Mangri Rambharose, a Surinamese by birth moved to Guyana at an early age after marrying her Guyanese husband, Nandi Rambharose.
Although they met in Suriname the couple settled at Sand Hill, Demerara River, during the colonial period. After a few kids, they relocated to Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, where Mangri fondly known as “Mai” prepares to celebrate her 100th birth anniversary today.
Mangri “Mai” Rambharose at her 99th birthday celebrations
The couple parented 10 children, six Guyanese by birth and four Surinamese. The family is indeed blessed as “Mai” is now surrounded by 35 grandchildren, 50 greatgrands, and 21 great-great-grandchildren.
The family boasted that the lineage also extends to Suriname where an extended family resides.
Over the last 100 years this matriarch has worn many hats including farmer, wife, sister, aunt and mother, and today she is surrounded by an adoring family to celebrate her birthday.
“Mai” is also multilingual often switching from English to Dutch to Hindi and “taki taki” (a Surinamese dialect) in one conversation. At 100, her activities are limited but she still enjoys cooking the traditional way on the fireside and indulging in many of her favourite foods including chicken curry, dhal puri and a coke cola.
Dancing was on her must do list as a young woman, a hobby she still embraces today with high spirits, sound mind and a jovial nature.
This centenarian can also hold anyone in spirited conversation, sharing stories of old times and giving sound advice.
The only surviving sibling of five, “Mai” is by no means lonely as she is surrounded daily by a loving family spread across Guyana, USA and Suriname who join to wish her a blessed birthday with many more years ahead.