I was brought up by a strict father who worked as an engineer and then later as the Manager of a factory from where he retired two years before. He used to drive miles in his car to and fro workplace, and also got engaged in other religious and social activities after work. In my memory Appa was always glued onto machines and cars. But the past two years revealed to me a side which I never imagined him to possess. Appa has become a smart farmer in the little space he owns. The picture offers a glimpse at his labour in trying to grow ivy gourd.๐ŸŒฟ He gets a good yield of beans, red spinach, ginger and turmeric and also medicinal plants like tulsi. ๐ŸŒฑHe waters and manures the plants regularly, borrowing fresh cow dung from one of our neighbours.๐Ÿ That’s not the only change which I want to scribble down. Last month he surprised the entire family on his birthday by stitching a short skirt and a gown for his three year old grand daughter. He patiently sits with the tiny tot for almost an hour on the steps while she imagines them travelling in train all the way to Pondicherry. Quite graciously he plays the roles of the engine driver cum tea vendor cum cleaner cum passenger cum the TTE๐Ÿค“

Well, Appa in his sixties has turned into a new leaf. Yea, maybe, sometimes old people can teach you brand new lessons in life๐Ÿ˜œ.

8 thoughts on “Metamorphosis

  1. Beautiful observation, Nithya. But I fondly remember the strain Appa took to meet each and everyone’s needs,inspite of his hectic schedule. Maybe the hectic schedule made him strict and short tempered!๐Ÿค— Now he is a sweet tempered Grandpa! ๐Ÿฅฐ


  2. I agree with you. That is what we call metamorphosis. โ˜บ๏ธ He finds time to mend his grand daughter’s broken toys, play with her and patiently help her understand many things by talking in a language she understands.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š


  3. I was struck in the world of hesitation while reading books.. I couldn’t complete many
    But this took me back to the world of a true reading experience…
    Miss let me know when you write more..
    Remembering, “if you fall in love with a writer you never gonna die”…
    Thank you Miss for this wonderful creation… Looking ahead for more..


  4. Lovely piece, Nitya. Brings back memories of my father and his transformation from a hard boiled accounts and admin person to a great helper around the house. After his retirement Appa took special care to dry vessels well and made a fine art of drying out clothes. It was sometimes funny to see this… But I’m quite proud of him to have gone through this.


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