STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Summer vacations of a bygone era

During my school days, I spent summer vacations with my grandparents in a village in Kerala. My school issued a student concession form which enabled me to buy train tickets at half the price.

Published: 06th May 2017 04:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th May 2017 02:51 AM   |  A+A-

During my school days, I spent summer vacations with my grandparents in a village in Kerala. My school issued a student concession form which enabled me to buy train tickets at half the price. Those days, it was valid for only passenger trains which stopped at all stations. My mother packed food, snacks and water which lasted the entire journey.

My grandparents eagerly awaited my arrival. A few cousins also came there during the holidays. Grandmother prepared sweets and savouries for us to relish. We were encouraged to take bath in the village pond even though there was a well in the backyard. The pond had enough water even during summer for us to dive and swim. We washed our clothes on the stone steps of the pond. A walk to the village pond, swimming and a visit to a nearby temple would make us hungry.

Grandmother never cooked food without taking a bath. She also took a dip in the pond and visited the village temple. After reaching home, she would perform a pooja. She then picked up dry wood from the cattle-shed at the backyard, lit the stove and prepared food. The food tasted divine, since we were hungry.  Jackfruits, bananas and mangoes grew in the backyard of the house for us to pluck and eat.
After food, we sat with grandfather on the veranda. Grandfather taught us stories from the epics. He taught me the art of wearing a dhoti. There was a good collection of books on various subjects in the house which my aunts and uncles left behind after their studies. There were also similar collections in the neighbouring houses which we could borrow, read and return.

The evenings were spent in visiting temples or playing with my cousins. There was a park near the village. Songs from a radio were broadcast to entertain visitors to the park. We munched roasted groundnuts sitting on the grass. Dinner was eaten early and we went to bed thereafter, because we were expected to get up early in the morning.  We learned good values from our grandparents. Saying goodbye to them was the hardest part.
Nowadays, children in cities do not like to visit their grandparents in villages. They go to summer camps and pursue different skills in sports and arts  These coaching camps come with hefty price tags. They also play e-games on laptops or fiddle with smart phones. Gone are the days when one sat at the feet of grandparents and imbibed life’s little lessons from their experiences and wisdom.

Email: mailpsubramanian@gmail.com

Stay up to date on all the latest Opinions news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp