These grandmothers are also athletes, chefs, and travellers!

We never fail to get wowed by Bollywood grandparents, do we? From what they wear to how young they look and how adorable their pictures are, celebrity grandparents get all the attention they ask for or even more! But wait. It’s time to move out of this glamorous bubble and zoom down on a few grandparents who have been ‘true’ stars. 

It’s World Grandparents Day today and what better day to salute these unsung heroes! We all go to them for parenting advice, baby sitting or for home remedies, but these *young* minds are way beyond all that. 

From running marathons to cooking like a five-star chef and travelling the length and breadth of the globe, here are grandmothers who dared to re-define their lives!

1. Mastanamma


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Ever heard of a 106-year-old cooking? Well, that is Mastanamma for you! This old (if we may say so) granny from Andhra Pradesh is the latest Youtube sensation, thanks to her proficiency with cooking. Mastanamma has a Youtube channel – Country Foods, managed by her grandson. 

The channel has several videos of her dishing out some truly special Andhra delicacies. A well-known figure in Andhra, Mastanamma cooks up a storm for anyone who comes hungry, just like a typical grandmother! She is an expert in making seafood and egg dosas. So, the next time you are in Andhra, you know where to head for a sumptuous meal!

2. Usha Soman


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We all know Milind Soman’s obsession with fitness, but did you know his 78-year old mother is a bigger source of inspiration? Yes, from doing planks to running a marathon in a saree, Usha Soman does things which simply don’t qualify her to be called a granny! 

For those who are unaware, the 78-year-old started trekking at the age of 60 years. She has already taken part in three Oxfam walkathons and a Pinkathon. For Usha, her son is the biggest inspiration, but for us, this superwoman is stronger than any youth! Keep inspiring the world, you too!

3. The Three Musketeers

 
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We are a generation that loves to travel and explore various parts of the world, and it looks likes these ‘Naani’s were also bitten by the travel bug. Neeru Gandhi (60), Monicka Chanana (51)  Sarita Manocha (62) and Pratibha Sabharwal (61) — homemakers from Delhi, embarked on a life-changing road trip in March 2016. From learning to fix cars to operating selfie sticks, fancy cameras, tripods and hard-disks, these grannies left no stone unturned to make their trip a one to cherish. And after their first victory, on March 6th this year, they set on yet another adventure trip to Rajasthan and Gujarat. And they also have an FB page called Age No Bar, where the Highway Naanis document all their travel stories. Inspirational much, isn’t it?

4. Meenakshi Gurrukkal


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Age is just a number and who better than this 74-year-old lady to prove it! Meenakshi Gurrukal has been practicing Kalaripayattu, ancient martial arts from Kerala, for no less than sixty-eight years and is also into training and teaching.  She started at the age of six when her father took her and her sister to a local Kalari. “There were only a handful of girls in our class. But my father wasn’t bothered. He was determined we learn Kalaripayattu,” she says. Today, the fearless lady is a proud teacher to over 150 students, who coach at her school, Kadathanadan Kalari Sangam, in a tiny hamlet in Vadakara, near Calicut, Kerala. 

Meenakshi’s school welcomes children from all walks of life. “Gender and community are totally irrelevant. What matters is age. The earlier you start, the more proficient you are,” she explains. Further, the school runs on a ‘no-fees’ principle and at the end of each year, every student gives whatever guru Dakshina they choose to.

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