“Today is your birthday. Make yourself presentable to Dadi (grandmom) and other elders. Seek their blessings for your bright future,” my mother would advise me about sixty years ago, handing a set of new clothes. Very obediently, I would go to my grand mother, uncle and all elders in the family, and bow for their blessings.
Today, the conversation with a birthday boy or girl would go something like:
Me: “Did your grandmother and uncle call you to wish you on birthday?”
Child: “No, you know. How bad. How sad. They did not call me.”
Me: “Then, did you call them up?”
Child: “If they don’t care to call me, why should I?”
Cultural values are changing fast!
Written : Badri Baldawa