A tiresome trip always lightens up when my grandmother AKA Ammamma (which means mother’s mother) joins us. She is a ‘shero’ with many powers. She has the power to deal with me and my sister as we tease our mother for her motion sickness. My Ammamma loves to play games with us and even answers my tricky questions. She has the power to prevent us from boredom during our journey.
We all once went on a short vacation to Kerala. Ammamma, being a minimalist, had recommended me to buy eco-friendly things which are not only good for our planet but also healthy for us. I was quite amazed by her vantage point of spending on sustainable products.
We had a boat ride near the backwaters, and I was astonished that my grandma knew how to row a boat! I took many pictures of her and with her in the harbour near the special nets used for fishing. Some were candid photos. A picture is worth a thousand words, right?
Wherever she goes she wants to taste the authentic dish of that region. Unwilling to miss that, we gave a shot to an Onam feast called Sadya. My grandmother gave me a few traditional tips to have a feast in a banana leaf. After having the sumptuous meal, we visited a famous temple nearby. There, she enlightened me by telling spiritual stories and I also learnt the moral, “Patience is a virtue” while waiting in the long queue.
At the end of the trip, my grandmother suggested we buy some souvenirs as a sweet memory. She has a lot of souvenirs in her showcase, each with a different story. So, we bought a wooden boat and a sculpture of a Kathakali dancer’s face made of wood. She left no stone unturned to make the trip very memorable. It’s a no brainer, why I love going on trips with my grandmother. That was one of the most exhilarating vacations I have ever had.