Changes of more than one kind caught my eye ever since we landed here.
The kids are enjoying waking up early in the morning, to the tweedling of the bulbul,the chirping of the humming bird ,the tweet tweet of the weaverbird and the koookooo of the koel. The gregarious Mynnas and seven sisters provide much entertainment to the guys.They’ve now discovered walking barefoot and watering the plants, getting wet in the water pump,and making mud pies is far more fun than the games at the entertainment places!!!!!
Did I mention how much the palm fruit is available this year? Well,we’ve befriended the local palm fruit vendor and he makes sure we get our daily quota of some really tender sweet and succulent palm fruit,every morning. Palm fruits are natural body coolents and is most suitable for this heat along with the tender coconuts water.
We got a good harvest of mangoes at Dad’s farm this year and we’ve had enough and more of yummy yummy mangoes and theres still a lot more left.I know we will never get fed up of mangoes but for now we’ve had too much ;)
People are going out more on the weekends,most of the restaurents are jampacked,the prices are really high compared to what it was last year .One another thing is there are more and more new houses coming up in our area.When we first built our house here,ours was the only house in the area apart from another house a good distance away.We now have good drinking water inside the house too , yay!!!! earlier,we were at the mercy of the watertank lorries to get our supply of drinking water and had to run up and down at a crazy speed, filling up every little vessel with water as we didn’t know when fortune would smile on us and the lorry drivers decide to bring our next water supply!!!! .Until then we had to depend on the salty borewater.
Most conspicuous is the absence of the butterflies and several species of birds in the backyard.There were so many kinds of butterflies that we loved looking at sucking nector from the flowers in the garden .
The lake that was a little farther up on the road is now converted into a busstand and there are so many flats coming up replacing the old stately mansions that stood there before.
Maids are becoming a lost race as well.Noone seems to be available for doing the hard work and the labour costs also have soared up.Gone are the days we had a maid for every little thing we had to do.We were so spoilt that way that it gets hard to cope.
However one thing that hasn’t changed one bit is mom’s yummy fish fry and fish curry and her Biryani and Mutton fry.It feels like heaven when we sit on the verandah inhaling the heady scent of the Jasmine in the air from the garden and feeling the cool evening breeze , chit chatting,sipping coffee and eating masala vadas, bajis.