As far as I was concerned, Ooty to duty was quite a distance. Not that I was getting vexed with my job or family life but owing to my friendly approach with my colleagues who were attached to me to a great extent (they needed a helping hand, of course). But at home, it was fifty-fifty!
Letâ€™s forget it for the time being. The fact is, I had to lookout for a new rented house, away from Sunitha Nilayam. I had to go here and there for the next house. But the search turned out to be somewhat interesting because all available houses were close to Sunitha Nilayam. My kids who were eager to move, suggested a small house. In a couple of weeks, I landed on a new one to everyoneâ€™s liking. We called it Ananda Bhavan. â€œWhy Ananda Bhavan?â€, one of the kids asked me, and I told them, â€œthat is the name of our first prime ministerâ€™s childhood houseâ€.
â€œBe friendly with neighbors, okay?â€, I continued, â€œand whatever it may be, we have to buy books after books. You know why?â€
â€œLetâ€™s read, read, and readâ€, the kids responded in a chorus.