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?