Dear Nanda Aunty,
I wonder why I call you aunty when I call the rest of your sisters, ‘akka’, a riddle am yet to figure. I know I know a bad start to this letter, but that’s what came to my mind. 🙂 Sitting here at the cafe, I picture you and wonder why is your cape missing. A superwoman from the word go, you have played a million roles for your loved ones. So I wonder where should I begin this letter from or what should it really say. Then again, why channel feelings when it is ready to explode. This is a long due letter because as always I suck at expressing it in real. 🙂
A Wonder Woman with a Cape – Nanda Aunty
It always leaves me in awe, how you deal with life. That’s actually quite the wrong word. You live life and not deal with it. You live it with pride. Nanda aunty, a Wonder Woman who is ready to shatter the world to protect the ones she loves and whip some serious ass of the people who do wrong. Being the older sister to your 3 sisters and brothers, I have always seen them talk about you fondly, even though they may actually be extremely irritated with you. 😉 Even Mummy and Uncle for that matter, you have stood by each one of them through their life, always pushing them to be better and to have better lives.
Come to think of it, you have been a support system to each one of us. Your family, friends, neighbors(us) and even strangers who you felt needed it. I wonder, from where does all this come from. How do you find soo much love to give? (Though, it is in a weird scolding way 😉 lol). It never seizes to amaze me, how you have fought your own battles with grit and a smile on your face. But fought them along with other’s battles too. You have always been this badass woman, who gets what she wants. You inspire me and many, to be unapologetically yourself and be proud of who you are, not arrogant but proud. That smile on you and the jovial self, stands as an example that being happy is in your own freaking hands and noone else can ever do that better than you.
You sure have an invisible cape, Nanda aunty. Maybe you even know of it and yet never acknowledge huh? 😉
The Things You Do and Your Determination – Kudos to You
I admire and envy you, on the million travels you take. Going alone is not even an issue and making friends is like the switch and click, we are friends sorts with you. It’s instant. 🙂 Your independence and the need to do everything you wish to do, is one of the many reasons I look up to you and say “I wish, I grow up to be her”, every freaking time. The umpteen treks you take off on for months together, with the sole intent to travel and experience, is inspiring. Ever so often, the responsibilities and people hold you back from doing what you love. It’s a dilemma as your loved one’s matter as much. But you showed me always, that it is also about ‘You’, not just others and you should think about what you want too. It is not selfish to love yourself and indulge in what you love.
From teaching life skills to the village women- kids, to decorating your home to embroidery to treks to farming. You do it all and somehow are always ready to do more. Your determination when you set your mind to things, is a life lesson in itself. A standing ovation with a bow down will never be enough. We often applaud the celebrities or others for the things they do and the work they do for lesser privileged. But often forget to look at our backyard, where the women near you are much more inspiring than any celebrity. Being modest is a virtue and it’s in abundance in you. 🙂 The point being you are awesome!
You are a Hero
Yes you are. To your family, your sisters and to us. You are a role model to girls around. You are my hero who has a part of Appaji in her. So you are my double hero. I remember your friendship and the love you guys shared then. Everytime I meet you, those memories flash by and I can almost feel Appaji smiling away. Thank you for standing by us always amd for being a friend to Amma. Thank you for guiding Abhi and me throughout our lives.
It warms my heart everytime, you introduce me as your second daughter. I literally wana go ‘Yeah! I have 2 badass moms’ 😉
Nanda Aunty, you mean the world to us and we love you to the Neptune and back. 🙂