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“One more coin in the pocket and the game is mine!”
Granny’s eyes light up as she awaits her turn, playing carrom against my grandfather, who is considered a champion in the family. She is a great player herself, but winning against her husband gives a different high.
My grandparents have been playing this game for ages and it is quite endearing to see them play even today. Grandpa, particularly, being hard of hearing, finds it difficult to engage with anyone otherwise and mostly spends time reading the newspaper. But his strikes on the board are a delight to watch. Just when you think you have the game in your hand, he would pocket 5 coins in a row, all from different directions, leaving you spellbound!
My grandparents also keep scores strictly you know, that too on paper, after every round. No game is played just for fun. You either win or lose. They do not always play fair though, often fighting over their game, accusing each other of ‘cheating’ or pushing each others’ coins around….all part of their everyday afternoon post-lunch routine.
I sometimes wish I was half as good as them so I could participate too but I can’t help watching and enjoying their banter and wish them more colourful years ahead.
“You guys don’t let me work, otherwise I would have finished washing the utensils by now…”, says my granny, after being caught, stealthily going into the kitchen to do her favourite chore. My mom’s compassionate pleas of “But you are old now, you have worked hard all your life, why don’t you take some rest?” fail miserably to convince her. “But I get bored doing nothing. I like doing kitchen work,” she smiles, her toothless smile.
What can you say to that?
And so begins the race to finish the kitchen chores before granny even gets a chance to do anything!
Trust me, it’s not that easy.
Once I stepped into the kitchen, a good two hours before lunch to see if I could be of some help, and lo and behold! lunch was already ready…thanks to her!!!
I never quite understand what drives her to work this way, relentlessly, every single day with such passion and energy….
hats off to the ‘Great Lady of India’ as my grandfather jokingly calls her…but that’s another story…