Saturday was Rakhsha Bhandan day and we had the usual running around by Ranjan to his Rakhi sister who sent across some amazing sweet meats and chicken khababs for my father. Our ex help Asha came with bag of goodies, to tie rakhi to Ranjan and to take my blessings too. I went off to bathe and when I came out, I found that Asha had also lit a lamp in the pooja alcove. I was touched.
The dentist has returned and saw both my father and me. My problem has been sorted out in short order. My father’s old bridge and crown have to come off and new ones put in. I have to take him again on Tuesday.
I quit smoking.
Sunday, went like a blur with too many things happening. A lot of motion with little action. Many phone calls and visitors and toing and froing with little excitement or satisfaction. A phone call from my sister changed some plans already made and gave me some anxiety.
Monday started off with a discussion with Ranjan on a family matter followed by a decision which has now been conveyed to everyone in the family. Since the help expected back after the long week end did not turn up, sent for Chinese take out and the old man was in bliss. My surrogate son Nitin from Mumbai landed up in the evening and gave me some information that had me quite bemused and stumped. Wheels within wheels never fail to amaze me when they are exposed eventually.
Tuesday saw me successfully shopping for something unusual that I wanted for storing some valuables. Otherwise, the day was quiet till I took my father to the dentist. One 18 year old bridge and two damaged teeth were removed with much drama. Operation successful. He was asked to eat soft food and promptly asked for ice cream and catch me refusing him!
Tuesday also saw the return into my life of an important lifeline to my father’s gastronomical indulgences. While I shall be writing a blog post about him anon, a supplier of Idlies and Medhuvadais, reappeared in our neighbourhood today. I am delighted.
Wednesday saw Idlies being procured for the toothless tiger who was delighted. When he is happy, I too am.
Thursday was bank visit and my work was done in double quick time. Advantage of being an ancient relic of the neighbourhood! Another customer who had deserted me returned to make my day complete. A dear friend landed up to cheer me up as he thought that I needed to be, and it turned out that I had to cheer him up!
Friday was Pateti and many phone calls between me and my Parsi friends/relatives took up some time. My father was fitted with a temporary bridge till his gums heal from the extraction of two teeth and the removal of a worn out bridge. I am glad that I am around to get all these things done for him.
As I publish this on Saturday the 20th of August, 2011, I have not smoked for seven days and day eight looks promising.