Our maternal grandma
Written from a great poem in “Nam Nagarathar Group”
( Nagarathar are great business community of Tamil Nadu who are extremely rich and extremely cultured . Their contribution to Hinduism is unparalleled . Do you know that Ganges water from Allahabad is taken daily to Kasi Viswanatha Temple for anointing by this community. They also are maintaining the great Visalakshi temple in Varanasi. The number of temples they have got repaired in India is countless. I have made the poem a general one , by deleting references to that community in the original poem.
Please read it and all of you would start the great contribution that the maternal grand mother does in each of our lives and we all wish to thank her again and again.,)
I have several relations like ,
Aunts, uncles, brothers , sisters and cousin,
And I have always seen my maternal grandmother ,
Always obeying each and every one of them,.
And this is a small effort in eulogizing her by a poem.
When I was spending my time,
Sleeping in the womb of my mother.
Oh Grandma who with great care and concern,
Did you not wait for pregnancy to end.
Oh Grandma who was greatly supportive,
To my mother to deliver me out,
Oh Grand ma who carefully served ,
My mother whose entire body was paining.
Oh Grandma who cooked food that does not harm,
My mother who was still not completly Okay,
Oh Granma , who advised her how to,
Take care of me with care when I was a little babe,
Oh Grandma of love and affection,
Who trained my mother to properly feed,
Me when I was hungry and crying ,
And made her an expert in taking care of me.
Oh affectionate grandmother mine ,
Who used to get jittery and tense ,
If I cry even after taking milk thinking,
It may be insect bite or indigestion or stomach ache.
Oh Grand mother who told my mother,
Oh Daughter do not get nervous ,
And do not make a big list of what it could be,
This is the way he would cry for different problems.
Oh Grandmother who was never greatly bothered,
Whether I was given birth with love or just like that ,
Or in a way without any problem whatsoever ,
And would take care of me with all attention.
Oh Grandma who was good and well-bred,
Who used to invite the entire village,
Take them all inside the home ,
Made me wear silver anklets and bangles ,
And also made me wear small golden ring in my fingers,
And used to become very happy ,
After kissing me with love and handing me to her daughter .
When my uncles children ,
Were down on earth and crying,
Oh Grand mother , you used ,
To always keep me on your lap.
You would make me sleep ,
By singing lullaby , “Oh Gold,
Oh gem , Oh new diamond ,
Oh garland of flowers made,
Of golden bells which is difficult to see,
Oh grandma , you never used to bother about yourself,
With a firm conviction that my comfort are much more important.
I have never forgotten any of my summer holidays,
And I have never spent my vacation without going to Grandma’s home.
Though you used to play several times ,
Snake and ladders and the game of Pallankuzhy,
Seeing the laughing faces of your grand sons and daughters,
You would always get defeated in those games.
Every day and every minute you used to got joy,
When you offer several and several types ,
Of sweets and savouries that you make after great toil,
And see us eating all of them with great glee.
Without ever forgetting , Oh Grandma ,
You used to tell us about the greatness and fame of father,
And also tell us in detail the religious rituals,
That we have to adopt by telling stories after stories.
When after spending vacatin with you ,
When we all refuse to go back to our homes,
Hiding great sorrow in your mind, Oh Grandma,
You used to send us all back to our mother’s home.
The Sweets like Manakolam and the unbroken Murukku,
THenkuzhal and cheedai that you used to send with us ,
Would greatly sweeten our toungues for a long time.
Right from the time when we were little ones.
Till we grow up and till we get married ,
You used to suffocate us with tonnes of presents.
With out getting any pay and without taking any gifts,
You were the full time grandma for us ,
And you used to toil for the next generation ceaselessly.
With experience as your only education,
You used to be a maternity lady doctor,
Then as paediatrician and expert ,
In bringing up and nurturing your grand children.
You would also cook various types of dishes ,
And we have never seen you taking any rest at any time..
Summarising you were always much greater than a robot ,
With one terahertz speed and several gita bytes memory ,
And I am seeing you grandma as a great philanthropist .