My mom’s India 2

In November 2016 my mom came to visit us after 4 years, and this time she stayed for nearly six months. For an expat who rarely gets to see their parents, it was a blissful time. I couldn’t support my mom through some difficult times in our family, and the change in her was obvious from the very first days of her visit. Though cheerful and optimistic as ever, she’s become much quieter and less outgoing. For the first time in my life I felt it’s my turn to give her inner strength instead of asking for emotional comfort. And so IĀ  did, but perhaps was not so successful.

My kids were overjoyed to see their mythical granny who used to show up only on the computer screen šŸ™‚ Ares has never seen her in real life, and Alexandra was only 4 months old when she visited last time, so it’s pretty much the same. Adriana remembered her very well and engaged her in all the possible games she could think of šŸ™‚

During her previous visits my mom spent most of the time helping me in baby care (I had three babies in 5 years, so you can imagine). We couldn’t go far with an infant, so the geography of our explorations was limited to the gardens and parks of Mumbai. Only once we managed to take her to Lonavla. This time, however, we had a chance to show her a bit of India beyond Mumbai. We used to leave the kids with their father and grandfather and make a one day trip to Old Goa, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad – all those cities I have been blogging about over here. With the kids, we explored even more of Mumbai – the zoo, aquarium, museums, cafes, most of the landmarks.

My mom pointed out lots of positive changes in India we failed to notice since her last visit. The streets have become much cleaner, almost all the sidewalk gutters are closed, and to her great relief, there are no more rats šŸ™‚ At least in the area where we live. As usual, she was fascinated by the kindness and friendliness of the people. One of her brightest impressions – an auto rickshaw driver jumping out of his vehicle and rushing to help someone who fell off the bike. Also, she found all the policemen extremely helpful, friendly and polite. I know, it’s supposed to be a norm, and even in our country things are changing for better where the police is concerned, but not so long ago a rude and corrupt policeman in Ukraine was not something out of ordinary.

Anyway, I’ve selected lots of pictures to illustrate the story of my mom’s visit, and I hope you’ll enjoy them!

A happy meeting at Mumbai International Airport after 4 years.

Granny and her beautiful granddaughters going for a party together.

Sampling some Indian dishes with Ares. Dosa is her all-time favorite šŸ™‚

Taking lots of sunny pictures to make the rest of the family jealous in snowy Ukraine šŸ™‚

Exploring some cure corners of Mumbai.

A photo with the Taj HOtel is a must šŸ™‚

Same goes for the Gateway of India, but mum is already tired of being photographed šŸ™‚

Missing her gardening activities and giving a free tutorial to the gardeners in the Hanging Gardens, Mumbai šŸ™‚

Discovering exotic flowers

Trying on a giant Mumbai shoe šŸ™‚

“Don’t I look pretty slim with this tree on the background?” šŸ™‚

Street food!

What should we start with?

Exercising in the public garden.

Trying to swing on the banyan tree roots (extremely unsuccessful :))

Boating is always fun.

Horse riding was one of mymom’s dreams when she was younger, and it never came true. That’s why she’s so happy for Adriana and Alexandra who’s been riding horses since they were very small.

A visit to the city aquarium in Mumbai.

One never gets bored with those three šŸ™‚

It’s Christmas time!

Let the journey begin šŸ™‚

Found her name in the list of passengers! (We don’t have anything like this in Ukraine)

The very first in the list!

In the garden of Margao with her best of friends – my mother-in-law šŸ™‚

“Me and a palm tree” is a must photo for everyone visiting an exotic country šŸ™‚

With Adriana in the zoo.

Traveling by Mumbai local trains and enjoying it! Yes, apparently such things are possible šŸ™‚

At the Adalaj stepwell. A queen, no less šŸ™‚

Same place. Partners in crime šŸ™‚

Relaxing near the water reservoir of Jama Masjid in Ahmedabad. Amost a ritual ablution šŸ™‚

Oh my, that’s huge!

Ready for a ride šŸ™‚

Giant babobab of Hyderabad, tiny mom šŸ™‚

He he, she just loved that hut šŸ™‚

Exploring the Golconda fort.

… and Charminar.

Dresscode šŸ™‚

Miss you, mom, and can’t wait for the upcoming adventures šŸ™‚



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9 thoughts on “My mom’s India 2

  1. India is actually very great destination for travelers. especially from last one decade people are traveling there alot. and I agree with that. by looking at the time your mom has spent in India. it surely is worth it!

    • So true. India has something to offer for every kind of travelers – luxurious accommodations and budget hotels, places of natural beauty and architectural wonders, popular tourist spots and offbeat destinations.

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