Saturday, 12th November, was the 5th anniversary of the passing away of my paternal grandmother. To commemorate her, I am posting an article I wrote, on Grandfather’s book, Itihas, Nepalma Nari Jagaran Awastha.. Lots of love always!
Every child should have a grandmother like mine. She was never too busy for me, she never got mad or screamed and she never turned me away. I remember our nap times when she would tell me stories, sometimes about her life as a little girl. Since I was raised in the city her childhood reminiscences were way better than any story books I ever read. My favourite stories from her were about some talking animals like the monkey and the alligator or stories about wolves, especially when I went to visit her in Inaruwa (our country house outside of Kathmandu City). There were stories, that there are wolves lurking around in the village, and every wolf story used to fascinate and scare me to some level at the same time. Her stories always had a good moral to it, which I presume has taught me to be a good, kind, better person.
I loved spending time with my grandma very much. I remember times when I used to sneak off from my house and run off to her house which was just across the yard from ours. She would let me wear bright red lipstick (her favourite colour), which my mom wouldn’t allow me to do. And every time mom came looking for me she would sneak me off to the bathroom and rub off the lipstick so that I wouldn’t get into trouble.
She was also such a great cook. Her rotis were my favourite, especially when she would be making them and it puffed up she would say “Look Chuchu, its puffing up just like your cheeks”. And that would get me so excited. I would tell everyone that when my gran makes roti it puffs up just like my cheeks.
She was the most attentive person to me. Having her attention when I was telling her something was like having the sun shine on me. But then the sun set when she passed away about a year ago. However, having these wonderful memories of her still makes me feel like the sun is shining on my face.