a very desi morning

I spent an adorable desi morning with Tara, that set the tone for the rest of our weekend. One thing led to another and plans just fell into place. I love when that happens.

I’ve started taking Tara for her 8:30am swimming class since last two weekends. It gives Agam one day to sleep in since he is a weeknight owl. I don’t work that way. I need my 8 hours everyday. And I am up early even on weekends. So it works out for us 🙂

After the class, Tara and I go for produce and grocery shopping, and come back home with fresh veggies for our chopping Aunty. Who then chops them up and keeps them ready for me to come home and toss a few ingredients together to make a meal every evening. It’s a good compromise. I need the help, but I cannot have some one else cook in my kitchen. She is a big help to us. And I get to enjoy some punju chit chat with her once in a while. We even share recipes, and cooking tips. She is a great cook, and once in a while we ask her to make punju kadhi for us 😀

We like our little Saturday morning routine.

Today, while we were picking up Dosa batter at the Indian store today, Tara saw jalebi and she came running to the aisle where I was standing and said, “I want to eat jalebi.”

To a mother, who struggles (read fails) to pass on any sort of  strains of Indian culture and preferences to her child, this was the best thing I’d heard in months. She insisted we pick up the box. But I told her we need to go to Rangoli instead and get fresh jalebis from there. The plan was on! Agam was not around to sanity check this Mommy-daughter impulsive plan. So we set sail to get some jalebis.

On the way there Tara asked for Hindi songs. Which was double bonus. So I picked a few that I knew she’d like. And we sang our way to Rangoli.

To see so much mithai at 9:30 in the morning is enough to spike your sugar levels. We indulged and bought some rasgullas, since Tara had never had those. And some jalebi and also some kaju barfi. It was fun watching her go wild in the land of mithais. I did not have a sweet tooth growing up, so I didn’t enjoy Indian sweets that much (except for Gulab Jamun). But watching Tara enjoy them is so delightful.

As I was picking up the sweets there was a very nice Gurbani playing in the background.  Something tugged my heart and I made an impromptu plan to visit the Gurudwara tomorrow.  It’s Papa’s eighth death Anniversary on the 2nd, I am starting a new role on the 1st,  Also it’s Fall. There are several reasons to make the trip. Of course the yummy langar is part of the allure.

And while we were at it, to round it up, we also added a play date for both kids and parents with close friends on the agenda for tomorrow.

So just like that, our not so happening weekend, became a fun one 😀 I love impromptu plans. They always make the best weekends.

At home, Tara enjoyed her warm jalebis. And I enjoyed spending a very desi morning with her 🙂

Next, I need to coach her on Bollywood so she can become my desi movie companion as she grows up. I’ve given up on Agam on that front 😛

 

 

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