How are you celebrating the V Day? I asked my grandson who was going steady with a colleague of his.
We have decided to celebrate in true Indian-American style, he said.
What do you mean by that? I asked quite puzzled.
Exactly what I said, The Indo American style, he repeated laughing.
You mean to say there is such a style of celebrating something, I said.
Yes precisely, he nodded.
Why don’t you explain how one celebrates something in the style you mention, I asked.
Have patience grandma, Just wait and see, he said laughing mischievously.
Have you bought a gift for Shilpa? I said.
Yes, I did but that’s going to be a secret between the two of us, he said.
So , Shilpa will have a surprise. I hope it will be a pleasant one, I observed.
Ofcourse, a very pleasant one, he stressed on the adjective.
Before I could embarress the youngster any further, the ring of the mobile came to his rescue and he disappeared but not for long.
He walked in arm in arm with a young lady, decked in shimmering silks and glistening diamonds.
Anitha, meet my adoring grandmother, she simply dotes on me. I am sure you will just fall in love with her as you did with me, he said.
Grandma, how do you like the ‘surprise gift’? he asked.
My jaw dropped and words failed me.
Perhaps my reaction of shock and disbelief conveyed all because he explained, Grandma, the surprise part is over and now comes the gift. I have gifted Anitha with a sari and a set of American diamond jewelery and insisted she wear them to please you.
Grandma, please bless your grand daughter-in-law to be and her fiance, he said even as they prostrated before me.
N Meera Raghavendra Rao