Joint family

Lalitha Mahaveer

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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