Forced to work to support the family, the woman worked at home as well as outside to earn her living. Waking up early and working almost round the clock, she succeeded in doing everything for her three children. She taught them the mother tongue, about traditions, and festivals. At the same time she did not force them into anything. Not having the chance to continue her higher education as her parents died when she was just 9 years old, she gained competency in speaking Urdu and Telugu while in Government service. Her own mother tongue was Tamil which she knew quite well. She had her children educated and saw that they faired well in their studies; she was also a great help in helping them find a place of interest. A woman with very progressive ideas, she let her children choose not only the field of study or work but also their life partners. A working woman with a very melodious voice, she knows how to play the violin and the veena. She knows a bit of tailoring and is a wonderful cook. She is creative in whatever work she undertakes.
At the age of 75, she is still earning her credits looking after her husband not only with her own pension but also energy. She cooks, washes her own clothes, cleans her house and also pursues her hobby of gardening and making garlands for the temple deity nearby. A woman of courage and strength! The values this Indian woman has imparted and her never ending thirst for reading and learning are remarkable. She has also read the Harry Potter series and has presented all the volumes to her granddaughter. Truly, it is my mother who is responsible for my success. My mother & 8213;a blend of old traditions in this modern old woman still young at heart& 8213; is a wonderful example to all the youngsters.