There is no challenge a grandma bowling in saree cannot conquer. Many elderly women in India have their entire lives, traipsed around in a saree doing everything, from the most mundane to the most complex. From cooking to travelling to sports in their traditional attire, these women prove that neither clothing nor age should be a barrier in doing what one really wants to.
A video of one such grandma is going viral on the internet. Clad in a bright yellow saree and masked up, she hunches over and serves an effortless strike knocking down all the pins, and leaving viewers stunned.
Her grandson, Sudarshan Krishnamurthy, posted the video writing, “Hi Twitter, please appreciate my grandma bowling a strike in her saree, and then proceeding to ensure her mask covers her nose #QueenShit, if you ask me!” The 15-second clip has amassed over 4000 reshares and 30000 likes and counting.
— Sudarshan Krishnamurthy (@sudkrish) May 17, 2021
Twitter has erupted in praise for the woman, lauding her easy style and poise that she doesn’t lose for even one moment after bowling a strike.
“Amazing Grandma. Skill, Saree, social responsibility (mask) – too much Indianness at once,” one user wrote. “Woah!! She just equalled my career strikes in a Saree. Respect ++” another wrote. “Sudarshan your Grandma is the hope and spirit we are searching around all the time. I wish her a long life,” said one user.
The video has also caught the eye of several celebrities. Tamil actor Krishna lauded the grandma, writing, “Power to her.” Indian-American author Padma Lakshmi meanwhile wrote, “Carrying this energy with me into this week”.
Carrying this energy with me into this week https://t.co/aL4Zz2ESI7
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) May 17, 2021
Grandma Bowling In Saree Breaks Down Age Barriers And Dress Stereotypes
In shattering societal stereotypes, that restrict women from following their passions once they reach a certain age, the grandma in the viral video joins other women of her league making rules of their own.
Where yesteryear actors like Waheeda Rehman and Asha Parekh are living life on their own terms, holidaying and scuba diving, common citizens like Urmila Jamnadas Asher are running their own snack businesses and many content creators over 50 years of age continue to make the internet a more colourful space.