This afternoon I finally broke my LJ jinx as a cousin who came from San Diego to visit said the home of wondernoon was practically on his way home, and dropped me off there. And what a wonderful visit it was. We started yakking immediately while the spouse made A grade filter coffee for me, and then she asked if I could teach her to make "phulka"s, a light, no-oil, nothing-but-kneaded wheatflour bread, which she has always enjoyed at my place. So I taught her how to make it, and wound up making them for dinner; and also decided that I would teach her the very simple, yet delicious recipe for Tuvar Dal that itsalouwelylife's mother taught me, many years ago, which my daughter referred to as "dall dall" to distinguish it from the other type of "dall" that I used to make before. It is a firm and staple favourite with all of us, and wondernoon was amazed how simple it was! A friend's mother had also sent over some YUMMM Kothamalli Thogayal (a chutney made with cilantro) and wondernoon made some Bhel Puri (in view of their nearness to the Hollywood suburb,I suggested they call it Bel Air Puri!).
Little Hari...is just too cute for words. He slowly warmed up to me and was soon giving me coy grins. And after the bhel, when I switched on the electronic tanpura to sing, he kept considering seriously if he liked the sound or not, and kept asking me to switch it on, and off, and on again.
I have been feeling totally out of sorts for the past few days and Wondernoon suggested an activity which, surely. was the best anodyne for this...singing. I sang several songs while she recorded them, and Hari listened, at first patiently and then restively. However, I felt so much more at peace with myself and the world after singing.
We had dinner with renewed praise doing wonders to dispel the rest of the clouds from my mental sky, and then Wondernoon's spouse took a more than one hour ride to drop me back home.
wondernoon....I had been swallowing a lot of tears the past few days, and you have helped more than you will ever know. I do wish I had been able to stay overnight, but I had to get back to the fgt (family get together, which is probably breaking up tomorrow.)
Didn't take my camera, so not a single picture of my spirits lifting!