It feels a bit odd to be writing a letter to you when I know you are fast asleep in the bedroom right next to me. But there are so many things that I have always wanted to say and at times they may not come out verbally as beautifully as they do through a letter. As most of them usually say and so do you, Akshu you write well- I hope I write a letter which conveys my feelings and I succeed in expressing how much I look upto you.
You are 80 now though as most people say you don’t look your age – I love the fact that you take care of yourself, nourish your soul and worship your body. You go to the saloon and get a beauty treatment done, buy that pair of jeans and apply lipstick and eye liner before you go out- I admire that you treat yourself so well. Unlike most people your age who look older because they fail to take care of themselves, they give the excuse of age but for you age is merely a number.
You have always been a trend setter in many ways- the 60’s in India where women hardly worked- you pursued your career relentlessly. After being a mom of 2, and having a full time job, you studied in evening college and completed your Masters degree. I am an ambitious woman and my appetite to excel and keep moving forward is what I believe I have inherited from you.
The way you hungrily devour the newspaper or a book and talk animatedly about politics makes me so happy to see that you take keen interest in things and that has not dwindled with age.
The way you always encourage me to excel at work, quote examples from your struggling days, talk about how important it is to love oneself and nourish our soul- I will always be thankful for these nuggets of wisdom.
You lost your soul mate after 58 years of togetherness, I can only imagine the immense pain you went through and how difficult it must have been to pick up pieces of your life and start living again. Its been 3 years now and its heartening to see how you have rebuilt your life and you are happy.
My heartfelt thanks for being such an awesome grand mum and here’s wishing you many more years of happiness. Live life queen size- this is what I learnt from you.
(Dadi is my maternal grand mum)