I am back with loads and loads of stories from my two week vacation 🙂 Technically, this post should have been written last Monday but as always, work would be at its peak the moment one’s vacation ends right? Last week was one such week which kept me super busy! I was yearning to come back here to tell all the stories and today, I am making time between work or I guess I will never get around doing this post 🙂
Any vacation feels shorter the moment it starts, and this time I felt it grow exponential every minute. The house was full of relatives, there was no dearth of functions going on every day. Every day of that two weeks was jam packed would be an understatement. We were running errands as late as until 12th Feb though the wedding preparations started 3 months back. As such we didnt know how fast time was moving until groom’s family landed at our place on 11th and then the real drama started. We were all running as if wheels were fixed on to our feet. We were always on our toes to get anything they wanted us to – Needless to say we were full on tired at end of each day.
Meanwhile, I turned 26 🙂 It wasnt feeling like my birthday at all, for there were other important things going on and I was one of the key players preparing everything. I did get my gifts from my sister and S a day earlier only and for some reason I didnt feel quite like the bday girl 🙂 Sis got me a super cute hand bag, in spite of being so busy all through out! S first handed me a cover of about 10 nail colors, knowing how much I love them. This man always plays this trick, for any occasion my first gift from him would be a nail color and he seems interested in fuchsia for he has given me atleast 7 until now at diffferent times 🙄 While I thought this would be it, he took me out to the car at night and asked me to get something from inside it. I was wondering why only I should pick it up, when I saw a huge cover inside. The dumbo GB that I am, closed the door without guessing its a gift for me. The very next minute I opened it back to find a huge teddy bear – my first one from S 🙂 During the day, two of my BFFs wished me, while the one who calls me right at the strike of 12 every year from my childhood forgot this round 😦 It was so sweet of Visha to give a surprise call, which I could luckily pick up given the circumstances. The entire lunch party was waiting for me to serve them sweet while I was busy talking to Visha 😀 😀
Sister’s Engagement, Reception and Wedding happened on 13th and 14th Feb, I was on her side all the time – I mean all the time 🙂 The fact that its my wedding anniversary didnt strike at all until people started wishing me and S. It felt so special to be in my sister’s wedding on the same day, with same set of people as mine 🙂 I and S were in our wedding clothes was another coincidence 🙂 I should narrate the wedding story in a separate post! It now feels like a dream to see my little sister married and all that now 🙂
We started to the groom’s place for another reception after only a day of rest. We had a van full of luggage and this is the first time I traveled in such a big group with bags and bags of luggage. Since we were going to a village and that my sister was newly married, her MIL suggested she comes in a saree. I and sis were shocked to the core, not expecting something of this kind. Sis had to travel in a saree, her first time. I must say she managed quite well 🙂 I was at the advantageous end as my MIL was not coming with me and I am no longer newly married 😀 I was comfortable in my salwar and slept like a doll the very minute train started, that is at 8Pm 🙂 As soon as the van stopped infront of Y’s house there were atleast 20 people waiting to see the bride. While I was helping with the luggage, people mistook me for the bride and were looking at me in disbelief (that is to find me in salwar) thankfully I found it out quickly and pulled my sister out. It was a totally totally new experience for us staying there. Every minute someone peeps into the house to see my sister and her family, that is us 🙂 More on it later again!
We came back to Chennai in three days while Sister and Y left for their honeymoon. Little did we know about the all -India strike until we saw their honeymoon plans going for a toss. They were suggested minimal changes to start with and as time went by, the entire honeymoon trip got cancelled. They had to find a bus immediately and come back to Chennai. The strike was called a huge success and all that , but seeing petrol prices go up again, what was it the strike achieved except for causing major inconvenience to the public? I stayed at my ILs finally for two days, my MIL was waiting eagerly for me to land there right from the minute the wedding was over. She was highly proud of me, for taking care of so many things during the wedding and was in all praises for me. S had planned a surprise road trip to Pondicherry along with my parents and everything worked out so well. I had the most amazing time there and would do a post on it separately! Last to last Sunday, we tugged along our parents to Bangalore to stay with me for a week and this again requires another post 🙂 Today as I write this post, both S and my parents are back in Chennai and I am back to my routine life here. Sigh!
One thing, that I forgot mentioning – In all the two weeks, I was the implicit food server every time The minute food gets prepared, I had to take over the serving business and that continued not only at my home but at the groom’s place too. Its as if I am made for that, my name got called every single time. For a person, who knew only eating all these years and never once served food – its a huge learning. Now, serving food is not that easy as there were no dining tables and trendy small casseroles. Atleast 15 people would be sitting on floor in rows and I had to carry/pull along huge paathrams of rice/sambar/rasam/curries/curd/sweet to each and every person. When the hands are job-free, mouth has to function to get the needs for each and every person and cater for them. I must say, I did a pretty good job, though by the end of all this I thought my back would remain bent only for the numbers of times I had to bend and get up 😆
Another achievement is I learnt to drape a silk saree in less than five minutes, I kid not. By end of all the celebrations, I had worn all sarees from my collection including the two new silk sarees that I bought for the wedding. I was in sarees almost all the time and considering the Chennai heat, its an achievement in itself 🙂
When everything seems just so right, something has to go wrong and that’s how it always happens with me. As soon as the wedding preparations started, I started having symptoms of flu and on the reception day, I was having slight fever which aggravated on the wedding day – whattay a timing! I lost my voice and it resembled that of a buffalo’s. No one recognized me, if I called out to them without showing my face 😦 Most funnily I have sung so many songs with that voice, during the celebrations. My sister sure has a strong heart 😀 Guess what, I am still recovering from the cold and cough.
I can keep on going, as I have so much to say.It’s already turned out longer than I wanted it to be, so I better stop now and get back to my work 🙂