Living with young grandparents

Living with young grandparents


My grandparents are a cute couple who completed 51 years of togetherness in March,” says Aakriti Jain while Mehwish Khan says, “My 90 plus grandmother is not an oldie but a ‘chatori dadi’!”

The changing times have made nuclear families a trend and amidst busy professional lives during the day that extend to parties in night we have almost forgotten the importance of elders living in our homes. But with the Grandparents Day around the corner, youngsters open up their hearts to Metrolife and share the truths about their relationships with their grandparents.

Some youngsters are blessed to have both grandparents and feel that there is absolutely no concept of a generation gap between them. Akriti Jain, a 22-year old Mass Communication student, says, “My dadu and dadi are super cool. They are old but very young at heart. Infact, they go to kittyparties more than I do!” It seems age doesn’t matter for grandpas and grandmas have become as young as their grandchildren.

Mehwish Khan, a 22-year old professional shares her dadi’s likings. “My dadi is just old in age. Otherwise she is like a small kid who likes to eat outside food rather than homemade stuff. From chips to Frooti, she loves it all. She relishes all these even though she has just one tooth and that is why I call her Chatori Dadi!” she laughs.

Not all share such cordial relationship with their grandparents though. Vikram Setia, a 25-year old, who works in social media marketing lives with his 90 plus grandmother but hardly finds time for her. “In a day I get to spend maximum half an hour with my grandmother. I used to be close to her as a kid like when visiting the temple or handling money but with time we have developed a neutral relationship. It could be the generation gap.” But there are those who do not feel the gap even though their grandparents are strict.

Harish Kumar, a 20-year old student says, “I have been living with my grandparents since childhood and I spend the maximum time with them in my family. Taking them out for various reasons and getting what they want is a part of my daily routine. My dadaji is a
little stubborn and gets angry at times but then I sit with him and utter nonsensical dialogues to make him laugh. After all, they are our elders and demand attention.”

Unlike earlier, grandparents don’t narrate just fairy tales but also proffer advice on various issues. Akriti shares, “When I was a kid my dadi narrated stories to me but as I grew up, my dadaji started asking me about my career choices and often gives me very sound advice.”

All they need is attention and love. Mehwish says, “My dadi demands attention but it is only because of her that there is liveliness in our home. When she goes to live at my uncle’s place, the house becomes dull and we miss her tantrums.”