Sornam Aunty and her unconditional loveIt is superb to have someone who is so honest, selfless and so humble as a friend for life. More so, if he or she is a neighbor. Over a period of time that person becomes so much part of us. We tend to believe that life is incomplete without such a person.
In the seventeen years of my life, right from the age of three, I was literally brought up by one Sornam aunty, a neighbor. She would carry me on her arms even when I was three. I would tell me all stories about Ramayanam and Mahabharatham. Since her husband was also working in the same BHEL, as my father, it was literally this aunt who was so much of a huge influence in my life.
Every single cousin, every single member of her family, was known to me. She would literally manage all the cooking when my mother was unwell, she will run around in all functions, she would never ever utter a single word against anybody. None would dare to that, though.
Today, Sornam aunty is old and is nearing seventy five years. Yet, I bump into her house at will and get her to do the Kerala style vegetable biriyani for me. She would do that happily. Life goes on but such a person who taught me so many good things about life, about honesty, about integrity, and about never cheating anyone, is a role model par excellence.
Yes, to say she is a friend is an under-statement. She is the epitome of what we call selfless love and affection. What more can friendship stand for?
For me, every single moment I talk to her, every single moment I recollect all those lovely days, is far more than any Friendship Day. Any day, any time.