Ooo La La… WonderLa

This weekend was an amazing and fun filled Jolly ride. Yes, Literally. It was family time again. A few of my cousins and their kids and us went to Wonder la for a weekend outing. I t was really a joy ride.

Though we opted to reach Wonderla by our own transport, we all met at the entrance. We [our family] were the first ones to reach there. We almost waited there for an hour. [It was my idea to be there on time as we are known to be late for all the family gatherings] The plan was to be there by 11 am everybody reached an hour late. It was 5 years ago the last time we came to Wonderla, [though it is just 30 kms away from the city] Last time it was with Rakesh [my dear cousin who now resides in Australia] there were lots of changes including the entrance fee, which worried a few who were just there for company.

We made our plans to start with Dry rides [ones that didn’t involve water] first and then have lunch and then enjoy the water games. So we didn’t waste any more time we began with a simple ride. We were almost 16 of us [including a few kids] to play the rides. So our family itself would occupy almost all the seats on the ride and it was total fun. The surprising part was, the kids didn’t even deter a little when it came to complex rides. They enjoyed every bit of it. Even though it was a Sunday and almost around 5000 people in the park we still got to enjoy a few rides more than once, especially the rides like Drop Zone and Water Splash. Every time we stood in the line for a ride, the topic was about how scary the ride would be or who would be the one to puke? We really missed Santosh though. [He has an epic story about the rides and regurgitation of semi digested food] Post the ride it was always thrilling and would jump into the line again to go for a second round.  It was almost 4 when we decided to have lunch. Everyone’s hungry and tired. The kids who generally make a mess about eating were so hungry that they just battled through the food.

However, they were still enthusiastic about playing in the water. They discussed about their colorful swimsuits and how they wanted to splash water on each other. Ultimately they did what they wanted to in the kids pool, waves pool and rain disco. I stayed out of the water and DK got in with Nimisha. [He doesn’t like the rides, scared to the core] few went on to play water games and the kids and elders preferred the pools, Wave pool and Rain disco are timed, so you want to enjoy them, you need to be there on time so  I took that task upon myself to take care of the children and gather everybody on time to and made sure they enjoyed it. It was 8 when everybody came out from water and got ready to go. Latha and I enjoyed the cotton candies and the kids enjoyed pulling our legs. Yet, we weren’t satisfied to leave. It wasn’t kind of over for us.

So the plan continued for another 35 kms to Kamath Yathri Nivas at Ramanagar for just a plate of Masala Dosa and cup of coffee. By then it was almost 10. The elders worried about the people waiting at home for our return [read Dads, grandpas and grandmas] and the kids worried about going back to school next morning. The responsible husbands drove us back at the maximum speed but safely so everybody could get some rest to get back to the routine.

Wedding Season…

It’s been a busy week. Raki has come home from Australia for Santosh’s marriage. Marriages have always been family reunion time. There are many rituals and occasions before and after the actual marriage in Indian tradition: Vibrant colorful clothes, yummy dishes, lots of laughter and fun.

We have many ceremonies before, on and after the marriage. It’s a celebration for almost a week and since raki is home, we had a planned a few trips to couple of places. It’s been an excellent time.

The best part of this whole occasion was raki’s friends who had come from Australia. They had come to see the marriage. They were astonished to see the week long celebrations. We were all excited to meet them. Most of our family members were thrilled by their presence and have taken snaps with them, like they were celebrities. We all loved them. They liked us too…

Annie, Bill, Julian, Darren

Appu’s Engagement Function

October’s been a busy month. To begin with it was candles season for me, the busiest of my Business days. Along with it I was also preparing for Appu’s Engagement.

Appu is my hubby’s first cousin. He is getting married in December. We had his engagement function yesterday. Roopa Aunty[Appu’s Mom] wanted me to help her out with the preparation. She comes from a very good family. She belongs to BB Shivappa’s clan. [BB Shivappa is a former minister from BJP] The Engagement ceremony was held at Sakleshpur, in their ancestral home in the middle of a Coffee Estate. We all left to Sakleshpur on Saturday morning. By the time we reached there it was late in the afternoon. We had a warm welcome with cool soft drinks. They were all waiting for us for Lunch. The house is in the middle of the coffee plantation. Built in early nineties, the house is true example of our heritage. Such houses are called as Thotti mane. It houses many rooms, balconies, a backyard, bathrooms, huge kitchen and many quarters for the Housekeepers and drivers. It’s a huge place which can accommodate more than a 20 families. They are more in the number though.

The house in not a home for the family, but it’s a heritage. It’s a classic architecture, with a touch of British influence. Those gracefully carved pillars, huge wooden elephants, horns of Bulls and Deer and the unseen utensils in the kitchen just mesmerized me. I’m sure, I wouldn’t get a chance to visit this house one more time, and I wanted to capture everything in my memories because, I hadn’t taken my camera along with me. Yes it was the first time; I went out without a camera. The new camera is broken again, all thanks to my naughty little daughter. I wanted those memories stored for her as none of us in the family have something called an ancestral house. Both Dhruva’s grandparents and mine had migrated to Bangalore and so our parents have lived here from their birth, so this has been our native. I hope my daughter gets to relive the heritage.

Well, concerned to Appu’s Engagement ceremony –

The food was authentic and very tasty. After the lunch we all went to the rooms allotted for us in the near by resort, which is again owned by the family. We rested for a while and we were invited for Tea in the evening. With the Tea and snacks they had also arranged for Firework show, which was spectacular. We returned to room after dinner and had a good night sleep.

In the morning we all dressed up and ready to have fun at the function. It was again the arrangement and the decoration that caught my attention. It was so unique from what we see in our Bangalore Marriages. The Fruit hangings and Variety of native flower arrangements and tiny birds made of coconut leaves, they all looked so new to me.

We left Sakleshpur after a hearty meal in the afternoon and reached Bangalore almost around 10 at night. It was not just a small function but a whole package of fun, food, heritage and memories that I have come back with.