India: A friendship that transcends all boundaries

Jitesh, Kavita, David, me, and Ruprekha.

We spent Sunday walking and climbing the stairs of a mosque (Jama Masjid) in old Delhi as well as trekking in Red Fort.  It was extremely arduous for me, made more difficult by a 3 hour traffic jam.

But more about this tomorrow.

What I want to feature now is our wonderful dinner Sunday night with my blog friends, Kavita and Ruprekha, and Kavita’s brother (Jitesh).  Here we are at Edesia, a restaurant in our hotel (the Crowne Plaza Okhla).

What is unusual about this meeting is that we had known each other through my blog.  In fact, Kavita posted her first comment on my blog in 2008, when Kay had written about the luncheon I had hosted at my home for her and Art.  Kavita continued to comment on my blog.

In April 2011, she phoned me from her home in Assam, India to wish me well after my hospitalization.  I was uplifted by her moral support.

In December 2011, I had a second bout of Bell’s Palsy. The neurologist told me it was rare to have this type of ailment twice. I was devastated and extremely depressed.   Kavita started a prayer chain on her blog, and more than 50 people responded with a prayer for my recovery.  It must have worked, because I am now 95% cured.

What I am trying to say is that Kavita is more than a blog friend.  She is a kindred spirit, whom I like and admire with all my heart. 

Ruprekha caught my eye, when she wrote about her job, rescuing babies abandoned in trash cans, taking them to an orphanage, giving them medical treatment, and arranging their adoption.  I think everyone should donate to this charity.  I have.

Jitesh is special, because of his much needed advice.  He brought me a 5-day supply of an antibiotic for my toe infection, recommended that David and I take malaria pills, and, finally but not least, recommended Edesia as the restaurant for our meeting.

A splendid time was held by all.  I truly hope our friendship transcends all boundaries and lasts forever.

20 Responses to “India: A friendship that transcends all boundaries”

  1. Henry Hank Chapin Says:

    There is somethng very remarkable, uplifting, and inspiring about this international dinner with blog friends from India. Regarding saving babies as Ruprekha so admirably does, when I visited Mother Theresa’s orphanage in Calcutta in 1973, the nuns told us the same thing. They sent out the novice nuns every morning to look in garbage cans for babies. Most of the babies were girls, they said. The good news is that they had established an adoption relationship with families in the country of Italy.

  2. DJan Says:

    How wonderful! It looks like a fine beginning to your adventure, Gigi. And I am glad to hear you have some antibiotics for that toe. 🙂

  3. Christine Says:

    just wonderful to know you all had a great time!

  4. Grannymar Says:

    Sounds like your holiday is going with a swing. I always enjoy meeting bloggers, We get to know them from the inside on the blogs without the distraction of the wrapping. May the fun continue.

  5. Musings Says:

    This is just so wonderful! I loved seeing the photo of Kavita and her brother. How fabulous that she was able to see him too. I can just imagine what a glorious time you all had together!

  6. L....w Says:

    How thoughtful of her brother to bring you some medicine. At least you have some very competent people you know in India JIC.

    L…w

  7. palolo Says:

    Is the food in India hot and spicy? Is there other foods to taste on your trip? Take lots of pictures for us.

  8. kavitasaharia Says:

    We had such a great time ! I still can’t believe that we met . A dream come true.

  9. Linda Reeder Says:

    These do sound like wonderful people! So glad you all got together.

  10. Denise Says:

    Wonderful and very special people Gigi and it is quite an adventure you are on.

  11. Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife Says:

    What lovely people! Meeting such nice folk is one of the unexpected benefits of blogging.

  12. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    Wonderful and thanks for sharing. Love it. Dianne

  13. Jeanie Says:

    I so glad you got to meet these friends. They sound like very special people and ones you will always have a bond with.

  14. Arti Says:

    How I would have loved to be a part of this. Maybe next time 🙂

  15. Rachna Says:

    Wow this is so wonderful. Kavita is a warm and positive person. I haven’t met her as yet, but I share the most positive of vibes with her, and she has always encouraged me. Hope your India trip went well!

  16. RGB Says:

    It’s good to see how your unique bond has transcended all boundaries. Great that you could meet up and glad to hear you had a wonderful experience with them. I’ve been following Kavita’s post for a while, and she does come across as a wonderful person.

  17. Anilkumar Kurup Says:

    I remember the post on Kavita’s Blog about you.
    Good to know you have recovered well.
    I agree with you; that there are unique souls in this world and Kavita is one such kindered soul and her postings are a genre apart.

    Have a good time in India ( If you still have not left the country )and take care

  18. My Unfinished Life (@MyUnfinishedlyf) Says:

    the beauty if blogging is the reach…one makes amazing friends (some lifelong) which otherwise we woudnt have met in real life…..I have myself made some very good friends through blogs and they have helped me immensly…:)

    http://www.myunfinishedlife.com/

  19. balan Says:

    Just to say that Kavita is a great friend! 🙂

  20. bhavya Says:

    Nice to know you are fine now.I had visited your blog many times through Kavita’s.

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