How I Taught My Grandmother to Read
In the story the author recalls how her grandmother fulfils her desire to read with her strong determination. The author was a girl of twelve. She used to stay in a village in North Karnataka with her grandparents. At that time Triveni was a very popular writer in the Kannada language. One of her novels, Kashi Yatre was appearing as a serial in the weekly magazine Karmaveera. In this story, an old lady had a great desire to go to Kashi or Varanasi to worship lord Vishweshwara and attain the ultimate punya. In the end, the old lady gave away all her savings for the marriage of a young orphan girl. She considered the happiness of the Orphan girl more important than going to Kashi.

The author's grandmother Krishtakka would listen to the story as her granddaughter (the author) read the episodes to her. She was so much impressed by the story that later she could repeat the entire text by heart. She never went to school and so, she couldn't read it by herself. After hearing the next episode she would join her friends at the temple courtyard and discussed the latest episodes with them.

Once the author went to wedding with her cousin to a neighboring village. She found her grandmother crying. When the author asked her why she was crying, grandmother narrated her story. She said that when the author was away, Karmaveera came as usual. She opened the magazine, but she couldn't even read a single letter and felt very helpless and dependent. Grandmother decided that she would learn to read the Kannada alphabet from the next day onwards

She requested her granddaughter to teach her the Kannada language and kept Saraswati pooja as deadline. That day she should be able to read the novel by herself. The next day onwards the author started teaching to her grandmother. The narrator found her grandmother to be a very intelligent and hardworking student.

The grandmother called her granddaughter to the pooja place and gave her frock material as a gift. Then the grandmother did something unusual. She bent down and touched the feet of her granddaughter. The author was taken aback. She told that she was touching the feet of her teacher, not of her granddaughter. Then she explained a teacher should be respected, irrespective of the gender and age. The writer gifted her grandmother a copy of the novel. She opened the novel and read the title “Kashi Yatre’ by Triveni.

Summary

In the story the author recalls how her grandmother fulfils her desire to read with her strong determination. The author was a girl of twelve. She used to stay in a village in North Karnataka with her grandparents. At that time Triveni was a very popular writer in the Kannada language. One of her novels, Kashi Yatre was appearing as a serial in the weekly magazine Karmaveera. In this story, an old lady had a great desire to go to Kashi or Varanasi to worship lord Vishweshwara and attain the ultimate punya. In the end, the old lady gave away all her savings for the marriage of a young orphan girl. She considered the happiness of the Orphan girl more important than going to Kashi.

The author's grandmother Krishtakka would listen to the story as her granddaughter (the author) read the episodes to her. She was so much impressed by the story that later she could repeat the entire text by heart. She never went to school and so, she couldn't read it by herself. After hearing the next episode she would join her friends at the temple courtyard and discussed the latest episodes with them.

Once the author went to wedding with her cousin to a neighboring village. She found her grandmother crying. When the author asked her why she was crying, grandmother narrated her story. She said that when the author was away, Karmaveera came as usual. She opened the magazine, but she couldn't even read a single letter and felt very helpless and dependent. Grandmother decided that she would learn to read the Kannada alphabet from the next day onwards

She requested her granddaughter to teach her the Kannada language and kept Saraswati pooja as deadline. That day she should be able to read the novel by herself. The next day onwards the author started teaching to her grandmother. The narrator found her grandmother to be a very intelligent and hardworking student.

The grandmother called her granddaughter to the pooja place and gave her frock material as a gift. Then the grandmother did something unusual. She bent down and touched the feet of her granddaughter. The author was taken aback. She told that she was touching the feet of her teacher, not of her granddaughter. Then she explained a teacher should be respected, irrespective of the gender and age. The writer gifted her grandmother a copy of the novel. She opened the novel and read the title “Kashi Yatre’ by Triveni.
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