Chitthi Na Koi Sandesh, Jaane Woh Kaun Sa Desh, Jahan Tum Chale Gaye…
Was going through the memory lane of my “Nanaji’s” life. The hand that will never give blessings anymore…
Hi Readers, sometimes all you can do is smile, move on with your day, hold back your tears and pretend you’re okay. But deep down inside you know that you are not. Isn’t it?
Grandparents are necessary to a child’s growth just as the essential vitamins. Their family and financial management skills have no competition. Think about it – Are they not the most sorted grownups we look upto?
For most of you, during your childhood, they are the ones who shower unconditional love, they are the ones who spoilt you to the fullest and they are the one who understand you more than your parents would in many case cause of their affection.
You always know whom to ask for when your parents denied you something…
But as they say, time does fly and moments never last forever. There comes a time when our grandparents will leave us. And eventually, the time will come when you are suddenly “grandparent-less”. One day changes it all and reality hits harsh and we need to accept it.
It’s been 10 years my “dadi” and 4 years my “dadu” left us for their heavenly abode. They were remarkable grandparents and I feel lucky to have the privilege of growing up with them. My “nani” had already passed away when I was 3 years old. But last week, I lost my last grandparent “My Nanaji” at the age of 86. There’s something truly tragic that happens when the last blessing hand is taken off from your head. When they leave, an entire generation is swept away and part of our past goes missing. The days go on, life moves on, new generations are born. However, the pillars of our family have disappeared.
When I think back about my childhood time, I get a rush of all my wonderful memories with them. I wish to go back to that time when life was simple and things were better.
The things I miss the most:
- Mouthwatering food by my “dadi”
When you think about the best cook in your life, one of the first people that pop up in your mind is your grandmother.
My “dadi” was an amazing cook. I still remember “unke hath ke samose” and bread roll amongst others. I still remember that taste as that was unique. But as much as I or my mom tries to emulate, we can never replicate her finesse in the kitchen.
- “Dadu” being my math teacher
My grandfather was a super genius in Math. He was a civil engineer of his time, just imagine.
I had many good math teachers in school, but my “dadu” was always by my side to check my math sums and guided me if I needed any help. Even at the age of 84, he was a pro. I miss him for this and other things he helped me with.
- Nanaji’s birthday celebration
I looked up for a visit to my Nanaji’s place every month. It is “Nanaji’s” place for me since my “Nani” passed away when I was a lil kid.
My memories of “Nani” exist in the family stories and black and white photos only. There was always one or the other reason to visit his place. Nanu house is a blessing. For me, holidays meant a trip to “Nanaji ke ghar”. My “Nanaji” was truly a man of honor. One thing I will really miss about him is his great sense of humor. Our Nanaji’s birthday used to be a celebration for us all. The whole families and the cousins’ reunion, we all used to come together and cherish the bonding with each other. He never missed celebrating his birthday, not even once. He loved family gatherings.
I feel so lucky that my “Nanaji” attended my wedding last year.
- Receiving a big hug from them
There was nothing like giving and receiving a big hug from my grandparents showering unconditional love they used to ponder on us.
Guys do share your memories with your grandparents in the comment section below.
Though the ache in our heart won’t magically go away, we will require sometime to accept the feelings and to learn to cope with losing a person who is near and dear to us, by talking about it.
Their memories will stay with us forever in our heart. Blessed to have been a part of you all.
Love and miss you my grandparents. You gave me an amazing childhood that I’ll cherish for ages!