On March 8, Women's Day, we invited readers to celebrate the woman who made a significant difference to their lives. We asked them to tell us why this woman was special and send us a photograph. This series features the best entries.
My grandmother was a very sweet lady.
My grandfather passed away when my father was only five years old. My grandmother had four other children, all of whom were older than my father.
In those days, women were not that educated. Despite this handicap, she was determined that all her five children should have a proper education.
My grandmother brought up all of her five children by stitching clothes.
When I turned 18 years old, she took me to a typing school and paid money from her pocket for me to learn shorthand and typing (in the year 1968). This was at a time when women were only supposed to have decent, respectable jobs like teaching.
My grandmother was not embarrassed by the fact that I would be working in an office.
In fact, she accompanied me to my first interview and it turned out that the owner was from the same place she was from. I was hired right away.
To this date, I can't forget my grandmother's stamina and encouragement.
My grandmother, Jesibai Bhambri, was truly a great woman who would not accept anything from anyone without working for it. I always follow on her footsteps and do not expect anything from anyone. Because of what I learnt from her, I did not have any problem in finding a job when I came to the US.