On the way to the Post Office the other day, I got a rude shock when I saw that the 8th cross market was no more, Mi!. I rather felt like Rip Van Winkle, waking up to see the world as I knew it had changed. Where I remembered baskets and hillocks of fresh vegetables, smiling women, I only saw rubble. I had to shake myself mentally to adjust to the .. change. The women, some of them, are sitting in 9th cross now. So tough no?

Sigh. Do you remember how one lady’s daughter would come back from school and sit with her while she helped her finish her homework? And that old lady who loved the roasted peanuts that I always took for her after the first time she actually asked me for some? I didn’t see her around. I was talking to one of our usuals and she laughed when I asked her when they expected to move back in. We all know how long government work takes and she jokingly said, perhaps by the time her grandchildren got married? Haha.

By the way did I tell you P got married? She looked lovely! I even wore a saree to her wedding, that plain pink silk one. I went with our neighbor and we clicked photos of each other outside the venue. I sent it to Tanu for fun and we reminisced over the last time I wore that saree – when we all went to Sharda’s sister’s wedding reception. Met the entire E&K gang, ex and existing. Very pleasant morning!

Talking of missing buildings, there’s one on 8th Main that has been razed to the ground, to give way to …. I am not sure what. However, after three years of wondering, the Medhini/Fabmall/More spot has been occupied by a bank – and since the ATM opposite has gone, this is welcome. We do like to have everything within our reach on 8th Main eh?

Yeah. Change is good. Ringing out the old to make place for the new. Fresh air is good. Space is good. I am making a lot of this in my routine and am loving it. Life is too short to worry about non-productive things, as I keep realizing each day. And by the 30th of this month, I hope to have accomplished some major stuff. So please do keep that virtual kaapi coming, Mi. ♥