From grandparents to social media sweethearts

Seniors in the US, Brazil and China make their presence felt online with help from the young

A new rap video, called Nani (Hindi for grandmother), hit the Internet earlier this month. In it, India-born celebrity cook and actor Madhur Jaffrey, 85, dons a yellow beret, red lipstick and white wig and lip-syncs to lyrics such as "85-years-gold" and "the best damn Nani that you ever done seen".

The rap by Queens emcee Mr Cardamom, whose real name is Zohran Mamdani, has close to 40,000 views and pays tribute to his maternal grandmother Praveen Nair, a former social worker in Delhi.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 07, 2019, with the headline 'From grandparents to social media sweethearts '. Print Edition | Subscribe