simple.

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    1. it gives me immense pleasure and happiness that my writing provoked such desire in you...i'm truly humbled :)

      PS: your suggestion is well taken !!!

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  15. This was such a nice tribute to your grandmother Baa...

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    1. thank you so much Mahabore...welcome to scribble :)

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  16. Karan this is a warm tribute to your Baa.Grand mothers have a soft corner for their grand children.I love my grand children. You are also like them. God bless you!

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    1. thank you so much for you kind words and blessings 'Baa'
      lots of love - Karan

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  17. first thing i noticed about ur blog is the font...i kind of like this curvy font, seems like one's own handwriting!

    and grandma's are the dearest souls we can find, isn't it? this tribute to her was fantastic!

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    1. hey Titli welcome to scribble....glad you liked the font as well as the post :)

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  18. Beautiful tribute to a loving Granny, she must be smiling reading your post. Touched my heart and made me remember my Dad, whom I lost a few years back.Take care...

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    1. hey Sulekha welcome to my blog....i'm glad it touched your heart...i've even written about my Dad on the first day of the Sevens...you may even check out that here - Father

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  19. What a sweet tribute to your grandmother. I miss my dadima too.

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    1. I'm sure that feeling is mutual to all grandchildren
      welcome here...keep reflecting :)

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  20. Hi Karan, Loved your post..heart touching :)

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    1. hey neha thank yo so much...keep dropping by :)

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  21. Hi Karan. Lovely post. Relation with grandmother is always a special one and we cherish it throughout our lifetime.

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  22. Karan it is a lovely post. Very touching. Relation with granny is a special one and one that every individual would cherish for a lifetime. Loved reading the post.

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    1. welcome to scribble Padmanabha....yeah very true the relation with granny is always cherished by one and all :)

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  23. God bless your granny! I am sure she is looking back at you with the same kind of love that you still have for her.
    Nice post. But I did have one crib - the font. I am afraid it was a trifle difficult to read.

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    1. hey Rickie welcome to my blog...thanks for your inputs...even Susan pointed it out...and your point is well taken...I have made the required changes in my next post :)

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  24. Such a lovely post...I loved your description of your grandma when she dressed herself according to the gathering theme...beautiful...All the best Karan

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    1. thank you so much for your feedback and wishes...glad to have you here :)
      good luck to you too.

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  25. Your words spell out the love you have for your Baa. Grandmothers are the sweetest!! Aren't they...simply loved the description of her being dressed in the blue Saree...I could actually visualize her beauty!!

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    1. welcome to scribble Aditi...i'm glad my words had a visualizing effect...you made my day :)

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  26. Very harming tribute to your grandmother. Nicely written Karan.

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    1. thank you so much Jyothi...keep reflecting :)

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  27. Wow ! Karan ! Just loved your post, you have expressed so well, words seem to be just flowing... glad to have met you here, thanks for sharing !

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    1. I'm glad to have you here as well...welcome to my space Angela :)

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  28. A very sweet tribute to your grandmom! Would have loved to see a picture of her in her beautiful blue saree!

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    1. hey Roshni it is an old one and that days you didn't have digital cameras...so could not upload it...would have loved to otherwise...even the scanned copy wasn't clear :(

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  29. That was such a beautiful post...

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    1. glad you liked it...thank you so much Smitha :)

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  30. Gosh 52 comments!!!!! WOW!!!!

    What a wonderful wonderful tribute to BAA!!! There are lots of things which are common.... God bless you and BAA! :)

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  31. Your love for your grandmother is flowing through your words. She must be really blessed to have you as a grandchild. Reading this, she'll be smiling from up there. God Bless you, Karan!:-)

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    1. thank you so much for such kind words Rekha...it means a lot :)

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