Thursday, March 10, 2011

My Grandson

Sankar took me to Meadowlands Hospital and Medical Center early morning yesterday and after a quick breakfast at Subway we reached there at about a quarter to eight. Ananya was lying on her bed in LR 4, all wired up with a channel in situ. The fetal ECG showed the heart rate varying from 125 to 150. We were lucky that her obstretician was soon available. Mrs. Alka Gor examined her and recommended a LUSC immediately.

She was wheeled to the operation room soon enough and we sat in her room in expectation. At 8.40am we heard a baby’s loud cry and after a few moments the nurse showed us a bonny boy. The baby was taken to the nursery and weighed:7lbs. Sankar was sent to the ground floor for the registration of the baby. I waited in LR4 and Ananya was wheeled in at about 9.30am. She appeared rather exhausted and recovering from spinal anaesthesia.

When Sankar came back with the papers we left for Poplar Street allowing Ananya to rest.

Monday, March 07, 2011



Come the fourth of March and we do celebrate our daughter Ananya's birthday. This year we had a heavy lunch at home and we had to postpone our dining out.
Next day after touring Princeton, we picked her up from home and headed for the 'Red Lobster' at Secaucus. An exceedingly cosy place where we did not have to wait long to be seated.
The waiter,a Hispanic, was all courtsey and we ordered our favourite dishes; really it was Ananya's choice.

I started with hand tossed caesar salad while my better half had New england Clam chowder soup to commence the rituals.


I chose grilled Maine lobster and shrimp. .
 A wood-grilled split Maine lobster tail, paired with two skewers of garlic-grilled shrimp topped with creamy lobster butter sauce. Served over wild rice pilaf. 19.99


My wife had Rock Island stuffed Tilapia

Fresh tilapia roasted with crab-and-seafood stuffing and topped with langostino lobster meat in a creamy lobster butter sauce. Served with fresh broccoli. 16.99





We had been to Princeton university on the 5th of March. As we all know this is tthe place where Albert Einstein stayed and taught when in USA and also the place where the "beautiful mind" John Nash studied and taught.
We missed the 1115am bus which we were intending to board for a guided tour of the campus but we joined a walking tour. A student took us around and told us the history of the various halls which we were thrilled to hear.

Thursday, February 24, 2011


We had been to Wall Street this evening. A few blocks down from this street is a massive bull in brass. the bull and the bear is what Wall Street is all about.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


It was minus six degrees this morning but later on at noon it was a quite comfortable 5 degrees. The two of us decided it was high time to walk in the sun;which we did with relish.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


I woke up to  the snow falling poetically all over. The road in front of our house was covered in white. A huge snowmover came and ploughed the snow to make the road passable for vehicles.We did not venture out in the morning.
After lunch Sankar took us to Babiesrus, a huge store where all types of babies goods and mother's requirements are available. The two ladies searched and bought for the unborn baby.

Adjacent to this shop was Wall-Marts, crowded as usual. Parking space was tough to come by. It was well below freezing point outside but we braved it to enter and was greeted by the warmth. An hour and half passed away when we came back to our house in Poplar Street. After a hot tea, my lady cooked dinner.

Monday, February 21, 2011


 Sankar and I had an entralling Sunday. The ferry ride from New Jersey Harbour to Ellis Island  was pleasant.
 They dropped us on the Island where we visited the Immigrant Museum. Like all museums of note there is no end to seeing all the exhibits. But this museum was special in the sense that they have meticulously preserved the history of the refugees coming mostly from Europe to seek shelter in the 'New World', There was also an Audio-visual display


 Sankar and I had been to to see the Statue of Liberty yesterday. We were fortunate that we were permitted to climb all the way up to the crown of the statue as my daughter Ananya had booke reservation about six weeks earlier. Although the weather was esceedingly cold and chilly we had an excellent time there

Sunday, February 20, 2011


It was a bitterly chilly evening when we landed up in Times Square, New Work leaving the comfort of a heated SUV behind us. The crowd was having the time of their lives with the dazzling lights adding a romantic hue to the moment. My son- in- law Sankar waited in the car as a parking space was hard to come by. We roamed along the square, soaking in the ambience. Lovers huddled and cuddled publicly while a burly NYPD officer maintained a watchful eye. A fat man defied the elements and sat and yawned majestically, oblivious of the cold.

A half hour later we reckoned we had enough and headed back to our car parked some distance away. Unlike UK, roadside amenities are non-existent and the two ladies were stretched to the extremes. However a sandwich shop obliged.

We headed back to New Jersey via Lincoln tunnel and halted at Burlington’s, the coat factory. My daughter bought me an anorak priced at $30 and having a made in China tag.

She insisted that we have our dinner at Italian restaurant Olive Gardens. It was awfully crowded but decency reigned. No chaos, no loud voices whatsoever. 45 minutes later we were ushered to our table and served a delicious wine to start with. Soup and salad followed with a more than generous sprinkling of cheese. For the main course I had shrimps and ravioli while the rest had chicken. More cheese was in the offing. A chocolate dessert later, we went home with the mercury remaining at a minus five.