First of all, and I can’t resist saying this..why a new beginning? Aren’t all beginnings new? I mean, they are new, that’s why they are beginnings. Be that as it may, coming directly to the subject of this post – our initial experiences in Bangalore.
We came to Bangalore on 10th April via Indigo flight and landed at around 12 noon. A had arranged a car and directly we came to our new home – Shriram Samruddhi Apartments – D 803. Never in my life had I thought I would ever move out of Mumbai. And here I am writing this post from a new (barely furnished, make that zero furnished) home in Whitefields in Bangalore.
At Bangalore airport
Life indeed is what happens when you are planning other things.
My biggest issue was the dust and dirt in the house. A locked house naturally accumulates dust. I wanted someone from house-keeping for cleaning. Someone called Chandru did. And he did what he could and ran away promising to come back the day after (Friday) with a cleaning lady in tow. And today is Friday. Friday came, but Chandru did not. It might be of interest (to the 2 out 3 people who are the only readers of this blog, including you, ma, my most loyal and only regular reader) that he charged Rs 300 for this job. A had told me to give Rs 100. So who said labor is cheap in Bangalore?
Getting Appliance Ready
So we did our first major actual shopping. Earlier all our shopping was always over and above the basics. Now we were shopping for the basics. Starting from broom to pochcha kapda to pril to harpic to refrigerator to washing machine, we brought it all and of course buckets. But then we forgot mugs and got them the next day. The appliances were delivered the day after. They sat there for a day, because we wanted the company representative to tell us how to use them. And that happened today (12/04/2013). As of today, we are proud owners (and operators) of LG washing machine and LG refrigerator (both with 10 year warranty). Our refrigerator seems hi-tech, with separate special storage area for fruits (so we should stock up on fruits, no excuses) and cut vegetables..(aha… the best friend of the working woman, who cuts her vegetables, or rather gets them cut in advance).
Getting Kids Ready
I never thought I would say this, but the kids have been as good as gold. They are so excited and keep playing some silly game or the other. One good thing to emerge out of this is that they are eating everything now. Today lunch, for instance was peas pulao and daal. And both had it. Yesterday, it was just tairchaadam and tokku, and they enjoyed every bit of it. And for breakfast, Abhinac has started eating bread with sides. Also he has started eating badam. As always with Kaamya, it is still a struggle, but I am sure she will come around.
And the kids have been having a gala time with all the big cartons delivered with the fridge. They made it their home, were sitting in it and rolling in it. The magic and innocence of childhood…..
Inside the carton home
The Maid Hunt
Ah..Pinky…I will never get anyone like her. Because the only one like Pinky is Pinky. Having said that, I need a maid. Talked to a Bengali lady (incidentally, there is a preponderance of Bengali maids here) What’s her name now..Adhori..She seems OK. Lets see now…
Timepass, Activities Etc
It is amazing how time is actually passing without the TV. If someone had told just 2 days ago that life without TV is possible, I would not have believed him/her. But apparently it happens. And there is a wonderful play area in the podium at first floor level. Yesterday, we were there for 1.5 hours. Should spend more time today. Hopefully will get to know people and figure out if there are exciting classes/activities for kids. Heard some buzz about karate, swimming etc. Need to figure out.
Knowing the Neighbors
Thanks to Kaamya being thirsty, and no water at home and no water in the complex store, I knocked on our neighbor’s door for water. Discovered that they have 2 kids – a boy and girl, both younger than A and K and going to VIBGYOR. There are tons of kids here. Should not be difficult to make friends.
Also discovered one Raji who gives home food..tiffin and all…
Looks like stay in Bangalore will be fun. Watch this space for more..