Tech savvy granny no more

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Tech savvy granny no more

 
Aged 106 years then, Rosakutty, the beedi-smoking great grandmother reached an Akshaya centre a kilometre away from her house twice a week to learn how to handle a mouse.

Rosakutty’s interest and witty remarks then caught the attention of even foreign media gaining instant recognition for the State’s IT programme as a successful project. Three years have passed and Rosakutty passed away unsung on Saturday evening at the age of 109 with no media attention.

The end came just days ahead of her 110th birthday on December 17, said Sebastian, her third son with whom she had been staying in Kothadu island in Kochi. Rosakutty’s husband Pylee had died 26 years ago leaving her and eight children behind. The grandma ate good food, smoked beedis and frequented not just the Akshaya centre to learn how to handle a mouse and play computer games. “She even cast her vote in the last Lok Sabha elections. In fact, she made it a habit of voting in all elections even in her old age,’’ said Pushkin, one of her grandsons.

However, it was her exploits in the computer centre that earned her national attention with even national television channels making a beeline to get her bites. That was then and Kerala’s Information Technology projects have grown by leaps and bounds. Rosakutty also aged and she got confined to the bed for sometime last year when she was afflicted by chikungunya.

The end came on Saturday evening at 6 pm casting a pall of gloom among the folks of Kothad island where she was a star. The IT-savvy grandma was buried on her house premises on Sunday.

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