I’ve been meaning to do this post for ages, but the awful hectic deadlines at work and the awful clutter at home barely allowed me the luxury to sit and do a post 😐 .
A few weeks back, I met RM . She was in Pune for a marathon and dropped me a message earlier in the month asking me if we could meet up. Obviously I was overjoyed at meeting her in person and we set the date of meeting which was a Saturday.
On the said Saturday morning, I quickly wrapped up work at home, handed over the twins to the BIL and accompanied the MIL and SIL to do something called as “wedding shopping”. This is an activity which can drive non-shoppers to the edge of insanity. Considering that the trio of us who went shopping are all non-shoppers ( the types who pick up the first dress or stuff that comes into view), we were the ideal kind to fleece. The shopkeepers cajoled and even chided us on our choice of sarees. “Yeh mat lo!! Shaadi ke liye itna sasta kaise le sakte ho” kind of statements had us hanging our heads in shame! The BIL had begged me to go easy on the shopping as he handed me his credit cards with tears in his eyes. Possibly the first time he was giving it to a woman 😐 . Poor chap! Little did he know that it was just the beginning.
I did take pity on him and was cautious with the expenses. We went to just two shops, quickly bought a few sarees and dress materials and called it a day. But even by our quick standards, it was around 5pm when we finally dragged our sorry selves back home 😦 . Lugging all those bags had made us weary like hell and we just collapsed on our beds.
I think it took me 2 seconds after hitting the pillow to remember that I had promised RM that I would meet her. Quickly got up, dressed up the kids, took a quick bath and got ready. The BIL said he will drop me to the meeting point but he asked me to wait for a minutes as he was waiting for his friend to return our car. So we waited. And waited. And waited. Finally, I snapped and told him that I was taking an auto. He was rather ticked off at his friend but he didn’t want us to take an auto so he dropped us there on his bike. The worst part was that it being a Saturday night, the entire city came on the roads ! It took us much longer than expected to reach the venue where I would be meeting RM for the first time 🙂 .
In my hurry to leave, I hadn’t combed my hair nor remembered to wear ear-rings. So as I walked towards the venue, I combed my hair (looked mighty silly doing that in public) and hunted in my purse for some ear-rings. Thankfully, found a pair ! Just then, got a call from RM. I looked around and there she was 🙂 . Believe me, I think when I first saw her, I thought that I knew her forever! We rushed at each other and hugged like long-lost sisters! The twins looked on keenly, almost worried to see their mother smothering someone besides them 😀 ! Two men looked on in wonder and then RM introduced me to the wonderful RD and her cousin. As I was talking to them, I looked down and saw that I was still holding one ear-ring in my hand. The other was in my ear 😐 . I wonder what the two men thought of my haphazard appearance 😦
The icing on the cake was little R who has the brightest smile ever!! EVER. And dimples!! I had no idea she had DIMPLES!! 😀 😀 😀 My one weakness in human form is for dimples (I found the BF rather attractive because of the tiny dimple that forms under his lower lip when he smiles or talks. Its captivating 🙂 ). Anyhow, Little R is a bright little thing with killer dimples. Did I say that already? Never mind! She’s a precocious little thing and it felt good to see that Lui took an immediate affinity to her. Within minutes of meeting each other, they were holding hands and sharing secrets 😀 . Shobby held on to my hand, a tad shy of the sudden gushing all around him and apprehensive because his beloved sister had forgotten about him after meeting R 🙂
RM is exactly like I imagined her…she talks just like she writes in her blog 🙂 ….we started talking and walking and I realized that it just didn’t seem like our first meeting 🙂 ….we spoke about so many things and nothing in particular! But the best part is, we didn’t bring up the topic of our respective blogs at all! Figure that? I mean, blogging is what brought us together, but throughout the time we were together, we talked about the kids, jobs, work pressure, toilet-training and what not 😀 .
At a little Italian restaurant, we had pasta and some baked corn bread and paneer tikka roll. The kids had orange juice to go with the bread and the pasta. RM, preparing for the Pune International Marathon the next morning, hardly had anything! It was up to me to finish the roll and the pasta which I did without much guilt 😀 . Lui didn’t want to go home so soon as she wanted to spend more time with Little R. So RM, being generous, suggested that we all go to her hotel room and spend some time there. Once in the room, we had the mandatory rounds of the loo for the kids :). We tried talking, the two of us, but it was so difficult with the three kids running around the room and playing hide-and-seek (hiding under the blanket while the others searched 🙄 ) . They were having so much fun that we in turn were enjoying all the laughter coming from them.
We had a round of photo session where the kids obliged us by making poses 🙂 I would have put them up here, but my laptop has conked out and I’m unable to download the snaps to it. Will do it sometime later (with due permission from RM, of course 🙂 )
A quick look at the watch made me realize that it was already 9:30 pm and it was time I left since I had a long way to go. Not only that, RM had to get up really early the next morning because of the run. It felt bad bidding goodbye, because I didn’t get to spend as much time as I would have liked to 😦 ….with promises to keep in touch and visit each other, we parted ways. I felt rather sad when I was walking out of the hotel….I’m terrible at keeping in touch and it seemed such a shame that I could meet a wonderful person like RM for such a short while. I didn’t know if I would keep my promise to her and God knows I want to 😐
Dear RM, it was so wonderful to meet you….I really hope and pray that we meet again! Thank you so much for a wonderful time and also, for the lovely books you got for the kids. We had a great time doing the activities and reading stories about Toto the Auto 🙂 . Also, the ear-rings you brought for me are beautiful! They are the exact shades that I didn’t have and needed …! You must be a mind-reader 🙂