Friday, June 21, 2013

Granny Darling

Married at 17. Widowed at 33, while carrying her 5th child in her womb. My Granny - Mrs Anjali Mazumder.

Destiny threw this challenge at her. She was young and beautiful, widowed and mother of five. And without any source of income. To make matters worse, all relatives distanced themselves from her, for they did not want six extra mouths to feed.

Grandpa was about 45 when he had that sudden heart attack. He was a simple man, and had meagre savings. In those (pre- Indepence) times, salaries were low as well.

As if God was not pacified by Granny's plight, He added more suffering. She lost an eye, one of her knees went stiff. But what God perhaps overlooked was the fighter in the lady.

She struggled, sold her jewellery, did odd jobs and whatever she could do to bring her two daughters and three sons up. All of them are established and successful in their careers, married, have children and even grandchildren. Today, at 96, when she shares her memories from those days, she grins and says, "I've relished being challenged by Almighty, and my success story is being told by the next generations!"

Passionate about education herself, Granny can speak English fluently and has taught us during our childhood too. She has a sharp brain and has an exceptionally modern outlook. We are truly inspired by her.

Her 96th birthday is on this 25th June. May she be there to guide us all our lives. 


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Unknown said...

Sensitive enough to speak in Hindi to the new granddaughter-in-law , so that she does not feel out of place. Magical , for sure.
Good write Angel, but thought that you could add a bit more meat to this ?

sudeshna said...

Simple words Angel you hav told a tru touching story. Naani is truly modern love her .still love to argue with her as I did when I was 16.

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

Mehroo Turel has left a new comment on your post "Granny Darling":

What a lovely lady! Her strength and determination has compelled God to bless her with a loving family whom I am sure she cherishes in her old age. Please wish her a very Happy Birthday!

(I deleted this comment accidentally, I am sorry)

Anupama K. Mazumder said...
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Anupama K. Mazumder said...

zarnab has left a new comment on your post "Granny Darling":

Such realtions are so pure!Happy birthday in advance to her!:)

(I deleted this comment accidentally, I am sorry)

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

Chandan Lahiri has left a new comment on your post "Granny Darling":

My SALUTES to the 'IRON LADY', who inspite of all the hindrances have always been positive, straight forward and decisive! The result is in front of all of us - the 'MAZUMDER JEWELS'. All credit must go to this GREAT LADY! She still is fighting it out, at this grand old age ......... ....positively..... with a clear frame of mind. Its a real previledge to have her in our midst! Long Live DIDA...PRONAMS!!!

(I deleted this comment accidentally, I am sorry)

My Unfinished Life said...

There are so many inspirations around us to live our life better....your granny is one such fighter..i am glad u wrote about her....but wished you would have written a bit more :)like another person commented...a bit more meat would have made it an awesome post!!

hindustanisakhisaheli said...

wow great respect for her :)

Kay L. Davies said...

I saw this on the Pets Forever website. What an amazing person your grandmother must be, and how fortunate you are to have her at the age of 96.

jahid said...

Very inspiring. thumps up to GrandMa!

Ruplun said...

Indeed inspiring

Sarita said...

I see quite a bit of that amazing lady in you - Anupama - the incomparable!!