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  • "A great marriage is not when the 'perfect couple' comes together.
    It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences".
    Dave Meurer, "Daze of Our Wives"

    My parents celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary on May 1st
    My mother (amma) was just 19 when she got married.
    My father (appa) was working in the Indian Railways.
    Until her marriage,amma had just seen a train, but never
    sat in one :) Once her father had taken the family to Mangalore
    to see a circus called 'Kamala Three Ring circus'. Then he had
    taken them to the Railway Station to see the train!!
    Amma who had till then only seen a train, had to travel all
    the way to Kharagpur ,a long way away,immediately after
    her marriage .
    My ajja sent her younger brother and sister along as company.
    I think he was more apprehensive about his daughter's journey
    than she was.
    On May 11th, they left for Madras from Kasaragod by Madras Mail.
    It seems in those days, when the pantry car had not yet come
    into existence, the train stopped at Kannur for ½ an hour. People
    went to the platform to eat or food was brought into the train in
    tiffin carriers and banana leaves.
    The next day they reached Madras then they had to take the
    Madras Howrah Mail to Kharagpur and reached there on the 14th.
    Indeed a very long journey for a person who had never been on
    a train before!!

    Some time in 1965, appa and amma with two children decided
    to go to Darjeeling for a holiday.
    They had to go in the train and then at one place they had to
    cross the river by steamer and then take the meter gauge train.
    When the Ganga enters Bengal, it splits into two, the Hugli and
    the Padma.
    Just before the breakup, a barrage was constructed- Farakka barrage.
    The train stopped to the south of the barrage and they had to
    cross the river by steamer.
    They reached that place quite late in the evening.
    In those days there were trunks and holdalls, no suitcases:)
    Appa went ahead with the coolie who was rushing. Amma followed
    with two of us. At one place, some people went to one side and
    others to another. Appa was nowhere to be seen so amma followed
    some ladies who had been in their compartment and climbed up
    the waiting steamer. To her dismay she saw appa nowhere.
    She immediately climbed down and saw him coming towards
    them anxiously. He had gone to the correct steamer and after
    paying the coolie saw that his wife and children were nowhere
    to be seen. That was a happy reunion.
    The steamer on which amma had gone left soon , God knows where
    it was going.
    Many,many incidents have happened along the way,these fifty three
    years, some happy and some sad. Life goes on :)

    I read somewhere,
    “ We see in life what we want to see.
    If you look for the extraordinary in the ordinary,
    You can see it.
    Life is precious and extraordinary.
    Put your attention on this fact and
    little ordinary things will take on a
    whole new meaning”.
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