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  • Reading Bonnie’s story ,I remembered my dear grandfather (ajja).
    He was very dear to us. He used to write to us regularly when
    he was away from us and we always replied back. Sometimes
    when we made mistakes in the language or the spellings, he
    would tell us about it in the next letter ,he had been a teacher
    all his life. It really helped us. I have still got some of his letters
    and a Scrap Book and his pen :)

    The countdown for the London Olympics began quite some
    time ago. Every day we see some of the events which took
    place in the earlier Games.
    When I see them ,I remember the Munich Olympics of 1972.
    Actually I do not remember anything about those games but
    what I do remember is the time I spent with my ajja. We had
    taken a note book and every day after my returning from
    school we stuck in it the paper clippings of all the different
    events taking place at Munich. Ajja used to cut and keep them
    ready .I still have that note book with me :)

    I remember with a smile the cane chair he used to sit on and
    read aloud to us from the Mahabharatha, Ramayana,
    Krishnavatara and so many other stories. We used to sit near
    him and listen to all the stories coming alive. For most of us
    in our country ,the people in our epics and Puranas are real
    people not just characters in a story :) The love for reading
    is so much a part of our family.

    Ajja was a teacher of English and Maths, he had been the
    HeadMaster of a Government High School in a small town
    in Karnataka, till his retirement. He then stayed with his two
    sons. My grandmother had passed in 1943.
    Ajja passed away in 1980 but our memories of him are as
    fresh as ever.
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