“I share a special bond with my granddaughters and this is the second time in the last 25 years where I am unable to meet them during the summer vacation because of the current pandemic situation.
I’m originally from Jangaon and after my marriage, I moved to Mulkalpally in Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district. We were a happy family even though we are into raising cattle and sheep. All the four of my children have moved to different cities after their marriages as they wanted all the facilities a city had to offer but I always wanted them to be aware of my humble village beginnings, so during every summer vacation, they would come back here along with my four granddaughters and spend some time with me.
They all love the village food indeed. I would make Sarvapindi and Bakshalu for them along with Tokku pachadi( mango pickle) and Sakinalu.
We would all sit under a big neem tree, eat fresh mangoes and talk about everything in life. I try to teach them all the things I know about cooking and other life skills and in turn, they teach me all about modern lifestyle practices. My granddaughter shows me old movies on her smartphone.
Every year, they would come here to the village during the harvest season and I would go to their place for a month to experience the city life by visiting bazaars and shops around – so basically we get the best of both worlds. This time, they cannot come here so I am trying to stay in touch with them through the phone because they are constantly worried about my health and wellbeing. I am also concerned about the overall development of my grandchildren. I agree that development and progress are essential in today’s world but it’s also important to stay connected to our roots. So I am trying hard to ensure they learn other life skills apart from handling laptops and smartphone devices.”
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