The Internet can be really helpful sometimes. Not only in booking you a taxi or meal but it unites someone with a family as well. If you don’t believe me then this is something that has already happened. A 94 years old woman has been united with her family after 4 decades.
The woman named Panchubai from Maharashtra went missing 40 years ago. The lady was spotted by the truck driver in a pitiable condition along a road in Madhya Pradesh’s Damoh district in 1979-80. “She had been stung by honeybees and could not speak coherently”, said truck driver’s son Israr Khan. Israr’s father the truck driver took Panchubai to his home. She then began to live with his family
Israr who was a baby at the time his father bought the lady home says, “We called her Achchhan Mausi. She was mentally unstable and used to mutter in Marathi which we could not understand. She used to talk about a place called `Khanjma Nagar’. Google search of the name yielded no result. Then on May 4 this year, as we were at home amid lockdown, I again asked her about her hometown”.
“This time she spoke about a place called Parsapur. We googled it and found that there is one Paraspur in Maharashtra“, adds Israr. Israr then contacted a man called Abhishek who runs a shop in Paraspur and told about the woman. Abhishek who belongs to the Kirar community told him that there is a village called Khanjma Nagar near the town. Israr then shared on a WhatsApp group of the Kirar community a video of the woman. The woman got identified as Panchfulabai Tejpalsingh Shingane by her grandson Prithvi Bhaiyalal Shingane.
After the lockdown was over on June 17, Shingane took his grandmother back home. ” In 1979, my father brought my grandmother to Nagpur for treatment of her mental ailment from Khanjma Nagar. The doctors were optimistic about curing her. But one day she left home in the evening, telling neighbors that she was going to her father’s place, and disappeared forever“, said Prithvi. Prithvi’s father died in 2017. It would have been so much better if I had found her three years ago he said.