Yesterday was young Master Prabhnoor's first birthday and we celebrated it in the privacy of his home. The festivities began with the cutting of the cake. And what a pretty and yummy cake it was! Pirjo had made it and brought it on the bus from her home. Ensin syötiin Pirjon tekemää upeaa herkullista kakkua, johon hän oli edellisenä päivänä valmistanut pinon pohjia. Vasta kakun jälkeen söimme ruokaa.
Noor's dad Charandeep, who works for Elisa, is good at technology. We could see a marvellous picture show on their flat screen TV. Pictures of the family in India, Indian and other friends in Finland, many pictures of baby Noor, and lots and lots of Pirjo, Eric, me and my husband. It was great.
Charandeep, Amrita and little Noor with their "adopted family" Pirjo and her son Eric. Kaikki alkoi siitä kun Pirjo pysäytti Charandeepin kadulla muutama vuosi sitten koska tämä oli intialaisen näköinen ja Pirjo halusi tiedustella oliko turvallista tehdä Intian matka silloisten selkkauksien aikaan.
The birthday boy was rather tired. Uni voitti lopulta pikku synttärisankarin.
We met some warm and friendly Indian people at the party. This is Smitha and her son Apu. Apu was the life of the party, joyful and outgoing. To my great surprise he spoke English. That made it easy to make friends with him.
Ah, the food, the food... ! What a treat. Indian food prepared by real Indian people in their home. Everything was excellent. Kidney beans (the dark mixture) and something delicious with tofu in it.
A salad (I loved the thin round raw slices of carrot in it), rice, something spicy with chicken in it and some Finnish beetroot-horseradish thingamajig.
These lovely ladies were Varsha (on the left) and Ritu (on the right). The sweet little boy was Akshat. There was also a super nice Russian lady, Yev, but I didn't get any good pictures of her. I'm hoping someone else at the party did.
Ritu's husband Manik was at the party, but Smitha's husband was working and had not yet arrived when we left, so we didn't get to meet him.
A perfect end to a perfect evening: Indian tea, made even more festive with a bit of cardemum in addition to ginger and cinnamon.