As we entered the village, we were welcomed by fragile houses with mud smeared walls, dry- unpaved roads which have never seen Asphalt, dusty animals, open drainage running up to their brim infront of the houses on both sides of the road. Finally we reached Subbanna uncle’s house where the neighbors informed us that the family was off to their farm. So, we decided to meet them there rather than troubling them in the hot sun.
It was a visit due for a couple of years now.. After repeated invites from Subbanna uncle, the long pending plan finally materialized. Mom woke up early in the morning and prepared some food enough for the 2 families and around 12 noon, we headed straight to Haniyur- a small village 10kms away from Rajanukunte on Doddaballapur road.
Uncle was busy with the labourers in his Asters garden while aunty was in the grape vineyard. The youngest member of the family: Uncle’s grandson- Munish was busy too.. playing with the pipes which were laid for drip irrigation. They were excited on seeing us in his farm and some welcome drink- Tender coconut water was sanctioned immediately. We told them that we would be having lunch with them in the farm itself and opened all the packages we had to. For salad, we had tender cucumbers from the garden. Main course was Coorgi food and some nice Haniyur-Ragi-Mudde. Yummy lunch ended with fresh chikkus, guavas and plantains- all from his farm. No restaurant could make up for the cool, fresh and pleasant ambience under the grape vine though the scorching sun behaved ruthless outside.
Later we explored the village and enjoyed the rusty country side as much as we could take in. Soon it was time to bid good bye to this wonderful family.
Around 4.p.m, we started from there. We decided to visit a temple around 4kms from there before we took the deviation towards the city. I’m not a temple kinda person, but for my parents’ sake went to the “Madurai- Shaneeshwara temple”. We were done with the darshan in 15mins or so..