Rain.

Our first summer showers arrived with thunder and lightning and the photograph above was taken at 5.30 pm today.

We have been having really hot and on the odd days, humid days. The rain is a big relief.

The thunder however scared Koko and since there was no one else was at home, she came and slept over my feet under the table where I was sitting and working on my desk top.

Perks of having dogs at home!

Nothing Like A Sister.

“My brother Ramana Rajgopaul can be described with both these words!😎🥰”

The comment and the image was posted on Facebook by my one and only sister who comes up with some astonishing posts there.

This must be one of the most astonishing as, it is true and teaches her brother another word to describe himself.

Small Pleasures.

I experienced a very painful attack of food poisoning early last week and the cure which included some strong antibiotics, was worse for its side effects. While the pain disappeared, the unease and listlessness lasted well into the weekend but, the worst of it all was my inability to sleep like I am used to.

Anyway, after the major side effects wore off I decided to go for a hair cut and a head massage with my usual barber.

The head massage should have made me sleep well but, it did not.

So, yesterday, after almost after a year, I went for a pedicure and foot massage and that did the trick.

I slept very well last night.

Three instances of small pleasures.

Another of the small pleasures was my having overslept. I woke up this morning, two hours after my normal time and found myself totally refreshed and amazed at having over slept.

The best of the small pleasures however was that after over a couple of decades, I did not have to make my morning mug of tea and had the pleasure of getting one delivered by my daughter in love.   She had woken up at her usual time, and having seen me oversleeping, let me do so and waited for me to wake up to give me tea.

I wonder if there is a moral there somewhere in that story!

Inspiration.

A cousin who is very dear to me, has been living alone sans his wife the last month and during the time has been cooking up storms of his favourite dishes from his childhood. He suddenly mentioned one particular dish called Avial and how he tried his hand at it and it came our very successful.

This inspired me to try the same at my home for today’s lunch and I was treated with much appreciation by my daughter in love, her mother who was visiting and my son.

To accompany this dish one more traditional dish was also on the menu called Adai. Preparations were made yesterday itself for it and it too was made for lunch and that too was successful.

I haven’t lost my touch! I am pleased as punch.

Winter Speciality Food.

Among the various people who have adopted me as their own, a notable pair from Mumbai, is ND and his lovely bride RD. ND without fail will call me every Sunday morning to check if I am still alive and to assure himself that I have not removed his name from my  last will and testament.

Today was no exception but, our conversation took off into a different orbit when he grandly announced, to irritate me, that RD was making Undhiyu for lunch today.

That took me to my younger and more adventurous days when I used to travel extensively and taste local cuisines wherever I happened to be. I have had Undhiyu the way it should be had; under a warm winter sun in an open field in a farm with the dish being cooked in the field. I have also had the dish made the modern way using pressure cookers in a number of places and, one notable occasion was when ND’s sister in love JD,  one day caught an early morning train from Mumbai to come to Pune for a day to cook Undhiyu for us.  She brought all the ingredients from Mumbai as she had doubts that she could get some of them in Pune.  She landed up at 11.15 am, came home, cooked and had lunch with us.  She then caught the 3.30 pm train back to Mumbai.

So many memories of this particular dish today and to rub salt in my wound the rascal ND, decided to send me a photograph in WhatsApp of what RD had made.