Sunday 26 August 2018

Independence day, Mr Incredible, 'Curry Offs' and more food...

Celebrations in India for the 72nd Independence day

Yes those of you that can remember this far back may remember that a significant event in both Indian and British history was carried out when the British granted full self-governance to India on August 15th 1947.  Celebrations each year are extremely colourful and we were lucky enough to see the events in our local community.

At 9.30am a cermonial flag raising ceremony took place by an ex Government Minister who is also a relatively recent resident here. An interesting speech was followed by lots of dancing singing and other events. Unfortunately the monsoon weather was not so kind and the evening street party events were forced inside.

Here are a few photos from the event:

Max managed to take this photo of the school entrance where traditional decorations from flowers were prepared: 

Milo getting into the spirit:

Nurses from the local hospice performed traditional dancing 

We also had a wonderful performance from local school children shown below: 

Due to the multiple festivals there are some benefits for the boys and no school days normally end up with mass play days for the neighbourhood children:

Max's birthday party part two:

Max was able to wait for a couple of weeks after his birthday to have his party when his friends were all back from summer holidays. A trip to the indoor climbing centre was arranged with lots of fun and energy abounding.

One of the highlights of the Cole party catering was a moped delivery driver from our local bakery / pizzeria with around 20 full sized pizzas being somehow stashed in various spaces on the two wheeler along with the rider - forget your little Dominos bike delivery, this was serious balancing! 
When questioned on the order the current Mrs Cole suggested that she might have been having a 'moment' when she placed the order!

The McGills and Mr Incredible:

We had some fun with our friends when they visited and one of their must do's was to experience a tuk tuk ride. This was the funniest sight when Mr M was trying to squeeze into the vehicle. A flashback to 'The Incredibles' movie came to mind!

Image result for mr incredible getting in car

The 'Curry Off' challenge:

Whilst The McG's were with us they took part in a training session with Mala who taught Carla and Di how to make a true Chicken Masala. We still have to find the winner but Di has told of her success back home...

  The weather and how to cope:

Although parts of India have really suffered from the monsoon such as Kerala, I think that we have been 'lucky' as Bangalore rainfall although high has not been as prevalent in the region we live. However when it rains it rains, so an emergency plastic 'pack a mack' was called into action by Mrs C. We zoomed past her on the scooter in embarrassment!

Eating out:

If we find an excuse to eat out then we will try to explore the local food establishments. The local hotel has a number of eateries and the latest to try was on their rooftop. The grill bar serves a number of appetising offerings and we were surprised to see our meals when they were delivered:

The boys are growing fast with all of the lovely food - not long before Max overtakes the short one in the middle! 


Update ! April 2024

  20 people sharing 2 menus! When we go to a restaurant, we seem to spend a lot of time trying to keep a straight face so that we do not ups...