“Help, but do so without expecting anything in return.”
And I think thats what has kept the bond going so strong, this long. :) Though the families are from 2 countries that are thousands of miles away, the friendship has come down to the 4th generation.
These 3 friends(in the photos) came to Coimbatore for the 1st time on the 22nd and we were pretty excited. When we met them 10 years ago for the first and last time, we could just not communicate ‘coz they didn’t know English and we didn’t know German. :( We’ve never met / spoken since then too. But now, when they were here, we had so much fun that we felt that we’d spoken to each other forever. :)
For those of you who wanted to know what we did together, here is a glimpse of the week through pics.. :)
Photos courtesy : Johanna. :) Thank you so much. :) some of it from the iphone too. :D
The People : Mom, Akks, Maamai, Maami, Shamb, Raghav, Ammamms, Thaths, Johanna, Aunt Conny, Roberta, Virginia and Giorgio. No fun without them! <3
Must thank : all the people who cooked / drove us around! :) Nothing would’ve been possible without them..
Stay at Valparai : WoodBriar Bungalows.. A home away from home, actually! :)
Day 1.. :)
Twin sisters! ;)
Awaiting the arrival of the rest of the family. :)
Day 2.. Of Mehendi, Banana leaves and Thoppi Dosas..
Mehendi time! :)
Eating with their hands.. :)
Thoppi Dosa.. after so long! :) This really fascinated them.. :)
Day 3.. :) Of Travel, Valparai, Photos, Christmas Fun and Dances..
Sharing happiness.. :)
Sweet times! :)
Catching up over a cup of tea.. :)
The brothers deep in thought while playing chess.. :)
Having fun.. :D
Rock pool! :D
Designs created by flowers and leaves on the rocks..
Sibling(s) posing.. :D
A lovely li’l river in Valparai… :)
Group pic.. :)
Oops! No no, Family pic! <3 :*
Enjoying the cooollddd water! :D
Christmas thatha on his way! ;) :D
Of Christmas gifts and Teddy Bear hugs. :)
Christmas special! :)
Christmas : learning their way of celebration..
Dancing around the Bonfire! :D
We celebrated Christmas their way! :D
Day 4… Of Treks, Music, Sarees and Crazy photos.. :D
Indian Gaurs in action… What a fight!! :O
Just a few metres away from us! :O
And we finally spotted a Malabar Giant Squirrel.. :)
Singing away to happiness at the hammock with the awesome cousins! :)
Saree love! <3
They were actually comfortable in their sarees! :D :)
Eating and dressing the Indian way.. :)
1 craaaazzyyyy photo session! :D
The last group pic of their stay here! :( But we are waiting for them to come back next year to celebrate a special occasion of the 2 families ! :D
Day 5… Of Good-byes! :'( Farewell time. :(
And it was farewell time already! :'(
So, that, was the week! :) Fun, happiness, love, crazy photo sessions, traditional times and laughter filled the air.
For each other, we are always there. After how ever many years, we’ll always care. Many years down the lane, to hurt each-other, we’d never dare. India and Germany – the bond will always be fair. Love and happiness – we’ll always share. You and we – We’ll always hug like a teddy-bear. :)
We are Family. <3