Ravi, my younger brother came on the 11th night. He and his family live in Australia. He was coming after almost three years. He is a geriatric psychiatrist. As our mother is here, he spent a week with us and left yesterday night for Hyderabad, to be with our elder brother. On the 11th morning I made groundnut chutney powder. We all like it and Ravi enjoyed it. I like making chutney powders and other masala powders at home. It is very satisfying 😊.
On the 13th Ravi went to Puttur, the town where my parents lived for nearly thirty years, to meet our maternal uncles and my mother’s youngest sister. My mother is the eldest of ten children. There is a gap of 25 years between her and her youngest sister. Actually, many of my cousins are younger to my children😊. This was common in those days of large families.
We went to Endpoint and to the lake for our evening walks. Sunrises and sunsets are so beautiful. We watch the sunset from EndPoint and on our way back it was a wonderful experience to see the vibrant colours of the sky. Sadje’s photo of a sunrise came to mind. On 15th afternoon we had lunch in Rajasthani Ghar. It is one of our favourite places. There was aloo paratha, dal and palak paneer that day. We enjoyed the food.
That day we employed Ashoka and his nephew to put manure to the coconut trees. They have been coming to our place for many years. We have ten coconut trees. They cleared the ground around the roots, put the manure and covered it with leaves.
On the 16thevening we went to the temple square. There is a small, old and famous restaurant there called Mitra Samaj. We enjoyed ourselves 😊. Whenever my brothers come, we go there. My father too enjoyed going there. I remember he used to go by bus to the stop nearest to the place and walk to the temple square. We often meet a lady and her family who are flower sellers. We bought flowers from them for our daughter’s wedding in 2011. Most of the shops were closed as it was Sunday evening.
We had a wonderful time together. My mother was very happy to be with Ravi. He lazed around and said it was good to do nothing for a change 😊. Being together was something to smile about 😊.
We thought the monsoon season had ended but it has been drizzling early mornings. One night I woke up and heard the soft sound of rain on the leaves of the jackfruit tree behind our bedroom. It is a nice sound. Yesterday evening, after Ravi left, we were wondering whether we should go for a walk when we saw dark clouds gathering and heard the sound of thunder in the distance. It rained slowly and steadily for almost an hour. The house seemed empty, but life goes on.