Punjab is as far away from Mumbai as is Kanyakumari but living in a secular country means having a holiday for every festival celebrated by every Indian. Thus today being a Central Government holiday on the occasion of Guru Nanak’s birthday, I had a chance to spend some leisure time with Anna Shetty.
These last few days have been fraught with worry as Hubby dear is recovering from a TIA. Unsure of the effects of the attack, we literally had our hearts in our mouths for most of the time and took one day at a time. Anna Shetty had the most gruelling schedule of all – putting in an 8 hour day and more at her regular hospital job, then rushing home to check on recuperating father, neurotic mother, over anxious grandparents and rushing back home to start the cycle all over again the next day. It was quite strenuous for her not to mention the rest of us who had to re-adjust to a new schedule of medication, diet, physiotherapy and of course phone calls from well wishers and the occasional visitor.
Today’s holiday, therefore, was more than welcome, more so when we had nothing to do – no temples to visit, no relatives to meet and no rituals to follow.
We spent the better part of the morning shopping at Breach Candy where it was fun to look at all the materials and mix and match to make a set of clothes. Then we walked across to the Breach Candy Club for a lazy lunch of Steak & Chips followed by two sinful desserts – a chocolate fondant and a blueberry pie.