Meghalaya`s grand old lady turns 100, bash at Raj Bhavan

Decked up in golden `dhara` and gold ornaments, with her silver hair neatly braided, Silverine Swer giggled like a school girl as she said, "I am not as young as I used to be in the good old days."

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2010, 18:43 PM IST

Shillong: Decked up in golden `dhara`
(traditional Khasi wear) and gold ornaments, with her silver hair neatly braided, Silverine Swer giggled like a school girl as she said, "I am not as young as I used to be in the good
old days."

It was a special function at the sprawling lawns of
Raj Bhavan today. Meghalaya Governor R S Mooshahary and
Arunachal Pradesh Governor JJ Singh joined to celebrate the
100th birthday of Padmashree Silverine Swer, a leading
citizen, teacher, administrator and social worker who is still
not only active in body and mind but speaks with dignified
clarity.
"It is so nice to see you, still young at 100. In her
twenties, she must have been a rage with many falling flat,"
Mooshahary remarked amidst peels of laughter and Silverine
looking refreshingly shy.

Governor read out a birthday message from President
Pratibha Patil which expressed optimism that Swer would
continue with her social work in remote parts of the nation.
"You must have been a real beauty in your youth, which
is reflected today and must have broken many hearts," said
Arunachal Governor J J Singh, drawing radiant smiles from the
birthday girl.

"I stand here with a heart of gratitude as you greet
me on my 100th birthday," the grand woman stood up and spoke
with pin-drop silence all around.

PTI