Cold Excursion – Conclusion

18 Jan

We came back to Gurgaon from Agra on 29th December, Thursday. Friday was spent lazing around at home, eating home food and relaxing. Ummi and I baked a Celebration Chocolate Cake. This time around, Ummi was the Chef and me – the sous Chef. There was some leftover batter with which she made cup cakes as well. The cake was supposed to be frosted the next day.

31st December, Saturday – we went to Delhi and visited the Dilli Haat. We did some shopping there. The steal got from there (this one’s for you RS):

  • A pot designed as a frog for my balcony
  • A Sun God made of bronze (Bhaiyya bought for us)
  • Two quilling kits – one for me and other for Ummi
  • Key chains with dangling elephants carved from wood, their tummies were elegantly carved to reveal a baby inside (Hats off to the sculptor) – to be given away to Mantam’s daycare folks, our domestic help and security gurad
  • Sindoor / Kumkum containers decorated with Laakh and mirrors for Bhabi’s mom and relatives
  • A wrist band with H‘s name written on it for her
  • A set of 6 wooden coasters with a glass on its face painted with a Rajasthani girl’s picture on top. (Bhabi bought for us)
  • Bangles for me
  • Bracelets for Mantam and Mimmi
  • One Laakh decorated pocket mirror, Bhaiyya gave me

From there we came back to Gurgaon and went to a mall called Ambience Mall. Ummi and Mimmi were insistent on taking Mantam to the mall as they always missed and thought about Mantam whenever they played games there. We had some ice creams. While we headed toward that play area, Bhaiyya, Bhabi and Ma went missing and called us to say that they would join us in a while. Abbas and I supervised the kids playing all games. Once Bhaiyya, Bhabi and Ma joined us, we decided to dine in the mall. There was huge queue as it the new year’s eve. We booked two restaurants, Bhaiyya waited at one and I waited at the other. After almost 45 mins, we got an entry into Kobe Sizzlers, where I waited (No, no, I didn’t wink at the reception guy. I promise)

I went in and captured the seats first and informed the rest of the gang to join in. When they enetered, Bhabi had a great fall and twisted her ankles very badly. We got a bag of ice cubes from the restaurant kitchen but she was in tremendous pain. All the excitement had drained down, we somehow finished the dinner not so pleased with the food. They were in a rush to close the kitchen.

When we came out, Bhabi was able to walk albeit limping through her way. And somehow Mantam and Mimmi refused to walk with anyone else but her. Clock had hit 12 and we all wished Abbas a very happy birthday. We bought some pain killer tablets for Bhabi on the way back home. At home, Bhaiyya and Bhabi showed us a Tee shirt and a tunic that they got for Abbas and me as our birthday presents.That was why they sneaked out in between. 😀

1st Jan, Sunday was a busy day as we had to catch the train in the evening. Bhaiyya and Abbas stepped out to bring lots of sweets for both our office colleagues and acquaintances. Bhaiyya brought two Jhola type bags for Mantam which they treasure so much saying – ‘Jumbo ne diya tha ye bag’. Bhabi packed so many other grocery items that are costly in Blore. In between all this hungama, we were 4 ladies in the kitchen. Bhabi and I cooking the lunch, Ma preparing Payesh / Payasam for her son, Ummi and I preparing frosting to decorate the cake. Post lunch, packed our bags. We had plans to start off at 6 as the train was somewhere around 8 PM, although I was not sure about the exact time. I asked Abbas and he said “Get ready fast, we’ll check it out in Tulu”. We cut the cake finally and had spoonfuls of Payasam.

We set out of home at 6 PM. We messed up with directions and ended up taking rounds of the same circle with confusing flyovers spread like tentacles of octopus. Ummi was back with her forecast. She declared – “We will reach the railway station exactly 30 mins before the train starts”. It had begun to rain. Clock’s hands were heading towards 8 PM and I told Abbas to get the ticket out to check the exact departure time. What did we see? This couldn’t be possible…..

As though Ummi’s predictions had magically transformed the departure timings in the ticket – “8:50 PM” it read. We couldn’t believe our eyes. Each one of us took turns to confirm if the other one saw it right. We reached Nizamuddin station at dot 8:20 PM. Ummi had the widest grin ever. I asked her mockingly – “So tell me, will we reach Blore on time or not?”. After a brief thought and a long breath, she muttered “Mmm, well, your train will be delayed by exactly 4 minutes.” Bhabi and I broke into a hysterical laugh at the way she said it. Bhaiyya hired a Coolie and went ahead with him along with the luggage.

Abbas asked us all to walk to the train and that he would park Tulu and come. It was raining and there was no proper parking space in sight. We slowly walked and reached our compartment. It was already 8:45 PM. Abbas was nowhere to be seen. The train was finally gonna start, whistle already blown, Bhabi said – “Don’t worry, He will hop into some other compartment and join you.” My mind was already devising plans on how to go to the loo with both kids together and making calculations on how much it would cost for Abbas’s air ticket.

The train began moving and fellow passengers gave questioning looks at me travelling alone with 2 kids. Within 30 seconds perhaps, Abbas appeared and I told myself “Thank God, Air fare saved. Phew!!!”

At Dilli Haat

At Dilli Haat

Huge Cake (Artificial) at Ambience Mall

Having ice creams at the Mall

The hoarding at Kobe's Sizzlers. The hard core foodie in me loved it. Couldn't help but click while the person at opposite table gave wierd looks at me thinking I was clicking his pic.

Abbas' Birthday Cake

A different angle

Along with the cupcakes

And the birthday boy


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25 responses to “Cold Excursion – Conclusion

  1. R's Mom

    January 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    loved loved loved this post 🙂

    Abbas bhai born on January 1st..isnt that the awesomest day to be born… :):)

    That cake – drooling..

    Glad you had so much fun…you are making me miss calcutta 😦 (I know you went to Gurgaon, but the family of mine is in Calcutta and I am so missing them)


    • Seema

      January 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Yeah – 1st Jan 😀

      Oye, you parents just came na? And you are going to Ahm this weekend? Still cribbing???


  2. Sugar and Spice

    January 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    1st Jan, 14th Jan – all great days wonly!! Belated b’day wishes to Abbas bhai!!

    Loved reading through this.

    ‘(No, no, I didn’t wink at the reception guy. I promise)’ – Now that disclaimer makes me wonder! Did you??

    ‘My mind was already devising plans on how to go to the loo with both kids together’ – How much I relate to this!!!


    • Seema

      January 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      Will pass on your wishes to him 🙂


      😳 Actually Abbas was oscillating from Bhaiyya to me and vice versa to check the real time status. And I won too soon 😀 He stood besides me to witness how the receptionist was behaving extra courteous with me. That’s why I added that line. Now that you said it made you wonder, if I actually winked, I was ROFLing 😀 at the way I wrote that in the brackets. Hahaha

      Yeah, Hi-Five! Cheers to Mommies of twins… (Err… to all Mommies)


  3. garima

    January 18, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Belated birthday wishes to Abbas.Both of you are Jan born:-)
    Loved the cake…Glad you all had a great time.

    I watched the videos loved them..especailly where mantam danced on titli wala song at home 🙂
    Loads of love to them 🙂


    • Seema

      January 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Thank you Garima.

      You watched all of them?? Titli Rani – they danced to this song in Chennai at their School’s Annual Day. That video was shot at home when we did the costume trial 😀


  4. VJ

    January 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    It was an awesome tour diary !!! Loved it totally. Felt like reading a book with all the nail biting moments.
    Belated wishes to Abbas Bhai !!! What an awesome day to be born.
    I am so jealous of your shopping list !! I want all that beautiful stuff from Dilli haat too !
    And all the yummy food too !


    • Seema

      January 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      Awww… That’s the biggest compliment re. ‘Felt like reading a book with all the nail biting moments’ 😳

      Don’t blame me on that. RS asked me about the shopping list 👿


  5. summerscript

    January 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    1st jan- wowww thats coool. Belated Birthday wishes!!!

    woww what fun!! 🙂 And ummi has powers I am telling you 🙂
    The pics are lovely and the cake…yummmmmmmmmm
    Tunic – Awesome 🙂


    • Seema

      January 19, 2012 at 11:45 am

      Thanks SS. 😀

      Ummi has powers, me thinks so too 🙄


  6. Deepsi

    January 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I completely liked your cold excursion series!! It is such fun to holiday especially with Family… One highlifht of the trip was food n the way it was described.. 🙂 ha ha made my mouth water many a times, especially when I was reading ur blog b4 lunch.. 🙂

    I am sure this trip of yours will be cherished!! even if Mantham forgets it in the future they hv an entire series of blogs to refer too!!

    Wow just wondering how wud mantham react to ur blog when they grow up!! 🙂


    • Seema

      January 19, 2012 at 11:49 am

      Hehe, food was the highlight of my trip eh? You know I actually live to eat 😀

      Yes, I’m glad I jotted it all down before I myself forgot everything. Comments from all you lovely people had drove me through it and I enjoyed doing the series thoroughly.

      I hope they don’t sue me for throwing keechad on their reputation in public 😀


  7. Ashwathy

    January 18, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Erm…and here I am with the second set of bday wishes in a row!! 😀 Happy belated bday to Abbas!!!!!


    • Seema

      January 19, 2012 at 11:50 am

      Hehe, Thanks Ashwathy. Will convey your wishes to Abbas 😀


  8. Bikram

    January 18, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    oooh now it is finished 🙂 you are home he he he he

    happy birthday to Abbas sir once again.. and th ecake looks yummmy.

    beautiful pictures 🙂


    • Seema

      January 19, 2012 at 11:51 am

      Thanks Bikram. Will pass on your wishes to Abbas 😀


  9. anisnest

    January 18, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Belated bday wishes to Abbas.. drooling on the cake.. A wonderful vacation to cherish.. you have accounted them very well in this series Seema.. feels like as if I traveled with your family..


    • Seema

      January 19, 2012 at 11:51 am

      Thanks for the wishes and reading the whole series. I am glad you liked it 😀


  10. RS

    January 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Wow! 1st Jan – What a day to be born-its said that number 1s are very strong headed – is he? He sounds like such a sweet person 🙂

    And that Cake – yummmmmmmm….

    And Oh! Thanks for that shopping list – But its much lesser than I thought 😛


    • Seema

      January 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      ‘number 1s are very strong headed’ – is it? No re, Abbas is not strong-headed.


      Yeah, you read about our shopping experience in Jaipur and Agra na? 😀


  11. NBose

    January 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Hats off to u seema for this cold excursion series…i really loved it…u have jotted down the details so minutely …itz commendable yaar!!!

    Belated B’day wishes to ur hubby….


    • Seema

      January 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      Hey thanks re. I was wondering if I was bugging all readers with minute details.

      Sure, thank you on his behalf.


  12. NBose

    January 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    ooops…belated Happy B’day to u as well dear….may GOD fulfill all ur wishes….


    • Seema

      January 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Thank you very much 🙂



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