The Great Granny Diaries

Read these soulful interviews with great-grandmothers from across India | Pratibha Jain presents this engaging series about love, nurturing and culinary bonding across generations | First published in Harmony – Celebrate Age Magazine.

Anjamma Granny Interview

  Meeting great-grandmother Smt. Anjamma(73) along with her son Sri Chinni Venkata Subbarao (57) was like seeing two kinds of devotion – his devotion as a son and hers as a devotee for her Lord. In an unhurried manner, he […]

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Doraimmal Grandmother speaks

A grandmother of six and great-grandmother of seven, Mrs. Doraiammal Neelakantan is much loved by friends and family for her warmth and hospitality. As Mrs Chithra Viswanathan, who gave us her introduction, astutely remarked, “Discipline with affection is her success […]

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Jaikuwar Bai Lodha - Great Granny from Ahmednagar

Two days with an 89-year old great grandmother without hearing a word of complaint about aches or pains, or any sound of disapproval about the activities of youngsters, truly piqued my curiosity. Smt Jaikuwar Bai, wife of late Shri Motilalji […]

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Vedula Satyavati, a Great Granny from Hyderabad of sharp memory and unconditional warmth

  At 93, with her razor sharp mind , there is not much that misses her eye, and her words flow effortlessly and eloquently. She enjoys a good conversation and passionately talks about traditional recipes. She can even instruct her […]

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Shanta Kumari - Telugu Grandmother

  As the strains of the Carnatic song “Vara veena mridu paani” played on the keys of the grand piano filled the air, I stood mesmerized looking at this beautiful and radiant great-grandmother whose fingers glided over the keys. Her […]

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Radha Rani Mehra Grandmother

I am happy enough to learn recipes that are three decades old, but never ever imagined that one day I would actually see a pickle that was prepared more than three decades ago. I checked more than a dozen times […]

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Pushpa Deshmukh - Maharashtrian Great Granny

What makes Smt Pushpa Deshmukh, 75, remarkable is a clear awareness of her own potential and the courage to speak about life honestly. Without resorting to emotional excess or self-pity, she speaks in her Maharashtrian-Hindi dialect about the things that […]

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Geeta Hamlai Gujarati Great Granny

During my recent trip to Raichur, my host Smt. Mankanwar Mootha was excited when she saw my feature in the last issue of Harmony. “I just know the perfect protagonist for your next write-up,” she declared and continued, “Geeta bhabi […]

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Subbulakshmi - Tamilian Grandmother Interview

There are many first moments we witness in the lives of those around us – first birthday, first job, first meeting, and now, ever since I have been writing this column about great grannies, I am seeing the excitement about […]

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Nila Devi Shah - Social work in Pipliya

There are some who are ruled by circumstances and there are others who rule circumstances. Nila Devi Shah clearly belongs to the second group. She may not have liked that tiny village of Pipliya in Pali District where she had […]

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