Thursday, July 15, 2010
Tomorrow is an important day in our lives---it's our older daughter's Birthday---she turns 39 years old!!!The entire period from her conception to today seems like it just happened yesterday---each and every tiny detail stands out in my mind----totally crystal clear---then I realise---all this was almost 40 years ago!!!
I conceived Lotta almost immediately after our marriage---my paternal side of the Family prides itself on their quick results----and though the rule is that most children are born within 10 months of the officiation there are some like my father who take longer to produce the results---so exceptions to the rule do exist!!!I was just 17 ---having completed it just a month earlier and my eyes were full of Stardust----I wanted lots of babies---and I wanted them fast.The first period itself was missed after the Wedding----a fact that left me deliriously happy!!!I did not suffer any ill effects----just a mandatory bout of Nausea each early morning--then I was set for the day!!!My cravings also during those first 6 months were pretty strong----I loved eating all that street Food---things like Pungent,Hot, Spicy Bhel,Paani Puri and Ragdaa Patties--- that too from different locations each day---I drove poor Sudhir mad with my demands of specific outlets at specific locations----no other would do!!!-The funniest thing is that Lotta loves gorging on all those things I ate then----she's a total "Chaat" maniac!!
The result of all this gorging was an extensive burheoning in my girth---I flew from 90 lbs. to 165 lbs. in my 7th.month!!!When my parents saw me at the Railway Station they were so dumbstruck---they just stared at me for the first 2 minutes with their mouths open----literally stumped for words!!! The Doctor was my mother's friend and her daughter was both my friend and classmate---was also flabbergasted to see me!!!"Devi"she exclaimed"what IS this???She looks like a Ship in full Sail----the baby will be at least 11lbs. at birth if she continues this way----nothing else to do----she goes on a strict Diet from tomorrow!!!" and the very next day my torture began.Breakfast was a measly Bowl of "Dalia"(Porridge),the midmorning Snack a Veg. Sandwich,Lunch 2 dry Chappaties with a bowl of Yoghurt,plenty of Salad,Vegetable Curries and Dal,Tea again a Sandwich and dinner slightly better than Lunch----a cup of rice was added to it!!!I could graze on Fruits all day long---but those tongue tickling "Chaats" were TOTALLY forbidden!!!
That did it-----Mummy became my worst enemy-----and I began throwing Tantrums right left and centre-----but no matter how much I raved, raged and ranted---that lady just stood firm and shut her ears,eyes and mouth---she was like all 3 of Mahatma Gandhi's Monkeys rolled into one!!!The second grouse was waddling around for a mandatory walk---excercise was a MUST---but my increased girth and added weight had dampened my inclination to indulge in my favourite activity-----besides the "Maali"(Gardener) had warned us of a Cobra lurking around in our Garden---so that was that!!I hated Reptiles---specially that variety---with a passion(still do) and so every evening and morning our next door neighbours had free entertainment---both my parents holding me up by my arms firmly marching me up and down for 45 minutes on my walks twice a day---morning and evening!!!
By this time I was convinced that i was going to die in childbirth---who could survive the amount of torture I was undergoing----and being starved and ill treated to boot????I wrote copiously piteous letters to poor Sudhir--- volumes of them-----not to mention the Trunk calls I made for him to come and rescue me------even the Telephone Operators had a good laugh at what I had to say-----I blackmailed Sudhir emotionally absolutely mercilessly-----he later told me how fed up of all these Histrionics he was!!!
However as a month passed I became resigned to the" ill treatment" meted out to me by my parents and began waiting for my release with trepidation and longing---imagining the result----of how my baby would look like--whether it would be a boy or a girl----and praying desperately for the Baby to be healthy and fit!!!The due date given was 20th July but 10 days earlier I began to get tiny contractions----and Sudhir came rushing over to be with me!!!!