Drafted yesterday but could not post it due to internet issues at home
Hari and my mother-in-law share the same nakshatiram and tamizh birth month, so they share their star birthday. Today (Nov. 19th) is Hari’s star birthday and I have been thinking of amma, who is alive in our hearts and memories but not in flesh and blood. If you have followed this space for some time now, you would know that amma was very progressive for her generation, was light hearted, and had a zest for life that was contagious. She and my parents shared a relationship that was built on mutual respect and free of expectations; not bitterness or resentment, which is more common place in arranged marriages than you would think. Both her children, Da and Aaru, take after her in many aspects – street smarts, not making much ado about anything, and always assuming positive intent and seeing good in people. My deep gratitude to the universe for connecting our families together. I feel incredibly lucky to be married into this family. Happy star b’day to amma and Hari.