If we were having coffee…3rd December #weekendcoffeeshare

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Hello friends!  Do you feel the winter chill yet?  For a city like Mumbai which is hot throughout the year,  we get a few weeks of pleasant weather when the mercury dips below 18 degrees.  We haven’t reached there yet,  but it is pleasant enough to snuggle into a blanket in the early mornings.  How is the weather in your city?

The past few weeks have been a mixture of emotions.  There was a birthday,  al house warming,  some illness and a funeral.  My grandmother who had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for almost a decade finally found peace last weekend.  Though we were expecting this for sometime and also hoping at some times,  it was still a sad event.  The illness had left a strong, vivacious and independent woman completely dependent on others as she was bedridden the past couple of years.  In the end, she did not even remember herself.  And she was in a lot of pain.  May her soul find peace in heaven.

Changing weather brought in a bout of sniffles and cold.  The husband, son and myself caught the cold. We have put that behind us.

We attended the 60th birthday of a cousin of my husband’s.  Surrounded by her husband, children and  grand-child,  she looked every bit happy with her life.  It was good to see her so happy.   It was infectious and we came back home on a high.

Since #demonetisation hit us,  every weekend is spent in a queue either outside an ATM or in a bank.  I also met some friends at the bank queue which I had visited after many years.  We learnt to manage our expenses with limited resources.  Before making any purchase,  we debated and weighed the decision. ‘Do we absolutely need it?’ has been the most common question in the past fortnight.  We were humbled as we borrowed money from our children.  They were the only ones who had cash in hand.  The best part has been people helping each other and adjusting wherever possible.  The world is a good place and there is still hope.

So, another cup of coffee?

8 thoughts on “If we were having coffee…3rd December #weekendcoffeeshare

  1. Sorry to hear about your grandmother. May her soul rest in peace. Alzheimer is hard and I fear forgetting it all. All memories, good moments of life. I wish there was a cure.
    Ask me about money. Long queues and what not. I wish it was better planned. Lovely coffee chat with you, Lata. 🙂

  2. Sorry to hear about your grandma. But I hope she is at a better place. It’s terrible to see people, who were once vivacious and strong, wilt like this in oldage.
    Yes, it never occurred to me that only kids now will have enough cash 🙂 they must be feeling so special now.

  3. So sorry about your grand mom, Lata. May she rest in peace.
    Winters have arrived in Kuwait with the days mostly cloudy. It’s not so cold but the strong winds has made me wear layers of warm clothes.
    Aah! When is this money situation getting sorted. True, demonetization has truly changed the way we shop and think about money. Have a great week ahead, Lata!

  4. So sorry to hear about your grandmother, Lata. May her soul rest in peace.

    Demonetization sure is turning out to be a nightmare. I have two 2000 buck notes and no one is willing to give me change for it. So painful. Thankfully I have people around me who help us out. Touch wood.

  5. Hugs, Lata. I can’t imagine what it must have been like. I hope and pray she rests in peace. My grandmother didn’t have Alzheimers’s but towards the end, she was not even remotely what she used to be and she was such a strong lady. So, though her passing might have been expected, it was still hard. So, I know what you must be feeling.

    About demonetization, you are right I love how people are helping each other. I hope it is managed better because I really want it to work.

  6. It must have been such a sad situation, Lata. Alzheimer’s leaves a person in a horrible condition. An uncle was a victim of the dreaded disease for a couple of years till death freed him from it. I have heard such sad stories of how the victims – independent and living a full life before it struck – were left in a helpless condition by the disease. But, that’s life, sadly so.
    Sigh.
    Birthdays and anniversaries do give us all a feeling of happiness when all of our near and dear ones gather to share a few laughs and some golden moments together. These are occasions I look forward to!
    It was nice having coffee with you, Lata! 🙂

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