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Under-35 Memories
An Optimistic Teacher by Rupali Seth Print E-mail

(Editor’s note: Rupali is the daughter of P.K. and Savita Khanna, and the great-granddaughter of Amma, about whom Mrs. Khanna has written in the book Dadi Nani: Memories of Our Grandmothers. The purpose of this contribution is to show the similarities and differences between the lives of Rupali and her great-grandmother.)

My early years were spent in Fiji and Dubai. When we returned to India, I was ten years old, and it was difficult for me to adjust to the climate, food, and people. Then my parents moved from Mumbai to Jaipur, where I studied from 6th to 10th standard, and this is where I became familiar with and adjusted to Indian traditions. In Fiji, Dubai and Jaipur, I studied in coeducational schools, which, I think, help build healthy relations between boys and girls.

Nana Ji’s Resonance by Shruti Gupta Print E-mail

When I returned home from college for Christmas break in 2004, I found a blue, 35 cent, wire-bound notebook — creased along the edges — and a prayer book that still smelled of my Nana Ji’s tiger balm and aftershave. The notebook, with my grandfather’s prayer book hidden between its pages, lay dusty and abandoned in one of the boxes that we forgot to unpack after we moved into our new house in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Though the journal entry I wrote shortly after my grandpa’s death reflected the profound sense of grief that I felt at the time, it was also intended to celebrate my Nana Ji’s life rather than mourn the loss of it. Despite the occasional spelling mistake, the smudged pencil marks on the yellowing paper, and the choppy sentences, this particular journal holds more sentimental value than the tens of others that fill my drawers at home.