Thousand Full Moon: Mrs. Sudha Shrikrishna Joshi née Indu Krishnaji Godbole (81+)
Contributed by: Rohini
In her write up in Marathi, Sau. Sudha Joshi talks about her memories from her childhood and youth, particularly about her father and her family. In her lucid narration, she details the accident her father suffered, the miraculous homeopathic remedy that cured his headaches, and the responsibilities shouldered by her (Indu) and her elder sister Durga at a tender age of 18; when their father was jailed by the British government during the freedom struggle. She also reflects upon the changing nature of the society, and fondly remembers the togetherness and harmony experienced, not only by close and extended family, but also by the neighbors and community in general.
One of her cherished memories, that she shared with me on the phone, goes as follows: Once when she and her sister were in grade school and her father had gone to check on their final exam results, he returned home and told her (Indu) and her sister Durga that they both had failed the finals and would have to repeat the grade. On hearing this, Durga started to cry but Indu, on the other hand, bravely challenged her father asserting very forcefully that it was simply impossible since she and her sister were both excellent students. On seeing Indu’s brave stance, her father burst out laughing and patted her on the back and told the girls that they had passed with flying colors. Sau. Sudha Joshi, towards the end of the phone call also mentioned that because of her bold nature her father affectionately called her his ‘baccha’...