Monday, July 21, 2014

My Stockholm Diary - 10

It remained a busy weekend. The Path of Sukhmani Sahib followed by Langar (community lunch) with Bablu and Kiran  Kumar on July 19 and dinner hosted by Marita and Param Sabharwal made the day. Param is an established business person, a close friend of Naresh. Both Param and his gracious wife Marita has a cosmopolitan outlook. Param married Marita, a Swedish lady and their daughter Sofia followed suit and married Hasan, a Pakistani boy. It is a good example of harmonious living as per the Indian philosophy ´Vasudevkam Katumbkam´(the whole world is one family). The poetry recital by Inderpal Singh and Hasan, particularly that of Bulle Shah, livened the evening. The ladies made everybody laugh with their jokes which they exchange on WhatsApp etc.

Anju & Naresh along with Pallavi & Arvind planned a brief but an enjoyable trip of sight seeing at Vaxholm, an old port city outside Stockholm, on July 20. Vaxholm is a beautiful small port with Vaxholm castle situated in the water. People were enjoying in the water with small personal and hired boats besides ferry-boats plying between Stockholm and Vaxholm. We had a short walk on the banks of the Vaxholm water front. Almost everyone was relishing themselves with a variety of ice creams. We could not resist ourselves and joined them with delicious cones of ice creams in a warm and sunny afternoon. It was satisfying both for the soul and body.
We wrapped up the evening with a splendid dinner at the  newly built and tastefully furnished residence of our old friends Kamlesh and Varinder Khullar. We developed with each other close friendship during our stay in Täby, a posh area in the out skirts of Stockhom, as neighbors. Kamlesh´s hospitality is legendary in Stockholm. We enjoyed the evening throughly while reviving the old memories. Kamlesh was quite active in the community matters and still maintains her tempo. Our generous hosts had invited our old common friends Anita and Shashi Sharma also. It was nice to meet and talk to them. Their daughter Parul has made a name in designated circles, not only of Sweden but also of many other countries including India, dealing with human right and socio-economic issues of development. We wish her all the best in the years to come. The second generation of Indians has started their life in Sweden. Two young sons of Kamlesh and Varinder have done well and are happily married to beautiful Swedish ladies.

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