Day 4 was spent soaking up the spirit of Kolkata….the puchkas,the tram ride,the local train,the saree shopping(will do another post on that later),the Eden Garden,the Howrah bridge…..
After the tram ride
The Howrah bridge
On the local train
At the historical Eden Garden
Evening was spent in some saree shopping…
A heaven for saree lovers
We wrapped up the day with a traditional Bengali dinner of bhaat(rice),Doi Macchh(curd fish) and railway station mutton curry.The food was authentic and delicious,the ambiance lovely and the music outstanding Rabindra Sangeet playing in the background.
If you are visiting Kolkata with kids, a visit to Science City is a must.It is the largest Science Center in the Indian Subcontinent under the National Council of Science Museums.It is a unique effort to bring everyone to love the laws of Science.Munch and Perk had a great time there too.They thoroughly loved the place and so did we.There is something there for everyone..
The Evolution Park
It is a theme park covering 7 large walk through dioramas with robotic prehistoric animals and plants.It shows the history of evolution of life.
The entrance to the evolution park
The Dynamotion Hall
Here there are various exhibits and props for visitors to experience and use and understand the underlying principles of Science.It is actually learning with fun. The Space Odyssey
It comprises a Space Theatre which is like a planetarium and we enjoyed the screening of the film Greece. This place also has a 3D vision theatre, a Mirror magic zone and a Time Machine which provides a virtual experience of a space flight.The kids specially had a gala time with the magic mirrors.
dining with yourself
It was an amazing place to be in and I would recommend it to all those who visit Kolkata with your little ones…this is a must visit .It is a fun day out for the entire family.
With the kids exams being over and the schools due to open only in the first week of April, we decided to take a short break and come back before the declaration of the results.We decided to make a short trip to the City of Joy…. yes to Kolkata.
I’ve been to Kolkata many times when I was a kid and it has been one of my least favourite metro. Coming from a small town ,I hated the crows…be it on the roads,the trains,the shops,the restaurants…you name it and there were hordes and hordes of people everywhere .Secondly the weather in summers used to be really humid and bad.(I usually went there with my parents during the summer hols).Delhi and Mumbai are also crowded cities but somehow I preferred them to Kolkata.
But this time when I decided to show my kids The City Of Joy..the heart of Bengal and what our culture is all about,this trip to Kolkata had a different meaning altogether.I saw the city with a different perspective this time.My husband and kids were literally going there for the first time and I had so much to tell them and brag about things I knew.They hung on every word I said.They went according to the itinerary I had prepared for them.They ate at places I recommended ,they bought music I chose and books I recommended.
I would take you through my five days in Kolkata in the subsequent posts.
Eleven years ..ten cities…five separations….two kids.
We’ve been through it all..would love to grow old together in peace now.
Yes, today is our eleventh wedding anniversary…and cherry on cake is Nani and Dadu arriving today.Yay!! And the biggest surprise…WE GOT A BIG HOUSE FINALLY TODAY!Cheers to that …!
After a break of a few weeks,I am glad to be back again.I missed you all…and would be visiting you soon.
August had really been a hectic month.The last day of July brought with it the news of our posting and with it a whole lot of decisions and planning.The most important of them being whether to shift the children in mid-session.But the very idea of waiting till the session ended ie another six months was rejected by hubby as he did not want the separation to continue any longer.Hence,I plunged myself into sorting,throwing,donating and finally packing things I actually needed.At moments like these, one really feels how much stuff is unnecessarily accquired and never used.
Amidst the chaos and confusion,Munch continued her school and even appeared for her unit tests,my parents stood like pillars taking care of the children while I packed box after box .
Rakshabandhan was celebrated when Munch and perk tied each other Rakhis..store bought..no time to make one..
The day finally arrived when Munch had to say goodbye to all her friends and move ahead,The way they hugged and kissed made me teary eyed as I never had to leave my school friends until we all left the school together and even beyond that our friendship continued as some of us joined the same college.But my daughters I think will grow into stronger personalities by the end of it all.I am still a very soft person and cling on to relationships and friendships.
I wish all her friends the very best.They were all very dear to me and hope they meet again.
Then the day where the truck was loaded and I squeezed in the last of my potted plants till I was satisfied that I couldn’t fit in any more..we said tearful goodbyes to our neighbours of three years.The most difficult part was bidding adieu to family..most of all Ma and Baba who were my strength and my support throughout this phase.They literally did more than I ever could or would do for my kids.I know we will all settle down into our new lives,the kids have already settled down and are liking the new environment but we have created a void in those old hearts I know…and they will take much longer to accept the fact that their granddaughters are no longer with them.I know they couldn’t have got better love and care and I will forever be greatful for that.
Its been a long time since my last post.The reason…we are moving.Yes…my husband has got his posting to a peace station after three and a half years of separation.So,I am busy packing up my home ,literally,in boxes of steel and paper cartons.But this time the morale and the spirits are high as we are going to be staying as a family after a long time.The kids will get to see their father regularly and vice versa and not just for two months in a year.We have missed being together although life in the army teaches one to be strong but these three years of being a single parent has drained me out.It would be a relief to have Hubby around to share the responsibilities,the joys and the sorrows and above all the traumas of parenting.I will take some time off and let the Father take over for some time while I put my feet up and relax…..