Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Last weekend, I was able to complete all the required work for Sweekar and the various other medical things I participated in, and was finally able to kick back and spend some much needed quality time with Ravi Pednana, Nalin, and Chitra Auntie. Nalin promptly picked me up and we began the long drive to Sinipuri. I asked him if we could visit the house that KL Thata (my Grandfather) lived in and he agreed. We visited the house, and it was so great to hear about all the fun times and stories that had occurred here. Whether it was playing cricket on the driveway, or having all of the cousins over for lunch, it was so fascinating to hear about my Dad’s childhood. I’m sure he would be nostalgic if he visited this house, and so I was so happy to visit a place that was so important to him. We took several pictures of the house and here they are:

After we visited the house, we went to Ravi Pednana’s house and chatted for an hour or so. In true Reddi family fashion, we mostly blabbed about music (particularly the Beatles) and history. It was so much fun to spend time with them. Chitra Auntie arrived, and they insisted that I sing for them. I’m a sucker for a sing along, and could not refuse. So we jammed to the Beatles, Abba, and Sheryl Crow for about an hour, and I had such a great time singing for them, and they were great sports about it. I must’ve sang for an hour or so and they were attentive and a wonderful audience the whole time.

Like my Dad always says, you have to sing before you are rewarded with food, and so after singing we had a wonderful lunch. It was so delicious, and although Chitra Auntie and Ravi Pednana insist that I hardly ate anything, I really enjoyed it. The cherry on top, was the delicious chocolate cake that I devoured after lunch (Yes, I did kiss my diet good bye this day:)!

After the lunch, I got to see their home theatre, which I was so impressed by. It was such a cool room, with the wall projecting movies, and a couple of cozy couches placed in the perfect viewing spot. We watched an old concert video of John Lennon playing his famous “Imagine” on guitar, and I really enjoyed it. It was such a great version of this song, and as usual Lennon did not fail to impress.

1 comment:

  1. Chands
    I am so happy you got to visit our old home in Sainikpuri. We have such wonderful memories associated with that place so I am glad you got to see the place that we always talk about. This was KL Thata and Nainamma's home and we (not just the four kids but the cousins, uncles, aunts and other family friends) spent a lot of time there and have some terrific memories associated with the place and the people. It is good that you also spent time with Ravi and Chitra and Nalin at Sainikpuri. I always thought that Ravi Pedanaina had a great singing voice and he could always hit the high notes effortlessly (especially the McCartney Ballads); so I am glad you got to sing for him and I hope he liked your style and range. I am also very happy that you spent time with Nalin and got to bond with him and get to know him better.
    Love Ya