Letter from Germany 5
( I am in Germany in my daughter’s place. Her daughter was born on November 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 happy 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,
Days are going by, it is already more than a month since I came here. I will be leaving next month on the 18th.
On the 13th Gayatri and Vinay took Kavya for her first check up with her paediatrician here. Advaith and Kavya are registered with her. Kavya’s weight is now 3.9 kgs. There is an increase of one kg. Her height has also increased. The doctor was happy with Kavya’s health. She told Gayatri that she can take Kavya for a small outing in her pram on a sunny day and she should be warmly covered. Vinay has bought a pram but he has to the petrol bunk to fill air in the tyres of the prams.
Every morning I go for a walk at about 11o’clock for about 45 minutes. All this is a very different experience and I am enjoying it. Here the weather keeps changing and that is also a different experience. In our place the weather is stable. But here in the past one week I have experienced a day when it has been snowing the whole day. Then there was a rainy day, a sunny day and a very cloudy day. For people here daily weather forecast is important.
The local buses are blue in colour and Gayatri said the cost of the ticket within Walldorf is the same for one stop or more stops.
The other day I was thinking that I have been exploring Walldorf but I did not know anything about its history. So I looked up in the internet. I am writing in brief what I read.
( The earliest documentary mention of the settlement occurs as Waltorf in a 770 deed issued by the Abbey of Lorsch. The Electorate of the Palatinate received Walldorf as an Imperial fief in 1230. The town suffered much during the Thirty Years’ War of 1618-1648, and in 1689 was completely destroyed in the course of the French invasion during Nine Years’ War. The area was settled anew by religious refugees, among them the predecessors of John Jacob Astor, Waldensians from Piedmont. With the 1803 German Mediatisation Walldorf fell to Baden. 1843 saw the building of the Rheintalbahn: this railway decisively promoted economic development. In 1901 Grand Duke Frederick I of Baden granted Walldorf town privileges. After World War II, the establishment of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen and of SAP (founded 1972; moved to Walldorf in 1977) made Walldorf one of the most prosperous towns of Germany.
Source Wikipedia )
Vinay and Advaith have weekly holidays on Saturday and Sunday. Yesterday morning Vinay , Advaith and I went to the neighbouring city called Wiesloch. It is not far. We walked along Hauptstrasse, vehicles are not allowed there. The cobbled streets and old buildings add to the beauty of the place.
Before leaving Vinay and I had coffee in a bakery called Rutz. Advaith drank hot chocolate. He likes it very much.
Kavya and Advaith are fine.