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Role Model

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My Grandmother – Dadi as we called her – was a pillar in my house in Patna. Being a woman who had seen The First World War, Second World War, The Independence of India along with major upheavals in her life had ultimately shaped her to be a super-strong woman. She came from a rich household and was married into a rich household. The Manor House that she lived in was huge by all standards. I remember her in a crisp clean white cotton saree because she became a widow when I was two and a half years old. In my head of heads and in my heart of hearts she has always been my role model.

My life revolved around my Dadi. She was the eldest in the household and hence in a conservative  Indian family was the one around whom everything revolved. Her quiet power controlled all her six children and their families especially ours as we lived in the same house. Now that I am older I would love the life she had. She never got a degree but was very proficient in reading and writing. She used to write a diary everyday. She even published a book. Her love for knowledge and reading kept the whole house very close to books and studies. How a mother can influence the family can be seen in our house.

Dadi used to pray and meditate everyday, practising her mantras and breathing along with posture. She was a vegetarian. These have become a popular lifestyle nowadays. She preferred cooking for herself even though she had many maids running around her. She would cook special meals and they were always so good. She always encouraged me to pray as well. Because of her I feel I remember so many of the sanskrit mantras which over the years I heard my father and aunties recite as well.

She was a very kind and compassionate person. She genuinely had love for her people and was always there to help out when she could. Her poster bed, chair, cupboards, verandah have a special memory even now and the awe around her household used to reverberate in the whole area. Discipline and punctuality was inherent in her. These are some of the things I would love to emulate. Her humour is worth mentioning and the wit. Mentally sound till the ninety two of years life she has definitely shaped my life and many others. I owe my happiness, career and success to the characters that she helped to build in me. My Dadi will always be my role model.

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Comments

29th February 2020 at 12:34 pm

May the Divine bless her.



29th February 2020 at 12:40 pm

Thank you so much



29th February 2020 at 2:10 pm

You were indeed blessed to have such a wonderful example of love as a child to learn from. I am sad that in the US we don’t treat our elders with the kind of respect they deserve. I had very little time with my grandmother’s but I cherished the time I did. What a lovely piece. Have a blessed day. Love 💕 Joni



29th February 2020 at 4:48 pm

Aww thank you – the thing is we are learning from each other so much and we should be able to pass this on to our kids



29th February 2020 at 7:15 pm

Sounds like a lovely person



29th February 2020 at 7:52 pm

Awww 😍 thank you



2nd March 2020 at 1:16 pm

Beautiful ode to your grandmother.



2nd March 2020 at 6:04 pm

Thank you 🙏🏼



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3rd March 2020 at 1:25 pm

Role model is really important in life and you are so lucky to have one. your greatness that you remember and recognise.



3rd March 2020 at 1:56 pm

Awwww thank you 🙏🏼







6th March 2020 at 5:24 pm

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8th March 2020 at 12:02 am

She sounds like a lovely role model, and you were blessed to have her until a ripe old age 😊



8th March 2020 at 3:33 am

Absolutely amazing person-thank you



16th March 2020 at 11:58 am

She sounds like a wonderful and most worthy woman. Unfortunately they don’t seem to make too many like that any more.



17th March 2020 at 3:55 am

World is all changed now. Thank you 🙏🏼



23rd March 2020 at 9:36 pm

That was beautiful. What a nice role model.



25th March 2020 at 5:19 am

Thank you so much 😊



13th May 2020 at 1:53 am

Such a well-written post.



13th May 2020 at 6:25 am

Thank you very much



25th June 2020 at 1:28 am

I was blessed to know both of my grandmothers. They were wonderful people. I’m grateful for everything I learned from them.



26th June 2020 at 3:26 am

That is so nice to know. Indeed blessed.



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