My grandma is a great source of delight to me. She has been a constant presence throughout my life. Though a Tamilian, she can converse in various languages like English, Hindi, Kannada and Telugu. She is a mother of four and a grandma to the seven of us. I must say we made sure she had an exciting time taking care of us. My grandma was very strict in certain ways. The constant lesson that was drilled into my head from my very tender age was to walk with my head bent and not to laugh too much. She would say “ponnu siricha pochu, pogayelle viricha pochu” literally translated as “a girl smiling is equivalent to spread tobacco leaves” I must say this would often leave me confused and I would run to my mother and pester her to explain to me, what the meaning is? My mother told me that if a girl smiles too often she attracts unwanted attention. And this could lead to all type of problems. (This being unwanted attention from the opposite sex). Another familiar remark during my childhood was “inda vayasile perukaravan kooda manmadana theriyuvan” literally translated as “in this age even a sweeper will look like a prince” this again would lead to all type of arguments. My mom I must say the very epitome of patience would explain in detail to me saying that, when a girl was in her teenage, her eyes are filled with wonder and innocence and she would fail to recognize the reality of life and would instead romanticise everything. I must say my grandma’s advice has stood me in good stead till date. Her sayings have often puzzled me and more often than not we have had some good natured arguments (I loved to argue with her just for the principle of it, naughty of me I know) till date. Being the first grandchild I hold a special place in her heart as she holds in mine.