New year sightings
Today is Vishu, the Malayalam new year and the first thing I got to see in the morning as vishukkani (auspicious sighting) was the maid's behind! I also forgot to tell the maid to cook something nice and special.
Today is also the birth anniversary of Ambedkar, the Dalit architect of our Constitution. The Ambedkar statue near my colony seems to have got a fresh blue coat of paint and a floral garland. Ash knows the names of the two statues - of Ambedkar and Gandhiji - close to our house and names them each time he passes that way.
The best part of yesterday was spent in the church - first the Mass and then a wedding service, which we were invited to. Met a few old faces at the reception including the tall and handsome octagenarian Mr. Eapen, who ran the church hostel I stayed in before marriage. He still runs it though he looks frail now. The hostel run in his house, with girls packed like fish in each room, had mostly students of Stella and CA aspirants who came for short-term tutions. Having them was profitable for him since they paid the mandatory non-refundable admission fees apart from mess fee. The food was pretty decent especially in the initial days I was there.