Joint family

Chandra Mahavir

Ever since I have known them, the Kataria family has been an exemplary model of togetherness. Despite having moved into independent homes, they are still bound by a common thread of love and affection. Indeed a rarity in today’s day […]

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Lalitha & Mahaveerchand Bhandari

What does it take to keep a joint family together? Is it easy to create a sense of space as well as togetherness? How does one foster interdependence as well as dependability among the family members? Is it about sacrifice? […]

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Anandkawar-Chowdhari

Peaceful co-existence is the essence of life, says this Rajasthani great-granny from Chennai. Baiji is a darling, her granddaughter says. She is an absolute darling, her grand-daughter-in-law says. She has taken care of me during my sickness even more than […]

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Serene Courage ~ Maharshtrian Great Granny Sushila Kulkarni

Serene Courage is how I remember this great granny from Nashik. At 85, her skin is as radiant as that of a young girl. Her serene gaze misses nothing and her warm demeanour draws people to her instantly. It is […]

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Samayika Sutra - Finding Inner Balance & Peace [Translation by Pratibha Jain]

To remain equally cheerful in the peak of health and comfort as well as in times of old age and sickness is surely a sign of equanimity within. ‘Sweet smiling’ is the phrase that comes to one’s mind as soon […]

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Hasumati Shah - Great Granny Interview

Every incident down memory lane with this great-grandma was about co-existence and togetherness. At 88, more than anything else, she misses the sisters-in-law (jethani) with whom she lived after her marriage. She does not think that in adjusting with each […]

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Saradha Rajamani - Grandmother from Salem

  The two topics that received her undivided attention and enthusiasm were grandchildren and traditional recipes. Mrs. Saradha Rajamani, a 75-year-old Tamilian lady from Salem is a mother of 3, grandmother of 4, and great-grandmother of 2. By her own […]

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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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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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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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Mankawar Fomra Great Granny Interview

To observe a comfort zone which is so vast that it can include men, women and children across four generations is a blessing indeed. This is my experience of last Sunday when I visited the home of Smt. Mankawar Devi […]

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Interview with Great Granny

  At times, an uncomplaining gaze can convey much more about life than a hundred words of plaints and pain. That is exactly what happened when I met Mrs Rasheeda, a homemaker from Chennai. For the first time, I realized […]

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Mangi Kawar Marlecha, a Great Granny from Chennai speaks about nurturing across generations

Having led a full life, she is an embodiment of grace and love. She finds it easy to connect with people, be it her contemporaries or her great grandchildren. She has created frameworks which induce a sense of well being […]

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Interview with Ina-Bholanath Talpade

Mr. Bholanath Talpade (77) showed us around the house filled with craftwork made by his wife Ina Talpade (75) – patchwork on bedspreads, embroidered sheets and saris, a magazine in which her recipes have been featured and a book with […]

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