( I am in Germany in my daughter’s place. Her daughter was born this month on the 10th. I write mails to my mother ( Amma) and my father’s elder brother’s wife, my Doddamma ( elder mother ). I also send photos. My Doddamma is 86 and is mostly in her room and her home. My cousin’s wife wrote to me that my Doddamma was very to read and see the photos of my grandchildren which I send through WhatsApp. She says she can now imagine what they are doing. My mother too enjoys them. WhatsApp is such a blessing in many ways. It helps us to stay connected with our near ones, if we want to 😊.)
Dear Doddamma and Amma,
We are all fine here. Kavya has almost completed three weeks. It seems just the other day when Gayatri went to the hospital for the delivery. Kavya sleeps and cries only when she is hungry. At night she wakes three or four times, feeds and goes back to sleep. Touchwood 😊
Here everyday the weather keeps changing. Some days it rains every day and other days it is sunny and bright. The 22nd was bright and sunny. Vinay said he would take me to Heidelberg to see the older part of the city. Heidelberg is about half an hour’s drive from Walldorf. The University of Heidelberg is the oldest in Europe, it was founded in 1386. There is a library also
founded in 1421. It is the oldest existing public library in Europe. Vinay picked Advaith from his kindergarten, I was ready at home and we went to Heidelberg. We went to the old town to walk on the Hauptstrasse. This is the main road and it is a cobbled road through the old town. Vehicles are not allowed.
￼There are shops and eating places on both sides. There were so many people walking along. In Walldorf we hardly see any people. There are students and tourists.
￼Vinay bought ice-creams for us, he and Advaith took in a cup and I had a cone ice-cream. We walked along eating.
On the way we saw a young man blowing huge soap bubbles. They looked very colourful, Advaith was running after them.
We walked along till we came to the bridge across the river Rhein-Neckar. It was a little before sunset and the river looked a beautiful golden.
￼There was a barge coming along and Advaith enjoyed looking at it passing under the bridge and going along.
￼We stayed there for some time, by 4.30 the sun set and we went back to the parking place. The cars are parked at different levels, Advaith wanted the car to be parked really underground. While going back we have to take a ticket and when we are leaving the parking area Vinay inserted it in a machine and the barrier opened for us to go out.
￼Then we started back and reached home by 5.30. There was a lot of traffic, it was dark when we reached home.
Gayatri and Kavya were waiting for us. It was a good outing.
Letter from Germany -2 (Slice of Life )