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Next Door Neighbour

06 Dec

I had written an entire post with this title last week but I did some blunder and it went unsaved  Writing it again as this was an important part of our initial life in Sydney. So, here goes:

As I had mentioned earlier, we were living in Gordon in a shared accommodation. There lived a Chinese lady S with her barely a year old son J. She mostly kept to herself and it was hard to tell that such a small kid lived next door as there was hardly any sound coming from her room. She would go out in her own car which was parked outside the house. We exchanged smiles whenever we bumped into each other initially. After a couple of days, Abbas (being the talkative bloke that he is) broke the ice and initiated a conversation with her. Slowly we began talking more and started sharing our life stories with each other. S had lived in Sydney for many years and was moving to another place soon. We came to know that the only reason that she was there was to sell off few of her belongings. Abbas made no delay in inquiring about the items that she had. It would be a good deal for both of us. We needed basic things when we moved in to an empty house, she needed to sell them as quickly as possible. She took us to the Storage place where she had hired a room to keep her things. We decided on buying a cot, a small cabinet, a toaster, washing machine, 3 storage boxes and a soup pot. All her items were as good as new and she was giving them away for an extremely reasonable price as it was easier for her. On the way back she drove us around Sydney to show the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Sydney Fish Market and also an area where she used to live and showed us a market where we could get cheap groceries. We enjoyed her company as she gave us a lot of information about life in Sydney. She was also sweet enough to set up a Chinese van hire which was very cheap to move the goods to A’s garage which was in the same street as the house we were going to move to. We were yet to get the keys to our house.

She would tell me that she loved the smell of my coffee. So, I made a cup for too. After that I used to always ask her before making coffee. One day Abbas mockingly asked her what she was going to cook for us. She took it seriously and made dumplings for us from scratch. I enjoyed seeing the entire process and learning from her. When she left, she gave a lot of hair accessories as gift to Mantam as she loved their hair. J was an adorable kid and was the most easiest to handle. It must have been because of the fact that he had only seen his mom ever since his birth and he knew that his mom has a lot to do. He never even squeals when his mum puts him on the pram when she is busy doing something. She gives him finger food and he happily nibbles on them without any fuss. He would come to all of us with such ease. We grew so very fond of him. S had been through a lot in her life and it was amazing to see such immense strength and vigour she had in herself. Single parenting is extremely hard and we were in awe of S with the way she made it seem effortless. We really missed S and J after they left us. We still remember them and wish both of them all the happiness in the world.

The Opera House

The Opera House

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Harbour bridge

Harbour bridge

Sunset at the Sydney Harbour

Sunset at the Sydney Harbour

Sea Food Platter - It had Prawn, Basa, Mussels, Oyster, Octopus

Sea Food Platter – It had Prawn, Basa, Mussels, Oyster, Octopus

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Sydney Fish Market

Sydney Fish Market

Live Crab

Live Crab

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Preparation of dumplings

Preparation of dumplings

We were a happy bunch

We were a happy bunch

Making of dumplings

Making of dumplings

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4 responses to “Next Door Neighbour

  1. manasaprasad

    December 11, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Amazing! Loved how Abbas broke the ice and you got to know a wonderful person because of that! Strengthens my belief in the goodness of people, really…
    Hey is there a way I can have your posts right into my inbox? I come check here and I see quite a few posts have gone up… I don’t want to miss a single post!

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    • Seema

      December 25, 2014 at 6:31 am

      Yes, there is still a lot of goodness in this world. Reminds me, have you read the Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathy yet?

      I think once you follow my blog, you would get my posts in the email automatically. So sweet of you 🙂

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  2. greenboochi

    December 15, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Loved reading about S and J 🙂 He looks too adorable 🙂

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    • Seema

      December 25, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Yesss, J is a very adorable kid 🙂

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