This was at lunch yesterday with my friends that I had written about in my earlier post on our neighbourhood Irani Cafe.
My hosts were, the young lady Deepali, sitting next to me to my right and her husband Sandeep, sitting at the bottom of the table. The young couple sitting opposite to me Rekha and Sanjeev, are visiting Pune from Mumbai and joined in the festivities. You can also see Rekha’s and Sanjeev’s two young sons Aniruddha and Aryaditta in the picture, as well as Sandeep’s mother sitting to my left. The occasion was Sandeep’s birthday.
I had gone earlier to the restaurant to arrange for setting two tables together as otherwise they offer only four seaters. When the group alit from their car I went up to the entrance to receive them and Rekha who was coming up first greeted me warmly and said that she had met me earlier many years ago. For the world of it, I just could not remember having met her and her husband earlier but let it pass with a casual comment that it was so long ago.
It took me the entire afternoon before I remembered where I had met Rekha and Sanjeev before. It was about nine years ago at Deepali’s and Sandeep’s home for dinner. The former were visiting and staying with them. Little Aniruddha was a babe in arms and the younger lad Arymaditya was not even a thought!.
I sure am getting old!