Tanflora -- Our own Keukenhof around Bangalore

Got an invite to visit a Rose farm from one of our running group member. Though this trip was long due it was like now or never as the season for roses almost comes to end with HOT Indian summer. From Bangalore we need to go via Sarjapur, Bagalur in Housr District of TamilNadu. Google name is Amuthugondapalli. Due to exam time many people could not come but it was still a sizable group of 30. 

Myself and Aarush joined another dad & son in car-pool to drive down there. Both the boys of same age became better and bitter friends quickly. The road was a long one for us as we have to travel on ORR to Sarjapur Junction and pass Decathlon and Sarjapur village till we reached Baglur Village. From there we took a right turn next to Police station and drive for 7+ KM to reach a place with a sign for Tenaflora. We were the first one to reach and as soon as Aarush and Abhinav got out of the car started to run and explore the vast open space. 

Soon we were joined with our hostess and other group members. She briefed us on a quick background the farm and how it works and we stared the guided tour. Roses are pretty but they needs lots of care and best resources to grow. The green houses are computer controlled to ensure the right level of temperature and humidity is maintained. The water that needs to be filtered and ensured right level of pH and EC maintained. If you are wondering what is this EC it is Electrical Conductivity of water may be we studied somewhere long time ago. There were those huge cold storage where unsorted and sorted roses are kept once they are picked form the green-house. The whole process is very tedious and labor intensive just like tea. Like tea garden ladies work with their delicate hands for sorting and ensuring right set of roses are packed together. The global standard is of 20 rose stems in one. We completed the post plucking production from un-sorted roses to a final packing and ready to be shipped in those big card-board box.

After that we had a stupendous lunch spread before us. The outside temperature was very hot but after a rest we walked towards green house. It was really hot out there. Inside greenhouse it was a great relief and it reminded us Shilshila. Growing up in India in 70/80s you it is kind of marked in your memory with permanent marker. Here we saw how they take care of each buds right from when they are in the size of peanuts. 

The best was kept for the last each of us were given a rose bouquet of different colors. Hope these pictures tell you the story better than me.

A Weekend - supposed to be perfect

Aarush reminded me it's  Friday,  at breakfast table and that he should have the I-Pad with charger for the Weekend; somehow he remembers when it is Friday very well for his age. Well the weekend was supposed to be a just another weekend on the calendar with no specific plan. There were some weekend work/changes/releases at office but not a major ones. Nowadays my running group is doing long runs on Saturday instead of Sunday. And I thought to myself if I start sharp at 5 I should be able to  finish by 7:15  and back home before 7:30 so that I can take care of Aarush.

On Friday I headed to bed early put the alarm for 4:15 and I left home for GKVK at 4:30. It was bit spooky to reach there and be alone in the dark. The only street light was working was around gate of NCBS. So did few short rounds of quick jogging on the road luckily there were no stray dogs. As I was finishing up my warm up exercises one by one my running group members started to show up. Without much time at hand I started running alone in the dark. I was thinking the faster ones will cross me any time after 15-20 minutes and then the others will follow. But saw my running buddies almost when I completed first loop and was at 9.8+ KM mark. I joined them back and to complete the remaining part without a break as I was carrying a small water bottle. Soon the second loop almost started to get complete and finished 20K in 1:50. 

At 20KM mark reached back to car and had little water break and then started the last 3KM. Now the real challenge was supposed to be faster by 1 minute for the last 3 KMs. I did OK and finished them within target shared by coach. It was 7:12 and with that headed back home. By the time I reached home Pamela already left for work and our maid and cook were busy working. Aarush was still asleep. Complete the workout with some stretching exercise; it was a real achievement to run 20+3KM within the plan.

After that had a quite morning, Aarush woke up, we completed shower, breakfast &  homework. He played little bit of games on Ipad while I uploaded my running details in GARMIN. Around 11ish dropped Aarush to Abacus class this was his 3rd session, something to keep him away from TV and IPAD on the weekends. 

Picked Aarush and Pamela around 1PM, after lunch had a nice nap and whith my best try Aarush did not slept. But he was ready for some rounds of roller blades within our apartment complex. It was kind of boring so called even friends with a hope if they are free;  will catch up with them.

After 9:30 in the night there was some glitch at work so spent some time on that issue ; was thinking to join Nike Run Club with Pamela on Sunday Morning. 

Sunday morning the alarm went off on correct time but two of us were lazy to go out - a perfect Sunday morning finished Breakfast late then completed household chores. Had lunch on time followed by a nap. I really felt good after a long time that got a restful weekend. 

The following day being Holi – festival of colors. There was some celebration within our complex ; Pamela and Aarush stayed there while I came home to prepare dinner.

After 30 minutes or so Aarush came back home and said he is not going to have dinner and going for sleep. Got little irritated with this as how he can skip his dinner and go to sleep; called Pamela and spoke about the same. So after 3 min (precise time from phone call log) I went inside and asked Aarush to change his dress and I washed his hand and face. While pat drying his hand my almost perfect weekend came to an abrupt halt and left me jolted on seeing Aarush left  hand was completely broken and it was twisted. 

I ran got some first aid to support  his hand and called Pamela again informing her to return immediately. And we rushed to ER of hospital next door. 

Everyone at hospital was shocked that how this 6 year old was not crying or howling and showing a brave expressionless face. They called the on-call orthopedic and by the time completed his first round of X-ray.

The only sound that came from him was when they applied traction to straighten his hand. Again another round of x-ray to confirm whether the setting was OK and finally we came home. 

Well today is only Tuesday and tomorrow evening we need to visit hospital again for another round of x-ray to confirm all is OK before they put a complete hard cast on his hand for 6 weeks. 

Today, I feel bad not for his broken hand but for hiding this incident because of the fear of being scolded . Looks like I failed completely and still trying to find an answer what triggered him to behave like that as on the same evening I have spent a good time on the play ground with him before leaving for home to prepare his favorite dinner. 
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