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Sorry….I have been lost this past week. Between two demanding grandkids and two editors breathing over my shoulder with deadlines (that I did not meet unusually) it has been a mad fortnight.
I hardly ever get lost as I have a strong sense of direction—but Paul this does give me an idea for a story..but more about that later.
This is a photo of the cousins: Ranjan, Niela and Jai at the back and Rukki/Sowmya and Nitila in the front!!
We were in Mauritius and shopping in an area called Rose Hill. We had a nanny, a slip of a girl really who was sitting in the car with my baby daughter and Jai, my 3+ year old son. We had just gone into a nearby shop to do some urgent shopping for…yes to buy a birthday present for a kid from Jai’s playschool who was throwing a party. In ten minutes when we came back to the car, Jai was not in the front seat! With horror when we asked the nanny, she looked blank and said that Jai had got out of the car and followed us to the shop. We began to search for Jai up and down the pavement and the shops. Then one gentleman said that a little boy had been taken away by the police. Mauritius was a small place and my husband and his project were well known and in the news. So we were not frantic really.
We went to the nearby police station—after asking the way as we had had no need to know its location till now. There we saw Jai sitting happily, chatting away with the policeman and drinking a whole bottle of Coca Cola—something that he was not allowed to do at home. The policeman was happy to make the acquaintance of my husband, they had a nice long discussion about politics, India, economy, travel etc. and then we went home.
Today, we are totally obsessed when we take kids out and hold on to them for dear life as the times have changed and life has become dicey with kidnapping and other issues.
I do get (without the ‘ting’) lost in a good movie or a book. Otherwise life is humdrum in the slow track of retirement and senior citizen groove….no body to say ‘get lost’!