What Legacy Does an Ordinary Housewife Leave Behind?

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What Legacy Does an Ordinary Housewife Leave Behind?

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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here’s a photograph in my phone of my mother and grandmother in the garden on a winter’s day. My grandmother is laughing, eyes twinkling, I can almost hear her effusiveness. My mother squints her eyes in the sunlight and frowns at the lens.

There is a striking resemblance between them but they were different as night and day. My grandmother’s life is basically a list of achievements and milestones: a scientist with a teaching career spanning decades and a singer connecting generations across radio airwaves. She retired from her university professor role characteristically, setting up music, dance, and art schools that she was minutely involved with until the very end.

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