A few Sundays ago we went for brunch with some friends at a wonderful Belgian bakery, Le Pain Quotidien, in South Bombay. They’ve spent time teaching in Brussels and assured us we would not be disappointed. The kids were great-Noah was at a birthday party so it was just the girls, Sophie, their four year old daughter Lulu, and Stella. Paul and Kevin talked football (Kevin’s also a huge Seahawks fan) and Ang and I were able to squeeze in a few complete sentences between cries for drinks, markers, and “down” (all from sweet Stella girl). Eventually, sensing my desperation to finish a thought, Paul took Stella for a quick walk down to The Gateway of India, which happened to be across the street.
Not only did Stella get the usual mobbing-people are very sweet, but can’t resist her touching her super blonde hair and squeezing (in a gentle, loving way) her chub, but she also received a talik as a blessing.
There are so many interesting festivals, celebrations, and rituals here in India. I feel lucky that we get to learn about so many and are welcomed with open arms by the people of this country.