My mother had many silver glasses in the bank locker. She said they had been gifted to her and my father on their wedding day in 1959. In those days it was a common practice to give silver items as gifts. My father worked in the Indian Railways and was transferred from one place to another and for safety reasons the glasses always remained in bank lockers.
My grandfather had given some silver things, my grandmother’s copper jewel box and a small silver container to keep kumkum to my parents. Many years ago my mother gave them to me and my brothers . She gave me my grandmother’s copper jewel box, the kumkum container and this beautiful silver water container.
My grandfather was an English and Maths teacher and also the Headmaster of the Municipal High school in Hospet. He retired in 1950 and on his last day in school, the staff members gave this container as a gift. I don’t know whether he used it. After retiring he lived with his two sons. All his worldly possessions filled a small trunk and two bags.
At the time my mother gave me this container, my husband and I had started drinking four glasses of water (800ml) in the morning before drinking anything else. We had read it was good for the body. I did not want to keep this beautiful container inside and forget all about it. I had read it was good to drink water stored in silver vessel and decided to use it regularly. It holds 750ml of water. There is a small glass which is kept inside the jar, but I don’t use it much. Drinking water every morning has really helped us.
Some years ago I had taken the container to the silver shop to get it polished but I was told it would lose its beauty. After drinking water from it I wash it carefully. I keep the small container with kumkum in the puja room. The copper jewel box has some important documents.
A small part of my grandparents’ lives is a part of our daily life.