Satyanarayana Puja days – what fun it was. It is Full moon day today, pournami and I am remembering the hustle and bustle of the morning rush to finish making breakfast, packing lunches, all before 8 am so that you could go bathe and get ready for the puja. You would insist on making the kesari prasadam yourself and it would turn out so wonderful! Then while I finished cooking lunch, you would get started on the puja. After admiring the decorated shrine.

So sad, Mi. Madhavama’s son passed away. Suddenly. He just went out with his friends and before going, hugged her affectionately. This was around 1 pm. And then, at 2, she receives the news that he is dead. She looks so devastated. I had begun to worry about her being missing at her spot for a couple of weeks. Then when I asked the keerai kaaran he told me what happened. Of course I met her after she returned to her post. Lonely and sad. paavam.

Another major news is the death of Valambi. Shocking. Apparently she had knee surgery on both knees and they had brought her back home. The next morning, she passed away. I was really surprised to find out she was 70, Mi! She seemed younger, somehow. When you were in hospital, she was visiting her manni and also came by your bed. You didn’t know of course, being unconscious.

Feb 7 – 2010 – I remember how mama came rushing over. We had kept calling them to wish them on their anniversary and somehow, the tone of my voice prompted him to rush over.

And on Feb 8, it was all over. So unfair. You were only 64. 🙁