Coimbatore trip

Here’s the Coimbatore diary:

Apr 28: Nilagiri Express reached around noon (the correct time would be 6 a.m). Without a book or a mag, pancreatitis I was bored out of my wits rather than exhausted. After a simple Konkani lunch of rice, pharm thoy (thoor dal tadka) and thendla ukkari (kovakkai poriyal), I slept the hot afternoon away.

In the evening, my parents and I reached the reception hall just as the baraat arrived. Even though Hindi movies have done baraat scenes to death, it was all very new for us – the groom on the horse with a veil covering his face, the band, the dancing, currency notes waved around the groom and the dancers and then given to the band musicians. Dhana stood out from her relatives as usual – while most of the women from the immediate family were dressed in chiffon sarees, glittering sequins and sleevess blouses, many with coloured hair, there she was in a silk saree, bindi and her long hair plaited. Though her 4-year-old daughter Kriti tagged along with her wide-eyed at all the excitement, Bala had to manage 1-year-old Srivar.

It took about an hour for the party to move inside but even then Montu sat with his face covered and a sheathed sword in his hand till the bride arrived. The bride was pretty in a very traditional way, and she and Montu looked good together. The impatient guests, not used to waiting so long to wish the couple and get to the food, rushed up on the stage before even the photographers got ready to click away! I met KP’s mom, Rajsundari’s parents, Sudha (who lives in Chennai now, very close to our place in fact), and said hello to Dhana’s assorted relatives.

Dhana and I were happy to see each other, but we couldn’t find time to talk much. But I did manage a 40-min phone conversation with her before leaving CBE. Ours is a 17-year-old friendship – we practically grew up together – can’t find any other words to describe it.

Apr 29: Spent the entire day at home doing nothing. Talked to Sabby and Subha. Went for a walk with my parents in the evening. Got some pics of the cats. There are only 5 of them now, whereas the number used to be nearer 8 some years back.

Snowy

Apr 30: Navin arrived early in the morning. We reached his place after lunch. Went out in the evening and did some shopping. Navin’s mom gave me the Khadi silk saree she has been talking about – it is a plain green saree with a lovely threadwork border and “Ramayanam” pallu. Will have to find an occasion to wear it soon!

May 1: Got up pretty late. After lunch and siesta, it was time for shopping again. I was curious to see the popular Kalyan Sarees and my m-in-law was only too happy to oblige! Bought some pretty bedspreads/pillow covers and towels. Dinner was at one of CBE’s most happening places, “Pure and Natural,” in the Nehru Stadium complex, where you get only vegetable and fruit salads/meals, plus fresh fruit juices and milkshakes. The menu was extensive and quite interesting. As I hate raw vegetables, my choice was fruit – a “Date and Raisin” something – fruits with dates and raisins, mixed with cream. It was yummy and filling. But I managed a “Chilli Gobi” at my in-laws’ favourite roadside fast-food joint, and then some ice cream fizz at “Boomerang,” where it all began for Navin and me one August evening in 1999! Corny as that sounds, that’s the truth!

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