with a bang…errr..actually not, with tons of unwashed clothes, things to unpack and more importantly, a bit upset with the fact we wont meet the cousins again soon 🙂
First, thanks everyone who asked me where I was. The brat’s daycare was closed for a week for Diwali, and I had no option but to be on leave. I grudgingly agreed, to take days off (I wonder why I fuss so much about taking leaves and then crib about going to work *rolls eyes*) and so we decided to make a quick trip to Chennai for Diwali and be back on the 5th (RD doesnt have leaves at all!!) and so R and I decided on a quick trip to Ahmedabad to bro and mama’s house. And the best of all, I managed a day at Baroda as well on Saturday.
Now back to the usual routine.
Few highlights of the trips (THIS POST IS LONG, SKIP IF YOU DONT WANT TO GET BORED)
1. Chennai and I share a love-hate relationship. I dont like the place too much due to some very personal reasons, but after I started blogging, I have started to like the place. Go on laugh about it! anyways, so this time, I managed to snatch an hour away from a very very busy social schedule to meet up with the awesome Vyas (and of course his mother!) and the amazing Adi (with her mother) and the absolutely lovely Tharani. I will NEVER get her name right 🙂
RD was kind enough to tag along…the McDs we decided to meet, closed down (Gah!) and so we went to the food court of the mall nearby. RD did the honours of getting food for all of us (yay! his marriage vows include serving the wife’s friends with yum food in sickness and in health!) and then Vyas and I were busy betting with each other about stuff. We had fun talking to each other. Ani went in search for chai for the second round of food, and then disappeared, so Adi and I spent some time talking to each other. Tharani must think I am completely mad and refused to tell me what she thought about me..she says she will write a post..R was at her worst behaviour but thats okay, she was the youngest eh?
Midst, steamed corn, small samosas, deep fried finger chips, yummy burger, awesome sandwiches, sad chai and great smelling coffee, we were late for our next meeting. :):)
But it was the highlight of my Chennai trip seriously 🙂
2. The SIL’s daughter is 1.5 and adorable. She didnt come to me initally (no kid ever comes to me anyways) but after some cajoling and twisting my monkey face into donkey one, she agreed to take a chance. We had fun together. R had pesengified her (non Tamilians, I dont have a translation for that, may be squeeze is the nearest word!) and then hugged her, and kissed her and I had to keep reminding the brat, that the girl is a human child and not a doll *rolls eyes again*
And met RD’s chitappa’s daughter’s kiddo as well. She is really like a doll. Nine months old and came to me in a second (my monkey face has a good effect on children eh?)
3. The SIL took me to Pondy bazaar and hold your breath, I spent Rs.1500 there *faints* Got 5 kurtas and one legging for self. RD was like ‘Chalo chalo chalo’ the brat was brought some loose shorts (Daycare insists on shorts under frocks and skirts) and then RD is still wondering how I agreed to get so many clothes at one go 🙂 I am changing my wardrobe folks. In the next few weeks, I am going to throw away all the old faded stuff and get new ones which includes buying formal pants and skirts. Oh wait!I need money for that gah!
4. Went to the zoo in Madras and liked the battery operated vehicles they have there. Took the safari as well. But honestly, I am wondering, is there a better way for public to learn about animals instead of seeing them in captivity. Even the lions in the safari seem to survive on meat which is served to them instead of hunting (I asked the driver!) its sad to see animals in captivity, but RD tells me whats the better way then to learn about animals. Not everyone can afford to go on expensive safari trips to the jungles eh?
5. The train journey to Ahm was nice but I didnt sleep because the brat sleeps in a separate berth from now on (Eeps, she has grown eh?) I was super worried about her :)Got greeted by the kiddos N&N at the station.
6. Rahul (my bro’s son) is a riot. He is sweet, cute, naughty, crazy, loud (like me!), funny and a total doll. He understands EVERY word you speak to him and kept calling me Paati. I am not Paati, I am Athai, I kept telling him and he kept calling me ‘Paaattiiiiii, Paaattiiiiiiiiiiiiiii’ whatever *rolls eyes*
7. R as usual, showered her love so much on the guy, that I was scared she is going to choke him or something. Pesengifying him and cuddling him and hugging him and what not!
8. The trip to Baroda was totally nostalgic. I shed a few tears. like I wrote on twitter, they changed my beautiful, quaint town into a bustling city with ugly buildings 😦 and my house…its broken down completely and they built another one on it. I almost cried when I saw the house!!
9. R had fun with my childhood friend’s daughter. I met my friend and his wife and kids after years 🙂 But we maintained the tradition of fighting as much as possible 🙂 Met up with the neighbour baa, and then aunties and uncles as well as went to our househelp C ben’s village to meet her. She sent me back a huge plastic filled with awesomely yummy Diwali sweets and savories. Funnily, I didnt do any shopping in Ahm and Baroda, just didnt get any time eh?
10. Finally glad to be back home. Routine starts, but I have a lot to look forward to in the coming weekends..
Hope you guys all had a wonderful time. If you have reached till here, then I salute you for your patience in reading this post of mine 🙂