praying in the ‘Darbar Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji’ gurdwara

The author in her salwar kameez

Her unexpected kindness, her wrinkled hand caressing my face and her words, “Shabash dhiye”, as she praised me for being there, overwhelmed me. I couldn’t stop my tears – surprised by her love for a stranger. She hugged me again and we sat down together to drink tea. She shared stories of her grandchildren. She told me how her granddaughter, who is my age, is now married, and how she feels so lonely without her. She was sad that all her grandchildren are now old and do not have time to come with her to the gurdwara like they used to as kids.