She greeted me with a most infectious and energetic smile. No sooner had I stepped into her humble dwelling, than she began telling me stories that weren’t only old but mesmerising as well. “How about some lunch before we begin our chat session,” she said in a most pleasing manner. Indeed, it was tough to refuse and thankfully I did not do so. As I walked around the house, I noticed a few wall-hangings that reminded me those that I had seen at an exhibition. The fine precision with which each piece was stitched was truly commendable.The wide spread on dining table – fish biriyani, steamed sweet potatoes, fish curry, a unique Arabic dish and of course apple crumbles were to die for.
All this, however, was only the tip of the iceberg.
Meet 67-year-old Neena Thomas. A resident of Ernakulam, Neena is a seasonal trekker and believes that anything and everything is ‘worth a shot.’ “There is no harm in trying. In the case of not being able to complete the task, I can always step down. After all, being ‘old’ has its advantages,” Neena said in a most humorous tone.