Monday, June 03, 2013
First of all the pain has lessened--thanks to both the Physiotherapy Sessions,Excercises and Medications.I'm now beginning to glimpse the glimmer of light at the end of the Tunnel..LOL!!By and by the Week had it's ups and downs.The downs were the continued increasing heat--each day worse than it's predecessor in climbing to a greater level of sweltering Humidity!!The up was a flying visit by my brother and Sil from Kolhapur en route to Europe for their Summer Vacation.It was a beautiful interlude for us--specially me as it meant a day spent in great company!!
Ashwini and Ritu went out shopping and Mall hopping while Sanju and I chatted--mainly about Sudhir.We both sat and listened to the Songs he had recorded and later viewed the short Videos that Sayali had recorded of him on her Cell Phone--it was very poignant and yet very heartening--and somehow it eased my pain too!!So since last Friday I've been living in a mood of nostalgic euphoria. Sudhir's sister Suhas too came over to meet Sanju as we all are first cousins and that was when the swapping of tales from our childhood started.We must have spent 4-5 hours reminiscing----about our old Ancestral home,our enigmatic Grandma Akka and her idiosyncrasies and last but not least about each of our individual childhoods in general.The surprising thing was that though our childhoods were so far apart of each other the fact that even today we can find signs of the old days in many parts of the old Town formed a common thread for us to string our memories on the same thread!!
Sanju's father our beloved Uncle Shyam had never wanted to marry because he was the only son who continued to live at home with Akka.That Akka was an unknown quantity and her moods were pretty complex to understand was actually the reason for his remaining unmarried.He had seen his sisters-in-law suffer at her hands whenever she paid his brothers a visit and since he lived at home his conscience didn't permit him to put any young lady in that unhappy position of sharing a hearth and home with his mother!!All this thinking and philosophy went for a toss the moment he set eyes on my Shashi Kaki---he fell madly and irrevocably in love!!They married in January 1961--he was 38 years old and she was 20 years old!!That Akka gave Shashi Kaki a very agonisingly hard time was apparent to all yet despite that it was Shashi Kaki who looked after Akka on her deathbed---keeping the bedridden old lady fed,clean and comfortable for almost the last 6 months of her life.Our beloved Shyam Uncle passed away in October 2010 and it was after that Shashi Kaki changed.Till then she was happy to live in his shadow--but today she has emerged as a prolific writer who contributes to the Local Newspapers and Magazines on a weekly basis.For me she has turned into a role model--and given me a new direction to follow!!I salute people like her and my mother--their sense of commitment over rode their personal differences to emerge in the selfless manner in which they gave freely of themselves whenever Duty called---contributing without a murmur to the well being of people who had wronged them grievously!!