We were pleased to be invited to an Indian home for a Diwali celebration on Monday evening. (Today, Tuesday is the actual holiday, generally spent with family.) We were invited by Naveen, the Whitemans' cook; Ramkesh, a school employee who has been cleaning our house; and Sumitra, Naveen's sister and Ramkesh's wife, who also does cleaning and cooking for several staff members. They have three children, Hermani, Hamint, and Hemansu. Naveen and Hermani did the cooking. The Whitemans are sending Naveen to a culinary school in Dehradun. He will be able to qualify as a five-star chef when he is finished. So far he is the first in his class!
It was a lovely evening; two other staff members were also there. First we all went into their small home, which is in the first building at Jabarket, up and behind from the road. There are a tiny kitchen and two small rooms. After the meal, we went outside and the kids set off the firecrackers that Ian had brought for them.
|Ian and Neva with Ramkesh, Sumitra, and Hermani|
|Hermani in the kitchen|
|Sumitra and Ian|
|Naveen in the kitchen|
|Ramkesh and Neva|
|Sumitra and Ramkesh|
|Dan and Chota Lal|
|Poories, matar paneer, salad, and potato curry|
|Warm custard with fruit for dessert|
After the fireworks everyone posed for a group photo outside.