5 June 2012

The grand conclusion on running!!!

Early morning. Dad and I are having tea sitting outside. Everything was going great till I pulled my running shoes out. So far it has been a 30 min lecture on the ill effects of running 🙂 His conclusion was hilarious – “Sutorang, jotoi dourou, hnaatu jedin jabar sedin jabe-i” (“therefore, howmuchever you run, your knee is going to give in someday anyways”) 🙂

4 June 2012

The frontside back cap…

Got down at Durgapur station fully prepared for the 110 degree day. I had my shorts on to infuriate my relatives, I had the loosest Hawaiian shirt on that my dad feels I can easily grow into only if I would stop running and my baseball cap on like some of those tennis players – to make sure I give my relatives some time to get used to my shaven head. My dad, had one look at me, chuckled and said “sokaley taratarir modhey tupi-ta ulto pora hoye gechhe” (translation “in your hurry in the morning, you mistakenly put your cap on frontside back”). I chuckled back knowingly…

4 June 2012

Nikita’s questions!!

First train journey in India with Nikita alone. She has a million questions as she struggles to bridge two very different contexts – why are the people walking on tracks? Isn’t that dangerous? Why does India have so many golf courses? (they are paddy fields!). Why do all houses look dirty? Do they have pictures of when the houses were new? Why were those two boys sleeping in the station? Are their beds coming in the next train? Going to be an interesting ride….

3 June 2012

My great aunt!!!

Promise fulfilled! Last year, during a phone call, I had promised to come and see her personally. This is the 96 year old great aunt of mine who had accepted my grandmom and her kids into her family when my dad lost his dad (he was 2 then). Without that and the sharing for the next 15 years, there is no telling what my dad would be today. Or I for that matter. We chatted for two hours. Best time of my life!!!