Today, the strangest thing happened. And I just can’t figure it out. I am going to try and describe it and if anyone can figure it out, please let me know.
When I got to office, there was an envelope lying on my desk. This is the description of the envelope and its contents:
- It was one of those airmail envelopes with the postage stamp pre-printed on it (as opposed to being glued on).
- The postage stamp is from the United Arab Emirates. I don’t know anyone who lives there.
- The postmark on the stamp is Kottayam, a town in Kerala. I don’t know anyone who lives there either. There is no Mumbai stamp anywhere.
- There is a printed sticker on the envelope with my office address on it. What’s unusual about it is that unlike the other mail I receive at work, it has neither my designation nor my department mentioned on it.
- The flap has been closed with some Scotch tape.
- Inside the envelope is a single sheet of thick, cream coloured letter paper.
- On the letter-paper, there is a letter that says the following:
Dear Papa, Mom and Namita,
Trust all of you are fine. Sanjay, Divya and me are all very eager to see you. Divya’s school vacations start by the end week of June. She has already got me to book the flight tickets for June 30.
My colleague and close friend Ravi is getting married on July 18. I’m planning to gift him a mixer-grinder. And for you Mom, how about a fully automatic washing machine? We’ll go shopping in Kochi or Thrissur I’m glad I don’t have to pay excess baggage this time, since we can get all the stuff from Kerala itself. Is the plastering of the new house over? Papa, please keep the flooring and painting on hold till I come.
When is Namita’s exams getting over? Mom I feel it’s time we bought some jewellery and started planning for her marriage. I’ll call up later to confirm our travel plans. In the meantime, Mom, you can get the mango pickles ready. And yes, coconut barfis for Divya. Looking forward to seeing you all soon.
- I don’t know anyone by the name of Namita or Divya and the Anita I know lives in London.
- How and why has this letter, which has nothing to do with anyone I know, arrived in an envelope addressed to me?
Anyone like to venture a guess? Because I can’t for the life of me figure this one out.
In other news, we are heading off to Goa for a long weekend. I just made the list of things to be packed – as you would remember from the last post, packing for non-business travel clearly lies on the right side of the table, which is my domain. A couple of funny things about the list:
- There are 41 items listed under Ayaan’s name, 25 under mine and just 13 under Jai’s.
- The toy list for Ayaan includes – beach toys, water toys and other toys.
Which brings me to the other thing I can’t figure out – is it possible to travel light with a baby. And if yes, how?