Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Cousins' Cruise

The cousins get-together for the boat cruise went off well. On December 30th noon, a 35 seater bus started in Dakaram with 10 of us, including Mallakka boarding there. Since Monica had to be in school till the previous evening, she and Kumari came in by flight from Hyd on 30th morning and boarded the bus in Eluru along with Sailu’s family and Pedda Attamma. Sankara Rao mamayya could not join as he has unavoidable work at the Farm. However, he came up to the bus to see us off. In Gudivada, Naveen and family along with Amarendra mamayya, Leela attamma, Raja babai and Savitri boarded. Madhavi could not join as she had some pooja at home on that day. Padma did not join as she was shifting house. Devi took a train to Rajahmundry and Haritha and her sons came from Kakinada. Both of them with their children joined us at the hotel.

We reached the hotel, River Bay in Rajahmundry by evening but missed the Sun set by a whisker. The ambience of the hotel as well as rooms was excellent. We all had dinner at the hotel. The dinner was a fiasco with the waiters milling around and not able to serve properly, with different orders flying thick and fast.

We started off early morn to Patti Seema , 30 kms from Rajahmundry which is the boarding point for boats to Paapi Kondalu. The two-deck boat was excellent. We started off at 8.30 am. Breakfast was served in the boat. Several games were played out by children and every one of them won loads of gifts. There were fun games for elders too. A game for all – finding the one missing number among the jumbled numbers from 1 to 99 was won by - hold your breath- not by any elders but by Manisha in flat 3 minutes. Sunny was adjudged King of the day for winning maximum prizes. The games were organized by Kumari and Devi. After sumptuous lunch in the boat we started back. At 5 pm we got into the bus and got dropped off at our respective places.

It was a memorable day.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Ramana. How are you? We are all doing good. Hasi and Sindhu just started to go to school after Christmas and New Year's vacation. Time is going by really fast. Sindhu has finished her first semester already.
I saw the pictures from Papikondalu that you sent to Tirumala. I felt very happy after seeing them. Even though, I wasn't there, I felt like I was there. I felt bad about not being able to be there. Ok then, say hi to everybody for me and I will talk to you later.