by Poojary Sushmita Shiva
(Udupi, Karnataka, India)
I completed my final year degree in June(2016). After getting the results, just like everyone, I was in a dilemma of WHAT NEXT?
None of my friends were interested in higher education. But I wanted to study further. We usually find people working in sales or as a part time clerk after completion of their graduation, specially the female candidates. I did not want this to happen to me. And l also wanted to work in my hometown itself being with family instead of moving to some other city. But to meet all these demands, just my degree was not sufficient and I was aware of it. Then I finally decided to take up Post-graduation.
Not all members of my family accepted my decision. My family members suggested me to try for some job. They even used to tell me it's not an issue even if I worked with a bit lesser package. But I had to be firm in my decision. At this point of time one person stood as backbone to my decision of higher education by saying "You continue your studies, I am there with you." That person was My Grandmother.
In our house, grandfather was the head of the family. Somehow grandmother was successful in convincing grandfather on the topic of my higher education. Later on, I got admitted for Post-graduation in one of the colleges in Udupi.
That was 18th day of Dec 2016, five days more for my semester examination, when my grandmother left us. She had been suffering from cancer for the past two years. But we tried hard that she should not know about this deadly disease, and we succeeded in it. Even her treating Doctors told us- "Already the time is up, how many days she lives will be the bonus for you." In spite of so many efforts we could not save grandmother.
One thing I know for sure is that even though we don't have our grandmother with us today, she will always be with me and my family. The education what I am getting now is a boon from my grandmother which I need to make fruitful... ***