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Khageswari Devi: A tribute

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  31 Dec 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Married as a child, my grandmother saw everything in life one wishes to see in life. A mother of seven children, grandmother of 15 and great grandmother of 12, she was a strong and disciplined woman. She was an exuberant persolity and raised her children and grand children single handedly.

My grandmother was a woman of absolute discipline, woke up early in the morning, did her daily chores by herself, ate healthy and kept herself physically fit as well. She was a knowledgeable woman despite not having proper education.

She was well versed in literary works of many prolific Assamese and Bengali writers.

On November 23, like any other morning, she went out for a walk. Unfortutely, she stumbled on a piece of stone and collapsed. We took her to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and she was diagnosed with osteoporosis due to old age. Nevertheless, even in the hospital bed, she used to recite lengthy poems without losing touch of reality. She remembered everyone who came to see her. After two weeks, she was released and we got her home. She was not getting better and was bed ridden, a fact that even she disliked. On December 22, she breathed her last. She has gone for good.

He was 94 at the time of her death. Even during her last days, she had a sharp memory and retrieved many memories from old days. She might have been less educated herself, but she always encouraged her children and grand children for proper education. And that is precisely the reason we all stand independent today. She was a fortute mother because she has seen all her children become prodigious people. Not only this, she had a vast knowledge about tural medicine and nutrition. She had in her an artistic as well as a scientific side.

She knew about things that probably we read about them in books. She was known for her knowledge on folktales and origil proverbs.

To compile everything, I would say that my grandmother saw everything in her lifetime. She fulfilled her life and she has left for her home in heaven, because goodness belongs to heaven. We love you and we know that you are watching upon us.

We pray that your soul rests in eterl peace. We will cherish every memory that you have left us with.

—Upasa Sharma (Babi)

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