After one hell of a 'roller-coaster ride' kinda vacation in India, we got over the jet lag in a couple of days as expected. Having had lots of people around us all the time during our vacation, you surely would understand that we are missing being around people. I have to confess that I have always been very emotional about India ever since I left in 2001 but as years are passing by that feeling has been increasingly growing.
Anyways this time while in India I had my eyebrows done and once again put myself through that horrible pain. All it takes is 10 to 15 minutes, but it is most difficult to endure the pain, the tears and the non-stop sneezing. Each time I swear on my tears that I am never going to put myself through this misery again. I know all the men out there are not going to understand a bit of what I am saying, my suggestion consider yourself lucky you don't have to do one. Tell me, are you going to listen to the person who is plucking the life out of you? Seeing me in pain the lady decided to give me the same old tip "you need to do this more often, you just cannot have it done once in a while and wish its not going to hurt". I know I know lady...but how am I gonna find that time to drag myself to some 30 odd miles drive just to go through this misery every 3 weeks? Not because I enjoyed listening to my tormentor's little speech on making the eyebrow threading more regular, somehow I decided this time that I am going to make it a point to be more regular.
If you think that I stuck to my decision of being more regular, you don't know me well yet. Yes the decision was forgotten as soon as the hectic life started back home. The other day I was dropping Mollu to the bus stop, when one of the fellow Mom, decided to start an unusual chat with me. She came right next to me and asked "Did you get your eyebrows done?". Huh !! I never thought that the eyebrows had made such a big impression considering the fact that my eyes are hidden behind those glasses that I wear. I was suddenly proud that I had my eyebrows done and she had definitely reminded me of the resolution that I had made in India. I told her that I had it done from India during my vacation and also gave her the short story on how I won't be able to continue doing it as the only place I know is about 30 miles drive from our place. To my surprise the eager Mom said she knows a lady who does threading and the best part, she lives near our neighborhood. She even invited me to join her in the evening to have it done together. Evenings are always hectic at home, so I decided that I'll hold on to the card of the eyebrow lady and visit her over the weekend.
Fridays evenings are the most lazy evenings in my house, the evening chai session usually goes on for hours with catching up on some Indian News. Like I said we are getting more and more homesick/emotional about India. The card of the eyebrow lady was lying on the side table reminding me that it has been more than 3 weeks since I had done my last threading and its time to prove that I am determined enough to have threading done regularly. The card read Sunetra Tope, a marathi I analyzed.
Finally I decided to break through my laziness and picked up the phone to call the lady. 5 minutes of talking to her over the phone I had myself an appointment yay!! The lady lives right next to our neighborhood in a house somewhat like a mansion. I rang the door bell thinking 'why would she be threading when she lives in such a huge house'. Also I had just $20 bucks with me, which I thought was enough for a threading service before seeing the house. I was a little scared now that I was inside the house. My first question to the lady was, how much does she charge for threading? Her answer put all the missing pieces of the puzzle in place. She enjoys meeting people and does threading for the fun, and so doesn't charge anything for it. If someone wishes to pay for the service, she just donates it to the temple. Wow, I have never heard anything like this in India or here. I still cannot believe I found a very good friend that day. Yes, we had a great fun evening at Sunetra's place and even ended up having dinner with them. No points in guessing what was our favorite topic during dinner. Yes it was India. :-)