I have always admired Soundara. She is truly a sister. She is tinier than I am, and while we were there insisted on cooking great meals. She cannot not be busy, and she is interested in so many things. You can see the sweetness of her personality in this picture.
|Vasu & his pretty wife, Srimithi.|
Notice her beautiful smile.
the house (at right), and still later, Murari's father, Ravi, stopped by, as well.
Distances are very far in Chennai, and the traffic is unbelievably thick. Each time we've gone back, it seems the traffic has doubled from the time before, so it is always a breath-taking ride, and a long one, to get from one place to another.
We visited Rajan's doctor brother (Parthasarathy) and his wife, Vasantha, who live with their son and their son's family. Even though he is retired, he keeps up with current medicine, and we often turn to him for his medical opinion. On the trip this particular day, I was so enamored of the garden in his son's home, that I failed to take a lot of family pictures! Here are three family photos I remembered to take this time:
|Hari, Parthasarathy's &|
|Sudha, Parthasarathy's & |
Vasantha's daughter, visiting us
at her brother's home.
|Anusha, Sudha's youngest daughter.|
Her older daughter lives in the US.
But here are three from the 2012 visit, showing the whole family:
|Me, Soundara, & Vasantha, 2012|
|Hari & his wife, Vidhya, their sons|
Aditya and Anirud, 2012.
On another day, we visited Rajan's brother, Narayanan, in two of his son's homes.
The first was in the home of Ravi and his wife, Nirmala. They are the parents of Murari, who picked us up at the airport. (Murari will be getting married this coming Monday, and we are so sorry that we are going to miss the wedding. We'll be disembarking from our plane home at about the time the wedding is beginning.)
|Nirmala, our beautiful niece.|
|Ravi, her husband.|
|Murari and his grandfather,|
After that, we visited the home of one of Narayanan's other grandsons, Arjun and his wife Smrithi, along with Arjun's parents, Vasanth and Nalini. I really messed up, here! I got so engrossed in the conversations, that I forgot to take pictures. Luckily, Smrithi and Arjun and Nalini came to visit when we were at another grandnephew's home, so I did get a least a picture of them when we went for an overnight at the home of Madhu and Malathi. Madhu is the youngest son of Rajan's sister, and there are pictures of her, as well. This year she had her 80th birthday, but somehow she has kept youthful and full of energy.
|Smrithi, Arjun's wife.|
|Arjun, Vasanth & Nalini's eldest son|
|Madhu in foreground; Arjun in|
|Malathi, Madhu's wife in the middle;|
Nalini, Vasanth's wife in foreground.
|Pattu, Rajan's sister in foreground;|
her son, Madhu at far left, his wife,
Malathi and far right; their son,
Rohid, next to her.
|Maithreyi, their beautiful daughter.|
The day before we left, she gave birth
to a little girl.
|Eyeshwar, Maithreyi's husband, and|
|Malathi, our sister-in-law on|
left, Tarun on right. You can
see how happy he was.
|My husband, Rajan on left|
with Tarun. This kid has so
I mentioned that Maithreyi gave birth to a little girl the day before we left. Her father, Madhu, kindly sent us pictures of the naming ceremony. Here are two:
|Such a little doll!|
|Such happy parents.|
|Raju & Renukkah|
|Art. The flash doesn't do|
the picture justice.
|Each of these are different|
styles, and she achieves
a great deal of mastery
in each one.
Next week I'll be moving on to the time spent in Galicia. Until then, I'll be visiting your blogs and catching up on your news.