A New Life..A New Beginning.. Initial Experiences in Bangalore

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

At Bangalore airport

Life indeed is what happens when you are planning other things.

Getting Home-Ready

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

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..

 

 

Saying Goodbye to a Very Special Person…Pinky

It has been almost six years now since Pinky walked into my life. As i was grappling with looking after two six month olds, who would constantly cry, not feed, fall sick together Pinky came to me, recommended by someone who knew someone we knew. And just like matrimonial matches that are meant to be….this one was too…perfect and absolutely meant to be.

My  Lady Jeeves

My Lady Jeeves

I still remember thinking ‘Pinky’ is a too modern name for a Marathi girl. Later I came to know her name is Mangal and since everyone used to tease due to the movie “Mangal Pandey’, she changed it to Pinky. That’s the kind of girl she is, very proud and one that stands absolutely no nonsense from any one..anyone except her favorite Abhinav and Kaamya.

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When I first talked to her, I remember telling Pinky “pyaar se rehne ka bachchon ke saath”.  Really, I need not have bothered. She loves the kids and they adore her. All the time, they are like ‘didi, didi’ and half the time, they end up calling me didi. Didi also takes care of their studies (padai work), their dresses, their uniform, shoes and every little thing.

Pinky calls me didi . She has been truly a big strength for me. With her around, I never did have to bother about anything. She would even cook at times. When I took up Contentorial work, I can safely say i was able to commit well to it and achieve success only because she took care of the kids and a 100 other things.

Whenever Pinky is not there, things are haphazard. She does everything with precision and professionalism. As i leave for Bangalore, it is her that I will miss the most. It is easy for me to ask her to come with me. Actually, I did too. But she has her own reasons for not coming. And then I realized it is not fair that I ask her to come. She has her family and her future to think about.

Even if she would have agreed to come with me, it would have been very selfish on my part to take her. Just for my convenience, taking her is not right. I pray to God to give her the very best in life. Let her get a good job. She is bright and clever..let her get the right opportunities to move up in life. And eventually let her find love and happiness and everything else that she truly deserves.

Rarely in life you come across people who make an impact on you. A young 18 year old girl came into my life and changed it in many ways. I only hope her association with me has been beneficial to her in some ways too.

As I move on in life, I am sure I will get other maids to do things and take care of things. But there will be no one like Pinky, I am sure. The only one like Pinky is Pinky herself. God bless her and all the best to her.

Saying goodbye to special people  is indeed hard…..

Boy! What A Day at RTO

Boy! What a day it has been. I spent a lot of time at RTO today and am much wiser about the inner workings of the Regional Transport Office.

Firstly, it was a no-show by our Honda City smart card (RC book) that had us on the edge. It was more than a month since the card had been given to be transferred to my name and tensions were running high. We needed the card to effect transfer of the car. Countless calls to Ajit the agent and a fair number to Ashish, our car friend and SOS back ups to Pappa ensued. And finally the card arrived today.

Next step was the insurance and NOC for the car. Again have handed over card to Ajit and cheque for insurance. The NOC will hopefully come in a 2-3 days.

Then was the NOC for the Honda Activa. And then it was pointed out to me that the chassis area of the bike has totally rusted. So we need to apply for a new chassis number. Otherwise we will have a problem, registering the vehicle in Karnataka. Though the chassis number is present on the RC book, apparently, it has to be present on the vehicle on some part. So now again the processes for that are on. Once again, time is an issue. Why oh why does everything come together in a big rush at the end, giving so much stress and stuff.

And boy! what a day it has been….