Friday, 10 June 2016

Khargar, Family Lunch - Sunday, 29 May 2016

Having celebrated our wedding anniversary in Goa we thought of observing Queenie's birthday on 27 May - 2 days later on a Sunday - in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai. Since we ourselves got in on the 23rd of May for aunty Ann's birthday we did not have very much time to host a lunch for 40 people in a new place with nary a chair, not to mention a bed to rest on!

Nevertheless, as the days rolled by we put things in place and everyone had a wonderful time that afternoon. Aunty Teresa and Uncle Mathew Albuquerque came in from Santacruz, Mumbai. Their daughter Angie came too. They were driven by Fr.Sundar, uncle Mathew's son. Fr. Sundar had celebrated the wedding Mass for us in Kurla. Along with Fr. Sundar in the car was Vicku another son from Mulund. Vicku is dad's godchild and both were delighted to see each other. It is quite amazing that Fr. Sundar drove all the way from Kharghar right up to Bishop's House, Colaba where he serves.

Two cars came in from Pune on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. The first one was driven by Alten, my brother-in-lay and his son Duran. The second car was driven by my sister Vanessa.  In the car was her family of Felix who she married in 2001 and their daughter Maegan.  Iincidently Felix's family are also Mendoncas. During my days in Poona University, doing my M.Phil, I often used to pass by the seat of the Mendoncas in Pune at 849, Dastur Meher Road, Camp, after the 5.30 p.m. Sunday Mass at St. Xavier's church, Camp -- little knowing that we would be family in time to come. Irene, my sister-in-law, and Gus my brother-in-law with his wife Lynn graced the occasion with their vibrant presence.

Eliza, my sister-in-law came in from Colaba with her daughter Becky.  They came via Vashi where Irene's daughter-in-law, Rochelle joined us.

Queenie's brother Linus's children Melanie, Michelle and Mabelle -- the helpful 'elves' -- came in the morning to help.  Believe it or not Michelle brought the precious sannas in the Mumbai local train from Kurla to Kharghar. Though as she says she took the dhakas the sannas emerged unscathed. 

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