I am the fourth generation Fijian born indian. Bristish brought Indians from India to work on sugar cane farm in Fiji. My ancestors decided to stay in Fiji.
I was brought up with three generations with extended family leaving together. My parents, grandparents, aunty's and uncles, sibblings and cousins we all lived side-by side. It was very normal and still is normal for lots of villagers not only in Fiji or India but around the world. There was always someone who took care of me and all the kids.
I am proud to belong to the Indian culture. We have so many goodness to share. Our lifestyle and way of living has inspired western world.
Alot of our traditions and practises is about nourishing our body, mind and soul. Our cultural cherishes our elders. We respect, listen and learn from them. They have wisdom and knowledge about so many topics and they happily passed it down to us. The experience, knowledge and stories my ancestors shared with me cannot be found in a book or any goggle search.
I have high respect for my great grandparents, grandparents and my parents. They have provided me with the insight, grace and fortitude for setting up a platform for wholesome lifestyle. I cherish all the advice, guidance and enlightenment they have passed on to me. A lifestyle that is so natural and vibrant with health, happiness and contentment. My ancestors have shown me that simple life filled with lots of love, gratitude, care and kindness is key to healthy happy life.t.
Food is a blessing. Wholesome fruit and vegetables picked from our garden and home cooked everyday. Eating was always positive experience. We cooked together and ate together. When we had to much crops, we shared or swapped (barter system) with others in the village. Children were involved and taught to do various chaos in the kitchen, inside and outside our home.
My Grandparents were early to bed - early to raise. As soon they got up, they moved. Just by watching them, I have learnt that our body is an amazing machine and is very capable to do anything at any age.
My maternal grandparents lived in a remote village therefore there was no tap water, no electricity or inside toilets or shows. Everything was done manually. I have most amazing childhood memories visiting them and living just like them
Where are my ancestors Now?
My Greatgrand parents
Greatgrand dad – I never met him. Dad says he passed away way before I was born.
Greatgrand ma – She passed away at age 90 in 1969.
My dad's parents:
Grandad lived a healthy, happy live to 90 years. 2005, he suddenly passed away for unknown reasons.
Grandma lived a healthy life however in her 70's she suffered from blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis. She had to take medication. At the age of 93, she also suddenly passed away in 2009.
My mum's parents:
Grandad was very active and worked on his farm everyday. Unfortunately he had an accident at the farm and at the age of 55, he was bed bound and never recovered. I was very young when we passed.
Grandma was also very active working on the farm with grandad. Caring for my grandad and losing him at a very early age, was very devastating for her. She did have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and was very over-weight. She passed away due to ill health at the age of 65.
I am very lucky to have my parents.
Dad is 79 and mum 75. Both are very active, healthy and busy. 20 years ago, they immigrated to New Zealand and live with my youngest brother, his wife and their two children. They love the 3 generations living together. There is still the same love, joy, sharing and caring like the way we had in our village home. Dad likes to be physically active. He still sits on the floor in lotus position..amazing. He loves helping and giving to the community.
Mum is also healthy. She loves to cook every meal, every day. Unfortunately mum has inherited few health problems therefore she is on medication however this doesn't stop her from enjoying life. Mum and dad still grown their own vegetable and spices garden in their neat little backyard in New Zealand.
I appreciate everything my village family have taught me. I feel blessed that I am fortunate enough to learn first hand as how to live like a villager.