Its just been a week since we got back from Bangalore. In this week my family went from having 2 girls and 1 boy to 3 girls and 2 boys :-) So happy. Both of my sisters have had their babies 5 days apart.
In this one week we have had several things happen. Raghu has been playing lots of computer based games with his friend downstairs. We live in a squat building, within a lovely green oasis, that has 2 duplexes. Our neighbors downstairs have been wonderful to interact with. Their older daughter, A, comes over for art-classes... she established the classes all by herself! And her younger brother, I, is around 8 and hangs out with raghu quite a bit.
Last evening A came over and said she'd like to cook. The kids pop into each other's houses all the time and both I and A are polite, easy too be with kids. So mine like having them around... yay! So A was willing to cut up veggies for our dinner and stir fry them. But Zoya was in the kitchen at the same time. We have a little cupboard in the kitchen which has some small bottles of ingredients that are found things, or just spices that have expired or not in use etc. I save these things and more... cause Zoya loves to cook with them. She does not care for edibility. But Raghu does... so he tends to cook with edible stuff. Anyway back to my story.... A and Z were in the kitchen together....
Raghu too entered the scene and started to crack an egg.... then A told him he could make a cake with that egg. Raghu had started with an experiment in mind but he got inspired. So we proceeded to add cocoa powder, sugar, a pinch of salt, flour, pinch of baking powder and milk to that cracked egg. A took the molds with batter to her house to bake downstairs as our oven has shorted out.
A while later the cakes came out and were an interesting firm, pudding texture consistency. As Raghu enjoyed his cake, he said "we are lucky to have them for neighbors" It made me smile. Its been a while since a comment like that about new friends in India. We are very lucky indeed.
You see not only do them come over and hang out, watch videos with us, take walks with us, play board games, converse about this and that etc... but they also have a mom who gives them the freedom to spend their time away from school in a pretty relaxed fashion. So I plays video games and he is only on a clock in terms of homework/some classes and meal/bed times. raghu has adjusted to I's clock and will wait for the clock to strike 4 so he can go knock on their door.