Archive for January, 2010

Ainura A’s Grandmother Prevailed as a Simple Woman against Great Obstacles

I would like to write about my grandmother who had passed a thorny road of a life from the beginning and up to the end with endurance and optimism. For me, such a woman is a hero. She was born in 1944 in the small city Dzhezkazgan. She had never seen her father and her mother had died while in childbirth. In total, there were four children in the family. The elder brother and sister were born from the first marriage of the father, and the grandmother and her elder brother from the second wife. Having lived in a boarding school up to his teenage years, her elder brother took her away to his family. She was brought up in severe conditions, she did everything about the house, cooked meals for the whole family. Since no one ever supported or helped her, so she had to give up her studying at school. Sometimes she had to do lessons at night in a street toilet in darkness and when her brother knew about it, he left her in the street in winter for two hours.

Consequently, at an early age she had to get married because of the insistence of her brother, she couldn’t resist him and it was necessary to obey the will of her elder brother. Having given birth to her child, she had to start back to work. And as it is usual, some kind of problems began to develop between them. The husband began to drink and beat her without reason and she understood that she could not raise her child up and give all necessary for education in such conditions. After her divorce, she moved to Almaty city knowing that there would be no support from relatives and friends.

Later, having risen up to a significant position and having an excellent reputation as a business woman earning money with blood and sweat, everybody began to appear and ask for her help. And now it had already been a lot of years as our relatives lived in Almaty near to us, on a regular basis getting support up to these days from a 65 year old grandmother. Our childhood had passed carefree and without any refusing to us. But now, recollecting all this, you can understand how actually it was difficult to bear the burden of a single life, on your own on fragile shoulders of a woman, without support from her relatives, friends, or favorite person.

After getting married the second time and having lived together for 40 years, she still considers herself a happy woman though she has to look after her sick husband even after receiving an insult. Not desponding, she reads namaz for 5 years and learned the Arabian language. Every year she goes to Mecca, where the sacred prophet Mohammed had been buried. Now my grandmother Khadzhy. It means that she is sacred, innocent and everyone for whom she asked in front of God.

Thus, she’s remarkable, best grandmother for us and for her great-grandsons. She has raised worthy and fair people. She is like a core for all our families and no one ever dares disobey her. What’s amazing is her internal strong spirit, stability, courage, in spite of the fact that she’s simply a woman!

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Karlygash B’s Grandfather was a vet and agronomist

My essay is about my grandfather from my father’s side, his name is Kalym. Unfortunately, he is not alive but our family always remembers him. I want to write about Kalym, because he is only one of all grandparents that I saw alive. I always spent my holidays with my family in my grandparent’s house. It was very good time.

My grandfather really is the person who deserves to be called “hero”. We call him just “ata” which means “grandfather” in Kazakh language. Kalym ata was wise, persistent, and demanding person. He did not distinguish with particular tenderness but we loved him in this appearance. My grandfather was a father of six children where my father is the fourth child. His life passed in village where he was born and got married. Kalym ata spent a very interesting and sufficiently long life. He lived more than seventy years. He finished zoological university in Almaty and became a vet. Of course he was a good worker, but his vocation was to be an agronomist.

My grandfather had grown new sorts of tomatoes that were the best in his region. He had debut his labour in different cities of Kazakhstan. So, his work was evaluated well. My grandfather’s stubbornness and industriousness brought him to be director of his State farm for fourteen years. Also he was a chairman of Agricultural Soviet. After those three years he was a vice-chairman of their region. My grandfather’s best assistant and adviser was my grandmother Dilyara. Unfortunately, I didn’t see her alive. So, after his many years of work, Kalym ata became a pensioner and spent all his free time on his family and housekeeping.

I think that his biggest merit is that he has six children and that all of them got a good education and became successful in their lives. My grandfather brought up in his children cohesion and respect to each other. Now all six children and their families live in close relationships, we live like a big family. All this is my grandfather’s merit.

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Assel B’s Grandfather was a veterinary surgeon

First and foremost it has to be said, that I’m convinced in one view: for each person his grandparents will stay the greatest and most respected people. Especially for me, as I was brought up by my grandparents, so let me tell a life story of one of them, my Grandpa. My grandfather’s name is Satybaldy, born in 1938, in Kazakhstan, in a place called Merke. From his birth, my grandfather differed from others: he had a brilliant mind and unique character, was best at school, after school and all throughout his life.

After school my grandpa was sent to Temirtau for four years. From 1956 to 1960 he was working there in a factory. Then he came to Almaty and entered a veterinary institution. After graduating, my grandfather was sent to province called “Knizh”, where he worked as a veterinary surgeon at a farm. His work was very successful. In one year grandpa became the main veterinary surgeon of Mynbayev sovkhoz (State farm).

In 1972 my grandpa was elected as a director of, first Mynbayev sovkhoz, then other State farms which were situated nearby. This work lasted before the perestroika. After the perestroika he was working as a collaborator in a Ministry of Agriculture in Almaty and Akmola till the year 2000. After that, reaching a retirement age, my grandfather became a pensioner.

Slowly coming to conclusion I’d like to add few personal thoughts. I certainly believe, that many people would agree with the view, that every person we meet in our life has his deep impact on us and our coming into being. Such a person in my separate life – is my lovely Grandpa. I always will be thankful for him, for everything he has done for me. I will carry my heartfelt feelings to him through all my life.

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Yangjoo Chun’s Korean Grandmother did needlework and sang sad melodies

I want to write about my grandmother who had lived an exacting life and was esteemed by our family. Her life was filled with many vicissitudes that started by the unexpected death of her husband. After her husband’s death, the things that were left on her were seven children, some farmland, fields and her husband’s father who was very old and needed assistance. Since then, she worked very hard every day for a living. She worked and worked whether for day or for night. When most people slept, she did needlework and went to bed. Before the sun rose up, she woke up and went to the farmland or fields to work. Although her family lived in the countryside, all of her children graduated from school and some of them even graduated from university because of their mother’s effort.

My mother often says me with a smile that I always cried when I was a baby when I met my grandmother. Actually, her appearance was dramatically changed for several years. Hard work made her skin black with many scars, her hands became so rough. She looked very short and small because her back was rather stooped. And she didn’t have one finger on her left hand. She lost it while she was making cattle feed. My mother said my grandmother never cried despite her severe situation. But, when my mother was in childhood, she heard sad songs while she was down sleeping. Grandmother was singing while doing her needlework. The melody of the song was very sorrowful and sad as if her life was like that melody. My mother was rather young for understanding her mother’s life. However, she wept because she felt her mother’s melody was so sad.

I wonder how my grandmother could have lived such a life. It just can say she had a strong mind and will. Now, my grandmother is about 90 years old and healthy without any serious sickness. The secret of her long life is light eating and vegetarian diet. The videos were sent to my family recently that shows us our grandmother’s birthday party. Unfortunately, my family isn’t in Korea, so we couldn’t join in the party. In the videos, she looks very happy. Finally, we think she is a great mother and respect her. We wish that she is always healthful and blissful during her remaining life.

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Aizhan’s Grandma Lives an Ideal Child’s Life

I’m going to write about my grandmother, who is my father’s mother. Her name is Altynshash, and she is still alive. She is 79 years old now and she lives in a village near Almaty. Visiting my grandmother gives me an excellent chance to become a child again. Every time I go there, she starts to take care of me, I think that is why everybody loves their grandparents so much. The countryside is always the nicest place for everyone as it has fresh air that cheers you up and the low level of noise helps you to have a real rest. Every day I spend in the countryside is full of adventures, because you can sunbathe, swim and investigate woods.

My grandmother is a kind, old woman. Sometimes she is just like a child, her actions and mind are so childish, that my parents can’t bear it, but to me it is one of the most attractive points she has.

My grandparents had 10 children: 7 sons and 3 daughters. My father is the third son of theirs. His name is Karboz. According to my father, the time they were brought up was very hard. It was very difficult to give 10 children an education, but my grandmother made her children study to achieve something in the future. All her life she worked hard and now she is still very industrious and tender-hearted.

I love her very much. I will never forget her!!! And I’m sure that the impressions I got there will be among my brightest in my life!

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Dias’ Great Grandfather was a “Public Enemy”

Kairbayev Mahmet he was born in 1922 in Pavlodarskaya oblast (district). His family was very big and he had 5 brothers and 4 sisters. It was a common Kazakh family that lived like many others families of that period. His father was local government official, he loved his job and he was a real professional in public administration area. His father had protected the interests of the local citizens and provided a lot of social services for them.

But unfortunately some people did not like him and they wrote unrealistic letters against his father and as a result, his father became a “public enemy.” After this event my grandfather and his whole family went to another city. My grandfather was the oldest child and he became like a father for his brothers and sisters. He worked at a local manufacture and he was the best worker. As I mentioned before his father was a “public enemy” and in this case nobody wanted to let him to study. He provided self study at home.

In 1941 the Nazi army intervened with the Soviet Union, it was a war. My grandfather went to the artillery academy in 1941 then graduated in 1943. In summer of 1943 he became a commander of artillery in Litva. The commander of the west front gave him the order to protect Shaolyai city. A tank division of the enemy which consisted of 30 tanks “tiggers” the modern and most dangerous tanks in German army attacked this city. My grandfather and his soldiers opened fire from all guns. The German tanks were completely destroyed and the city survived. My grandfather became Hero of the Soviet Union and got the Medal of Bravery.

After the war he worked in Pavlodar city, established a lot social programs and participated in city development. He was a human with strong character and he believed in friendship and helped many people. He still live in our hearts.

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Adil A’s Brave Grandfather Fought the Nazis

During the World War II a lot of people lost their lives in order to make us happy at the present. Huge number of young generation died in this terrible war. I want to tell you about my grandfather who became a hero of the World War II. My grandfather Zhassybayev Aben was born in 1925 in Kazakhstan, Kaskelen region, Politotdel village.

In 1943 he was sent to the Northern part of the Kazakhstani region, to serve for the national USSR army. A lot of young people were sent from the Almaty region to the northern part Petropavlovsk region. After passing three month army courses, they were allocated to serve in each part of the Soviet Union region. Grandfather’s rifle battalion was sent to the Ukraine to defeat German Nazis army. After successful resistance, they invaded into Europe via Warsaw, Sandomir, Kalish cities. All these cities were destroyed by German armies, but most of these were salvaged by the Soviet Red Army. Later my grandfather was honored for his bravery against invading enemy aggression to other countries, especially those which were located in the USSR.

In 1953 he came to Almaty city to study in a university where he passed an exam to the Kazakh National pedagogical university, in a major of Geography. During these years, education for my grandfather was a first place priority. In 1957 with great marks, he graduated. Later in 1957 he was appointed as a professor in a Kaskelen region, Zhetysu village local school. He had good authority among students, everyone respected him because of his punctuality, the way of his teaching and for being fair to everybody. In 1992 he was appointed as a director of the Zhetysu school. My father told me that he was calm, not only at school but even at home.

In a conclusion I want to say that I am very proud that I had such a wonderful Grandfather.

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Indira’s Grandfather was a career military man

Grandparents play a very important role in our lives.  Of course all of us have really different opinions about grandparents. For some they can help in difficult situations or give good advice and we cannot imagine life without them.  But maybe for someone else, grandparents are no more than just relatives.  I want to write about an important person in my life, I chose my grandfather because I am proud of him very much.

My grandfather’s name Kajgalii, he was born in 1922 year in Volgograd town. When he was about 19 years old, the Great Patriotic War started and as a volunteer he went to the war. At the beginning of war he was just a soldier and he was very brave and knew military structure very well. After three years he became a general. Fortunately, in 1945 the war ended and he came back home and got married. In 1955 was born his first son Puzl then three year later his next son, my father, and after him two daughters. In my hometown Uralsk, it is west part of Kazakhstan where my father was born. This is because my grandfather with his wife and first child moved to this city where my grandfather is a well-known and respective person.

About twenty years he was working in a military system in my hometown of Uralsk. My grandfather loved me very much he always taught me to be a good person, in difficult situations he gave me very good advice. Unfortunately, he died suddenly one June day, the weather was very hot and my grandfather did not like such weather because of his health problem with high blood pressure. He died when I was ten years old.  But I remember about him every time and everywhere I feel his love.

To conclude I want to mention that for me my grandparents play one of the important roles in my life and I am proud of them very much. I strongly believe that each of us has the same ideas as me when we think about grandparents.

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Ainura T’s Grandma’s Birthdate was Unknown

My name is Ainura and I have a very big family. I was brought up in countryside and we moved to town only recently. Because of that I have a lot of relatives. My mum’s and dad’s families were in close relationships with each other. My grandparents worked together, father’s mother was a teacher at a local school and taught almost all my uncles and aunts. But before moving into one village, the two families had different origins. I would like to introduce some people from my family, whose lives were quite different from others. So let’s start.

The family of my father was from the region which is called Torgay. It is in the south of Kostanay region. My great great great grandfather was a head of the village. Honestly the whole village was owned by him. It was in the 19th century. He had one wife, which was from very rich and influential klan, but they didn’t have any children. After her death he decided to marry again and chose the girl from the same klan from which was his first wife. At that time he was a 60-year old man. Then 17-year old new wife gave birth to their son. That was my great grandfather. After a few years my great great great grandfather died and his second wife was married with his brother but some said that his brother actually was his servant. Today it has not a lot of meanings.

After that they had a lot of children probably, 5 or 6 because one died until the age of 5. All that I heard was from my great grandmother who lived with us for several years. She was born in 1916, it is not justified because she didn’t know exactly even a date when she was born. She also couldn’t write and read. She lived a very long life and died in 2008 and she told us a lot of stories about her life. For example, during World War II women of her village including my granny built a dike alone or she told how they fished and then exchanged their catch of fish for food. Almost all kinds of food they made on their own. When she lived with us, she used to eat a lot and mostly butter. And honestly she never had any serious diseases.

Mother’s family has quite a different history. Her father was from an ordinary Kazakh family and her mother was from Russia but she is Kazakh. In her family were nine children and all of them were raised up by their mother alone, because her husband died when she was pregnant with the last child. All children, including my granny, have different stories. That family is the most international, there are Kazakhs, Russians, Jews, Ukrainians and others. All others live in Russia, excluding my granny.  She is in Kazakhstan and the youngest one lives in Kyrgyzstan. Mother’s grandfather was a soldier in 1941-1945. He participated in the battle for Kaliningrad and achieved Poland. He returned home and went to the parade in Moscow in 1973.

So that is my family. Actually all that is a history of my family and if I consider myself as a part of my family I can say that is a history of me.

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Igor’s Grandmother Helped Raise Her Younger Siblings

Grandparents are important and influential persons in all people’s lives. They are those people who take care of you and love you. They are special persons who can give you wise advice. As a child I was unbelievably close to one of my grandparents. Her name was Nadezhda and she was born in 1924 in Almaty. Her parents died early, so at the age of eighteen she started to work a lot to earn enough money for her three smaller sisters and two brothers. The only job that she could find for her first time was a ticket seller in the nearest theater.

It was hard times because World War Two drained all the human and food resources from USSR. Nevertheless, neighbors and just, good people helped my grandmother to raise her sisters and brothers. My grandmother wanted to get a better job, but she didn’t have any specialization. That is why she spent all her free time studying and then she was accepted in college. Later she graduated as an accountant. Time passed and life got easier, grandma succeeded in work and married only when all of her sisters and brothers finished their education and were able to care about themselves.

My grandma has always been a gentle and kind person. She taught me respect for others, and showed me with her experience that love and feelings are important things in my life and that I don’t have to pay attention to material things or what people look like externally. Even though grandma was old, she always had a strong desire to enjoy life. Every morning when it was very early, she liked to go to the supermarket. She said that going shopping early in the morning was better because she could find everything fresh such as vegetables and fruits. I think she was right about that. After my grandmother bought everything, she always liked to cook for the whole family. On the weekends she used to go to countryside where she had small house. I remember myself helping grandma to plant trees near that house.

Furthermore, my grandmother was always in tune to the new things in the world. For example, she always cared about fashion, economics or important issues in the world. Grandmother’s goal was to see our family full of happiness and to see us growing up healthy and happy because she wanted me and my family to have a successful future. My grandmother died three years ago, but only now I realize how special she was and how much love she had given to me.

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