Well, it has been more than 2 years since my last post here. Thanks to my ever busy daughter , I did not have a single second to myself, let alone blogging. She is in the happiest, exciting and wonderful phase of her life ( she is just 3 yrs old!) and seeing her grow up has given me and my husband so much happiness! So no regrets for the long absence here.
A surprise meeting of a good friend – a strong, independent woman triggered some of my happy memories. And I just had to blog about it!
This blog has many posts about my life at Ooty. And those who have read them will surely remember the beautiful little house where I lived . It was a chance meeting between the owner and my husband that led to us live in that house. The owner had her own construction business and she had been living in Ooty, for quite some years, with her teen daughter and a faithful dog, Steffy.
She took up residence on the first floor and we had the ground floor. Owing to her daughter’s studies in Coimbatore, she used to visit Ooty during the weekends. She was a strong-willed, independent and a bold woman. She was such a help to us in many ways and her advice helped us a lot during our stay in Ooty. There were some flaws in her too but then I always saw the better side of a person.
Before she could rent a place in Coimbatore that allowed dogs , she had no other choice but to leave Steffy with us. What happiness it was having that beautiful girl at home! Steffy was an ideal dog. I had my own dog at that time – Shaggy – a wild fella. Steffy and Shaggy got along well but as Steffy was the senior, Shaggy had to be disciplined most of the times. Steffy was a senior ( almost 12 yrs) and Shaggy was a totally unruly kid ( 6 months). Steffy moved silently and gently through the house while Shaggy was like a runaway wheel.Despite the age gap, the two cuddled up together, shared their food and got along well. I had always dreamed of having dogs running in my house and that dream had become real. However, my landlady got a house in Coimbatore and soon Steffy moved down with her.
I missed ‘Steffy-girl’, her welcome home licks. But there was Shaggy to make up for all that. He drowned me with his love. Life was going good when fate intervened. The husband had to move to Coimbatore for a job transfer. We had to move out of ‘ my dear little home’! A good friend agreed to take in Shaggy as we could not bring him down to Coimbatore. That was the end of one happy phase of my life.
We moved down to Coimbatore in May 2012 and soon got busy with each other’s work. Home – office -home- office – that was the monotonous routine. But then we had another wonderful celebration to look forward to, yes I was expecting! Our little princess came to us on July 2013 and from then on life became been super-duper interesting.
Coming to the present – September 2016 :
I was taking my daughter to the play area in our apartment for her regular evening playtime and guess who I met there? My Landlady of the pretty little house! Whatte a surprise!
Although we got along well with her during our stay in Ooty, the relationship became strained over time. ( I have no idea why this happened!) The last day in that house was bitter and the last conversation hurt. That was the last time I saw or spoke to her.
I was totally at a loss of words when I saw her and her daughter after all these years. I was not even sure if she would recognise and talk to me. But I made the first move and spoke to her. It was a very formal talk and it lasted not more than 5 minutes. In that small conversation, I managed to find out that Steffy girl was doing well! But I was flooded with memroies of the ‘ beautiful house’. I am always thankful, grateful to my landlady – the strong, bold woman for being the reason for those happy memories. I strongly believe that everything happens for a reason and this sudden surprise meet after so many years may not be just to trigger my memories.Who knows?
This was not my first visit to Bangalore but my last one was in my 10th std and I hardly remember it. This trip was not planned but then it turned out to be quite well. Setting foot in the city at 5.30 AM in the morning set me in a slight shivering mode ( I never expected chill winds in Bangalore!). The auto-driver tricked us into paying him Rs.200 just for a short distance. We were so sleepy and tired that we just got on to that auto and headed straight to the hotel.
The day was spent entirely in Mantri Mall. It was like any other mall, but I liked it! After the usual shopping spree, we headed back to the hotel. The next day we had to leave in the afternoon, so decided to just roam about. Yes, that is what we did! Sat in the Cubbon Park in the early hours of the morning, enjoying the chirping of birds and the cool wind,walked through the local markets to get a taste of the typical Bangalore market, walked through the wide green roads!
Bangalore is sooooo GREEN. They too have busy roads, busy highways with vehicles zipping past with such speed, but they have not disturbed the trees. Roads have been laid out, accomodating the trees and not by clearing them away. Why can’t those involved in town planning of Coimbatore city just take a lesson from their books? Almost all the highways in Coimbatore are bare without any green cover – reason stated is – Road expansion, developmental activity. Why can’t they just do it without compromising the green cover? We have lost the wonderful, cool climate that we once used to experience here. It has all become history now. I wonder how Coimbatore Corporation was awarded the ‘Best Corporation’ award recently!
‘wide green roads’.