Five days back, on 20th August 2012, I posted an article soon after returning from a pleasant and memorable picnic: Serene and entertaining sojourn at a farm house in Solipur. I explained in that article that we have a tradition of going out on a picnic to a garden or farm when a family member is in the family way. And I mentioned that our recent picnic of 19th and 20th August was in celebration of my nephew, Ch. Sridhar and niece-in-law, Ch. Swathi; expecting their first child towards end December 2012. This picnic has reminded me of the picnic of 2005 when our family was expecting the arrival of two babies!
Seven years ago, on 10th April 2005 we went on a picnic to a large farm close to Vikarabad, about 70 Kms. from our house in Secunderabad. This was to celebrate the impending birth of two babies! in our family. My niece, Ch. Uma Rani and Ch. Ravi were expecting their first child and my nephew, Dr. Sudheer and niece-in-law, Dr. Lavanya were also expecting their first child. Though it was summer the weather was very good on that day. The picnic was well enjoyed by everyone. We played a lot of games, including the usual Cricket and Tambola. I entertained everyone with several Playing card tricks and few magic tricks. We had sumptuous food and returned home late in the night. The attached photographs of the picnic reflect our camaraderie and happiness. Ch. Ravi is missing in the photographs as he was in USA on office work.
Two and a half months later, Ch. Uma was blessed with a baby boy, Ch. Akhil, on 25th June 2005, at Hyderabad. And Dr. Lavanya was blessed with a baby girl, Ch. Sudhiksha, on 1st September 2005, at Nagpur. Both these lovely and wonderful children are now in 2nd Class. They are big sources of our happiness.