Hope all of you had a rocking Diwali and are having a fun-filled Christmas…
As you know i had vanished, i’ll fill you in with where…
So before diwali we went to Punjab, i.e. Amritsar and Ludhiana (Guninana in Zini speak 🙂 )
The holidays were pretty much similar to our last punjab visit. Zini was pampered, she saw horses on the busy GT road while sitting outside. we visited Golden temple and Zini again behaved big time. We had some mouthwatering Amritsar special delicacies. At Ludhiana we enjoyed our stay at the farm house and Zini enjoyed the borewell, dogs and of course the pampering!!!
But there were some differences this time…this time hubby came with us, but most of the time he was busy on phone with his boss (this made Zini imitate him by picking up remote and telling everyone that she was on phone with her boss!!! this act of hers had everyone in splits….)
Also, i was requested to make my now famous garlic pull apart rolls at Ludhiana….
This time I also saw the farms at ludhiana and managed to lay my hands on farm fresh and pasticides free arbi leaves, Sarson, paalak, spring garlic and kadi patta, thanks to R Auntie!!! (after coming back i made Sarson ka Saag, Paalak Paneer, Paalak Paneer Puris and Patra from the loot)
Oh and we travelled to Punjab by Car!!! With Zini this was the longest road trip that we had…
On Karvachouth, my Foi and cousin came home. As there is no Karva Chouth fasting tradition in in Gujarat, my foi didn’t know about the fast, and when she came to know about it, she got worried that i hadn’t eaten and drank water the whole day!!!! We sat and talked till late in the night despite that everybody was tired. Even Zini didn’t want to sleep. Finally, everybody had to join her in the bedroom and had to act that they were sleeping then only she obliged by dozing off in my lap!!!!
My Foi also got some story books and my old sweater for Zini (which i used to wear when i was a toddler, then it passed on to my brother and then to my cousin and now to my daughter, in a way it is a khandani sweater!!!!). Zini has been mad about this sweater and wants to wear “mummy ka sweater” all the time. So now i have hidden it 😦
Diwali is the time when my in-laws visit us as my MIL gets vacation at that time. So again, Zini was up for loads of pampering and i for some food from Ahmedabad. I got Mathiya, Cholafali, Tuver Daana, Surti papdi and Ratalu. So one day i made the feast of Undhiyu, puri, kadhi and Kachori!!!!
Every morning and evening Zini would order (yes, order!!) her dada-dadi to take her to the park, and they would happily oblige…Zini and her grandparents had been busy playing with each other…..
Also during this time, hubby’s auntie fell ill and was hospitalized, which meant my in-laws made frequent visits to see her. Finally she lost her battle with illness..
And soon after it was time for my MIL to report back, so they left…
Also around this time, my old maid, left for her village to get her son married and to retire. She was with us since we shifted to Noida and she was my woman friday. She would even accompany me to Zini’s doctor (though it was not part of her job) and would help in calming her after the visit. Zini too was fond of her and still sometimes asks for her…Though i sorely miss her, we are happy that she is happy and settled in her own home among her people. So i saw her getting really emotional and kissing Zini and saying good bye and a dumbstruck Zini thinking what happened to auntie..
I have some happy news on the garden front, where my spinach plants are doing well and i have started harvesting leaves 🙂 I also harvested some spring garlic that i sow in a self watering pot and used it in Undhiyu and the next batch of spring garlic is ready so i will be making undhiyu again. Pudina too is doing ok in spite the chilled weather. The Mustard, chili and potato plants are also going strong, should be able to harvest in some time. The tomato plant flowered and i can see tiny tomatoes on the plant, keeping my fingers crossed….
Also i started doing Yoga along with my neighbour M, during Zini’s school times. Which meant i hardly got any time to cook leave alone read or write. Finally today i scrapped through some time to give update.
Also after reading about the rape in Delhi, i have increasingly started feeling that this is not the right place to raise Zini, i feel like shifting back to Hyderabad or Ahmedabad. I feel that if we stay here long enough i may hear myself telling Zini that she can’t go out alone at night as it is not safe for a girl to do so. And i would hate to do so. The fact that the one who committed this brutal rape is a school bus driver has spooked me to no ends….I am awed by the courage and spirit of the girl. I pray that her health improves…How govt is intent on curbing the protests rather than doing something meaningful and fast is disgusting. Peaceful protesters were lathi charged, Busy metro stations are shut down to demoralize the protesters.