And I have done it. Never thought I would be able to, but I did. I met a fellow blogger, Tara. I visited her home, and had some yummy food too. The grilled chicken and some absolutely mouth watering paav bhaaji. Oh! And did I mention her picture perfect home. Its just the place for friends to sit and chill out in. Relaxed, cosy, vibrant and warm. They have definitely done a great job in doing up the house. Tara is exactly what I thought she would be, warm,sweet and quiet. She was busy being a good host, and letting the BB play around. The BB on his part as always was fascinated with the Tara's fish tank, and kept repeating atu,atu (read water). And he was also amazed with Tara's open kitchen, where he could see us, even while we were in a different room. Tara has beautiful plants all around her home, and sea shells too. She has a mind blowing collection of the shells, and how well she has used them to decorate her home. Every nook and corner of the house has that special touch of beauty and decor.
Tara and Amit are such a sweet couple, if you didn't know them, you could well believe they are just dating. I was just smiling within as I saw them, and I am smiling right now as I type this. We talked about this place, the people and loads more. I love the area she lives in, it is very well organised, and is green enough to make you believe you are in India. We actually drove around the place after dinner, and rolled down the car windows to actually smell the foliage. The greatest thing about the meeting, was that, not for moment did I feel like it was a first meeting. It was like sitting around with friends we have known long enough, and having a relaxed chat and dinner with them. I never knew it would be this easy. Was always a bit apprehensive about what it would be like to actually meet one of the people I read, or one who reads me, and it turned out to be such a wonderful experience, now I just wish we had done this earlier. Tara, thanks a ton for the lovely dinner, and such a fun time. The men bonded nicely too, and I can now always tell the DH, how he met wonderful people, just because I blog, next time he cribs about me being on the laptop too much! The comfort and warmth of the meeting completely belied the fact of it being our very first time. Tara has put up her mysterious account of it too.
The honest fact is, Tara saved my neck, I am leaving, and she kindly accepted to take over my plants. I would have hated to see them dry up. She said she has space, and can take them. And I jumped at the offer, and went to give them to her last night. And since I have mentioned it, yes, I am going on a vacation. Come tomorrow night, and I am off to Bombay for a few days, 12 to be precise. The DH finally got his leave approved, and the tickets were booked late last afternoon, yes he is the absolute last minute kinds. This being the Eid weekend, we were fortunate to find some seats after all. Let the monstrosity of the prices not even be discussed. We finished most of the gift shopping yesterday. Doing very little of it this time, because another, longer trip is scheduled soon enough.
Finally, a vacation after a really really long time. Most of it is going to be dedicated to health care. I am visiting doctors, to let them look into my eyes, ears and other things and ensure that whatever afflictions I have are cured. I am leaving the laptop behind, and staying away from the internet. So that I get more time to relax and enjoy. Waiting to switch on my India SIM card and ring up all my friends, and family. I want to do a photo-chronicling of Bombay, but am not sure how well I will manage. As of now I have the plans though. Durga Pujo is also to be celebrated with great pomp and show, hence am going to pack all my new clothes for the trip. Also packing all the give-away that have collected here, the BB old clothes, blankets etc, some of mine and the DH's too. In India I know of people and places I can give them away to, here I know none.
And, vacationing I go tomorrow!