“It’s been 28 years since I lost my husband. I have four daughters and a son and all of them are happily married. I currently live with my son’s family. With the limited money I had left, I built my son a house to live in, in Perambur. When I felt that all my responsibilities towards my children have been taken care of, I came here to take care of my Chithi and Chithapa to Mylapore.
My chithi passed away last year, and my chithapa is 97 years old, which means that he needs my care more than ever. I asked my daughter to take care of her in-laws and decided to set out on a pilgrimage. I visited all the shrines in India other than the Himalayas and God has been kind enough to fulfil my desire of visiting all his temples in the country.
I raised my children by working as a tailor from home. Unable to continue further, I decided to fall back on my community’s profession of selling pots. I brought pots worth around a lakh and started taking them to Kutcheri Road to sell. The transportation was difficult and the cost, expensive. Thus, very few people buy them. But I did not lose hope. God made sure I got some returns consistently from this. One day my son proposed that I rent out a shop! And, I did. The demand for earthware has increased. Tourists from across the world come and buy from me. They chat about their experience visiting our country, their life, and ask about me. These conversations are what keeps me going.
After my husband’s demise, raising my children was difficult. But, It was all worth it. I’m content. I have a home to stay, a loving son to feed me, and a daughter in law who takes care of me. The money I make is enough to meet my needs and to buy gifts for the kids too. The rest goes to the Lord who’s given it all to me, I think that’s the least I could do.”
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