I and S met up with lakshmi and her parents last night. Officially they were the first friends and family who visited us in Vizag….
For me they are ‘friends and family’…. Laks has been my dearest friend from over a decade and she is family now since she is more like a sister than a friend. And her parents are few of the sweetest people I had met in my life. Knowing them since long…they are family now.
We met up at a restaurant which in no way or degree matched the occasion. There isn’t anything remarkable to write about the place or food. So I let it take back seat since it would pale out in comparison with the pleasant evening.
What was wonderful is meeting L, aunty and uncle and chat upon past, present life though nothing in particular. We conversed upon how much had changed and how much remained the same. It was ‘bonding’ time and it made me quite nostalgic. Long lasting friendships are priceless and genuine.
I don’t have friendships from high school that lasted, so legitimately and truly L is my oldest and dearest friend and I feel glad that the emotions grew deeper with the test of time. We would chat and spend endless hours talking stupid stuff, giggling interminably and we are still absolutely capable of laughing at nothing and anything.
When I contemplate the times we spent together, it fills me with comfortable warmth and blessedness. She is a person with whom I could open up without any reserve, lean on and also blabber total non-sense and still know that I would be loved. L is the essence of what a true girlfriend means……though we don’t meet up consistently now, whenever we meet we always pick up from where we left off last time. And I can be this only with very very few people.
Co-incidentally this happens to be my 50th post and I dedicate it to L for always being there. And am always there for you too L….
Wishing you all the success and happiness.
Lucky to have you.
P.S : Your straight hair looked awesome L…just loved it. Have been considering it since a really really long while but had been vacillating since I was pretty anxious about its aftereffects. What if I turn Bald? (hehehe).But now am all set to take the plunge and don the new look.
Can’t wait for it 🙂
The first week of any new year will always be special to me since it will bring in S’s b’day. This year it happened to be a weekend (5th Jan) and we were home. The day was quite exciting, more to me rather than S.
I could also say it was a gourmet weekend since we ate quite heartily and enjoyed every morsel during the 2 days. In fact I feel quite full now too. Even after complete 24 hrs…the effect relishing food and a warm family has on you….is incredible.
I had reserved a table well ahead at Angeethi , this place always makes me happy…they offer some of the most delicious and satisfying authentic punjabi food.
5th Jan: We had a lovely and simple homemade lunch of Pulihora (Tamarind rice), fruit custard and Anna Paramannam (jaggery sweet rice pudding) and a helping of egg less butterscotch cake (surprise from S’s sister)..The lunch was planned to be simple since we (S’s parents, S’s lovely uncle , S and I) were going to dine out.
As I already said Angeethi serves lip-smacking food…a special mention and applause is also needed for its service and rustic ambience. Right from reserving a table to bringing in a cake for us ( I wished for an eggless Butterscotch cake – yeah one more, quite a co-incidence). They all the way ordered, and picked up the cake for us (they don’t have a bakery). That’s very sweet and impressive. And as soon as we stepped in we were comfortably seated and they brought the cake and played a happy b’day song….S was totally surprised and happy too. He didn’t expect it at all….and I was elated.
And the cake tasted divine…really divine…very well made. And we enjoyed the whole experience, their service and food. A very well spent evening indeed.
And when I offered to pay them for the cake they refused saying that it’s a gift for their guest. This totally shocked and amazed me……they offering to bring it in itself was very humbling…and now this was a real icing on the cake….and we were again bowled over by their service. No wonder its one of the top money-grossing restaurants in Hyd. It truly deserves to be one. And we brought the cake back home too. Yeah, We had the cake and ate it too….:)
6th Jan: I had a generous breakfast comprising of the butterscotch cake…can’t have enough of it…and we had a very yummy home-made lunch and an evening snack from McDonald’s ( after quite a while…we all loved it) and then I had finally rounded off with …..My perennial favorite, Avakkai Annan ( Pickled rice) for dinner.. Could there be a better way to conclude this 2 day culinary journey?