Tuesday, 9 October 2007


After nearly four decades, we were in Manchester.

It was a rendezvous with the past. En famille we took the fast train to Manchester and were there in two and a half-hours.

Our first stop was the University of Manchester from where my husband had taken his post graduate degree. It was then called UMIST. Though he did not meet anyone he knew (they had mostly gone away or retired), he was happy to visit his department and the room where he had worked. He also met the present Head of Department who was pleased to meet him, and even pulled out his thesis which he had presented in 1973.

Lunch was at a quiet Thai place - we were the only people there, possibly because it was a Friday and maybe because it was closer to 3 pm! The food was really good, and the service friendly. Baby especially enjoyed the noodles.

We also walked around the City Centre but found the place changed a lot. Trams were noisily chugging round - they weren't running when I used to work in Lewis's the huge store. And the store itself has gone now, taken over by another company.

It was a nice day and walking around was a pleasure.


Dainty Damsel said...

I could notice that glee in uncle. It's indeed great to visit one's alma mater, and to visit after 25 years is a real ambrosia to eyes :)

Keep rocking
cheers and beers

Gowri Mohanakrishnan said...

Manchester UNITED. Now that is smart, indeed! Lovely atmos, lovely pictures! Yes, Uncle really looks happy!

pentatwo said...

"Manchester England England
Across the Atlantic Sea..."
From the musical Hair. 1967

Unknown said...

both of you must have been very happy to go Manchester after many years with shankar family. nice pictures.

Ramakrishnan said...


the visit to Manchester has done you a world of good. You look extremely trim & much younger. Almost mistook you for your brother.


raja vasanta said...

Nice reading Raji.My memories goes back much further- 1949.Would like you read my Mancunian adventure.Tell Muthu also