It seems eons ago that I wrote my last blog post… I missed the blogosphere like hell. Thanks to all you people who drop by, leave comments, send e-mails inquiring about my whereabouts when I’m absent for long, you all make this virtual world of mine seem more real than the original world J
To begin with, things have been crazy at work. For once, I got moved to a new seat which is more like a highway Dhaba. Any person who enters our floor gets the best view of my screen. To top it up, network policies have been revised to be more stringent. All blogs are blocked. Although I get to read blogs in my reader, I cannot comment. The cherry on the cake, however, is the work load which has been at it’s peak. I hardly find time to do anything other than work at work 😛
My vacation was over before I could blink. Ummi came down on 21st May, Monday. Mantam didn’t go to day-care that day. The next day when Abbas went to drop them, they began crying and asked to be dropped home (which happens on rare occasions) Ever since, they stayed back home as it was their school vacation anyway. They sang, danced, played and had fun all day at home.
On June 2nd, Bhabi’s parents (Kaku and Kakima) arrived. They came with a truck load of goodies staring from mangoes, amaranthus leaves, Malabar spinach, pointed gourd, poppy seeds, flavoured tea, home made pickle of home grown mangoes, cumin seeds, rasagullas. As soon as they unpacked all these stuff, Abbas said “Let’s go to HAL market to do some shopping”. All of us hopped into Bulu and came back with varieties of fish, meat and veggies. Abbas’s friends from Kolkata were supposed to come for lunch. So after coming back home, I started cooking the lunch. After lunch, we all began playing Uno. Imagine 8 people playing together. Mantam disliked to be left out. So I gave an old pack of cards to them to play but they wanted to play with us. I again cooked dinner for these many people as most of the food was over in the afternoon 😛 Post dinner Abbas dropped his friends home.
Next morning, we had breakfast and I made payasam for Kaku’s birthday. Then we set out to have lunch outside. Abbas had invited his friends too to join us. We had an amazing lunch in an even more amusing company. From there we went to do some more shopping and headed back home. Abbas and I were to report back to work from next day morning.
The next 4 days seemed hard to pass away. Mantam’s birthday arrived on 8th. We had taken off starting that day. I woke up before everyone else and proceeded to make the birthday cake directly. The cake had to be made in stages. Preparation, baking, cooling, preparing the mousse, refrigerating it to set, assembling the layers and finally preparing the ganache, decorating and it letting it set took a great deal of time and efforts. Apart from this, I also made Mutton Biryani, Egg Curry, Boondi Raita, Vermicelli Payasam and Mango Pudding.
After cutting the cake and gorging on the lunch, we were all drop dead tired. We slept like logs only to wake up at around 6 in the evening. We all just had the leftovers that night. That was it about the birthday celebrations.
Next morning, the troop set out to watch Madagascar 3 in 3D. It was the first time for Kaku and Kakima to watch 3D movies and we all enjoyed a lot. From there we went to a Chinese restaurant to hog some uber yummy delicacies. We are a Chinese Food crazy family. After a heavy lunch, we drove off to Lalbagh. Mango and Jackfruit Mela was put up there. After spending some time in Lalbagh, we came back home with 5 kilos of Mangoes. I made Rice, Dal, Alu Bharta and Fish Fry for dinner.
Next day we simply took rest at home. In the evening we beagn dress rehearsal as we were going to Wonderla* on Monday. Ma and Kakima were trying on my Salwar Kameezes. We were laughing our guts out when Ma put on my Jeans and then asked me to click a picture while demanding to wear sunglasses during the photoshoot. Kakima also wore my dress and gave superb poses for clicks.
On Monday we started from home at around 9 AM but reached Wonderla only at 12 noon….
*Wonderla – Amusement par in Bangalore