Wet Nurse

Mrs. Srilata Iyer was the chief guest on Teachers’ Day at Sri Bharathi Vidyalaya. Among the many tidbits she shared about her grandfather Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, one stands out.

When Srilatha Iyer joined as a probationary officer with State Bank of India, she was posted in a remote town of Andhra Pradesh.  Dr. Radhakrishnan, the president of India, had visited Hyderabad on some official trip. He asked some senior officers of State Bank of India when his granddaughter would draw four-figure salary!

When we lovingly care for someone, we become very human. Philosophy and logic do not defeat deep and pure human emotions. That is the charm of life.

 “… I have given suck, and know
How tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me:”

– Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 7

If a baby’s natural mother chooses not to breastfeed her infant, a wet nurse may step in. Social classes like monarchies and aristocracy were linked with the practice. In our society we do not find wet nursing as a practice. However, successful marketing of infant formulae promote virtual wet nurses.

We connect with people and organisations when we love, care, and become emotionally one with them. No work seems illogical or menial in such situation. We do not outsource the tasks and think that our responsibilities are covered. We do not depend on an outside agency to care for our dear ones.

Take time to be with your family members. The elders and the young, all of us cherish some love and care. Cooking meals for family members, cleaning the dishes or mopping the house, helping the child with home work and the spouse with an assignment, travelling a distance to meet a friend or relative, … all become joy. We do not have to deny ourselves scores of such opportunities by standing on false prestige and facades.

Don’t deny yourselves the joy of loving and caring.


About pgbhat

A retired Naval Officer and an educationist. Has experience with software industry. A guest faculty at different institutes and a corporate trainer with software development companies.
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One Response to Wet Nurse

  1. pgbhat says:

    From: pv maiya [mailto:pvmaiya@gmail.com]

    In the old joint family system in which I was brought up, the norm was that love for one’s own children by the parents was supposed to be subdued and not demonstrably evident; it was subdued lest it should be mistaken as undue vis-a vis other children in the larger joint family. The purpose was that every child should gain a feeling of equal treatment. In the nuclear family, love could implant a sense of self-centeredness. So, you see many parents end up in old age homes. In a recent case I was told the would be daughter -in -law was particular she gets a house from day one. Be that as it may, by the time parents realise/rue their ‘erroneous’ ways of bringing up children, they become grandparents. the cycle starts all over again.


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