Do dreams really connect us with the heavenlies? We don't believe in such things but once we experience it then we tend to become a li'l superstitious.I can't say what I experienced was some kind of wish that my Great Grandmother(my granny's mother in law) was trying to fulfill or it was my unconscious mind surfacing in my dream.

My Great Granny and I were bumchums. She had a wrinkled face and her skin and muscles seemed as if suspended by her thin bones. But it was the snow white shining hair on her strong head that attracted my 4 years eyes the most and my tiny palms always found ways to clutch them esp. when she was asleep. When she separated kankars from the heaps of rice then my li'l mind found delight in scattering her hard work onthe floor. But the delight and fun that followed that act were mutual between us.She used to build castles from my toys and say "My li'l princess will reside in it."

One day while playing with her in our courtyard I pushed her, she fell down and the old bones of her right leg got fractured which was though cured, but left a permanent limp. But I was still her little princess who deserved a beautiful castle......

After 3,4 years her health started deteriorating owing to old age. Still whenever I asked her to tell a story, she never said "no". Her health subsided further and my decrepit granny was now bedridden. Her painful sighs and pantings used to scare me so much so that I stopped going in her room.How I hate myself for that now.

One day I was passing by her room. She saw me and called me forcing her tongue to utter my name. I stopped but was afraid. She managed to ask for water in a stammering voice and started panting heavily.I got so nervous that I ran away forgetting that my senile great granny had asked something from me for the first time....

After a month i.e,. on 20th april 1999 my great granny breathed her last. Now her li'l princess had to build her castles all by herself..... Exactly on 20th May 99, I had a dream in which I was playing with her and she was continuously asking for water from me. Then I had frequent dreams of her where she asked for water. I reported this to my grandmother and she suggested me a way.

On 20th April 2000, I went up to my terrace early in the morning with a glass of water, faced the sky and said " my dearest great grannu, pls forgive me for my childish behaviour that day and drink the water", and I emptied the tumbler.

It has been 9 years since then and after that I have had only one dream of her in which she was playing with me....not asking for water.....but just playing......

Her memories are etched in my heart forever..... I never cry for her coz I know she peeps from the window of her heavenly abode just to see me happy....

23 dew drops on the rose:

Vyshu said...

Very touching ..!

Loved the last lines in red..Very blissful feeling ...:)

While reading this i got goosebumps..!
Even i heard mom saying that shes getting dreams of my late-Granny.Before taking any imp decision ,my mom gets relevant dreams .She takes them as Omens..

My mom follows the trick that ur Grand ma told.One year we missed celebrating her death anniversary ...My mom was constantly getting granny in dreams..

Few thgs are really bit superstitious.We tend to obey them .

Great granny will surely look out for this lil princess' Happiness.

Tickled pink said...

thank you vyshu for relating your experience.

Blue Moon said...

Dearest Abhi,
What a lovely post!!!!!! You earlier conveyed this story to me, but the write up is BODACIOUS. Keep writing, & I know your coming posts will be More Marvellous.

BEST WISHES TO MY UNIVERSE’S BEST FRND 4 HER NEXT POSTS………..

With loads of love & luck
Manjari

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Jinxed Pixie said...

:)
I know whatyou mean.
It's really strange how such things happen to us, and it is really difficult to convey such feelings in words, but you've effortlessly done so.

great post. loved it. :D

Priya Joyce said...

this was reely touching..

I mean it all is a mystery..we sometimes do not know y but there sure is a connection always ahhh!!


nice post!!

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Abhilasha:)

Greetings:)

It is so nice of you to remember your grandmother and write such a moving post. As children we don't really understand elderly relations because we are in a dreamy world of our own. But as we grow up fond memories start flooding us and we feel sad.

Many thanks for sharing your thoughts about your grandmother. She will surely bless you from heaven and take care of you.

Have a nice day Abhilasha:)
Joseph

Think Tank said...

han abhi ..pehli baar ..goosebumps

Tickled pink said...

@think tank poof...finally...
@blue moon you r really my univers's best friend.

Tickled pink said...

@pixie so sweet of you. thanks
@Joseph thanks for your precious words.
@priya you are a real sweety.thanx

parzi said...

hie abhilasha..
this write up is very touching..n u know what made it all d more beautiful..ur feelings n love atattched to each word..it ws very adorable...
and god never ceases to surprise us...hope ur great granma..rests in peace..n wherever she is ..she must be very proud of u dear!

p.s thanks a ton...4 visiting my blog n being so kind to drop such an adorable feedback..n yes i'm looking forward to read more of you..
god bless u!

Anamika. said...

Abhilasha, there's a tear in my left eye.

I'm sure she's watching you from above. Keep smiling and I'm sure she has forgiven her little princess :)

Beautiful post. Our words are sincerely affected by the life we go through. I cherish these feelings.

Femin Susan said...

Your blog is really interesting... Good Luck...keep writing.
Blessings to you and your family…….

Cabin-boy Dave said...

That was a very moving post, Abhilasha...

Visions like those are indeed rare - I'm sure your grandmother, in her glorious corner of paradise, cherishes those moments she spent with you :)

joiedevivre said...

Girly blog..havent gone thru your post yet..running out of time..will read it soon

AmitL said...

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Femin Susan said...

Absolutely fantastic post! Good job!
It is so nice of you to remember your grandmother. Great! Keep up the great posts…..
I am busy with my studies...

AmitL said...

I read this post now..it was soo touching.You wrote it really well,Abhilasha-could feel the emotions in some of the lines,in fact..I'm sure your Great Grandmom would have had a tear of joy in her mind if she'd read this...well,good people always reside in our hearts,as they say!

Tickled pink said...

Thank you all for visiting and gracing my post with such beautiful comments.

Amvani said...

achha wo aap thi. any way heart warming feelings. Why it is always the case that we miss people or time when they are gone? Why don't we share our feelings or enjoy their company when they are around?

Keshi said...

I believe dreams do bring us msgs from other planes of life. I strongly believe in that cos I myself get dreams like that, it's no joke! I hv had many experiences like that and premonitions too.

I love this post.

Keshi.

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Saurav Sinha said...

A child's emotion travels across the boundaries of space and time.