Chocolate

I have been out of home for 23 days now and have left my wife alone to take care of our two boys – Reuben (5.5) and Russell (1.5). As it turns out, both boys have been driving her up the wall, day and night. I call home twice a day to get a sense of my wife’s state of mind. Slowly but surely I have come to the conclusion that she is going to crucify me when I get home. Moreover the pictures that I have been posting on this blog showing me frolicking around the world have surely aggravated the already volatile situation. And this is a big problem for me.

Eric de Keyser, CEO of Bricsys, today tried to help me solve this problem. I have heard that chocolate does wonderful things to women and Belgium happens to have the best chocolate in the world. Today Erik took me to his favorite chocolate where they make and sell hand made chocolate. Apparently, the owner of the shop has written books on the subject. “Your problem will be solved. I guarantee it. In fact, she will send you back here“, Erik told me as we left the shop. For my sake, I hope he is right.

I leave for home tomorrow morning. This has been a wild trip for me. I rode a Harley Davidson in Hawaii and a cycle in Belgium. I criss-crossed the US, flew to the middle of the Pacific ocean and crossed the Atlantic twice. I have been continuously bombarded with information throughout this trip – COFES, ODA World Conference, PTC and Bricsys.

Now I have only one fear that is gripping me. The fear that Russell will not recognize me when I get home. That will surely break my heart.

  • ralphg

    Your son will be thrilled to see you again.

  • ralphg

    Your son will be thrilled to see you again.

  • R. Paul Waddington.

    Deelip, is/are Reuben V5.5 and Russell V1.5 or aged 5 1/2 and 1 1/2 respetively πŸ˜‰

    Ralphs correct; and they will knock you down in the process, leaving you wondering if it was you they were pleased to see YOU or the chocolate and gifts I bet you have promised them? πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for the posts of your trip and the photos as well.

  • R. Paul Waddington.

    Deelip, is/are Reuben V5.5 and Russell V1.5 or aged 5 1/2 and 1 1/2 respetively ;-)Ralphs correct; and they will knock you down in the process, leaving you wondering if it was you they were pleased to see YOU or the chocolate and gifts I bet you have promised them? ;-)Thanks for the posts of your trip and the photos as well.

  • Rakesh Rao

    Nice narration and reporting, Deelip. Enjoyed reading your posts. You make technical stuff sound interesting and easy to understand.

    I bet you would be glad to be home as well – 23 days of business trip can be quite exhausting, with all the blogging etc.

    Regards
    Rakesh Rao

  • Rakesh Rao

    Nice narration and reporting, Deelip. Enjoyed reading your posts. You make technical stuff sound interesting and easy to understand.I bet you would be glad to be home as well – 23 days of business trip can be quite exhausting, with all the blogging etc.RegardsRakesh Rao

  • Anonymous

    But chocolate makes them fat… get her some flowers.

  • Anonymous

    But chocolate makes them fat… get her some flowers.

  • Deelip Menezes

    Paul, yes Reuben is 5 1/2 and Russel is 1 1/2. We celebrate what we call their half birthdays as well. We make a cake that reads “Happy Birthday Reuben version 5.5”. 365 days seems too long for a reason for celebration. We get it down to half.

    Rakesh, its been fun for me as well, even though it has been exhausting at times. Glad you and others found my posts interesting.

    Anonymous, I highly doubt flowers will do the trick for about a month of absence. πŸ˜‰

    Its 1:30 am and I am languishing at the Mumbai airport. My final flight to Goa is at 6:20 am. I cannot wait to get back home.

  • Deelip Menezes

    Paul, yes Reuben is 5 1/2 and Russel is 1 1/2. We celebrate what we call their half birthdays as well. We make a cake that reads “Happy Birthday Reuben version 5.5”. 365 days seems too long for a reason for celebration. We get it down to half.Rakesh, its been fun for me as well, even though it has been exhausting at times. Glad you and others found my posts interesting.Anonymous, I highly doubt flowers will do the trick for about a month of absence. ;-)Its 1:30 am and I am languishing at the Mumbai airport. My final flight to Goa is at 6:20 am. I cannot wait to get back home.

  • Stefan Boeykens

    As a father with three young kids and a few conferences done and a few ahead, I feel your pain. Nothing is more important than the love of your family.

    The Belgian chocoloate is indeed nice, but so is the beer. Alas, that is not what you would bring to your kids, though πŸ˜‰

  • Stefan Boeykens

    As a father with three young kids and a few conferences done and a few ahead, I feel your pain. Nothing is more important than the love of your family.The Belgian chocoloate is indeed nice, but so is the beer. Alas, that is not what you would bring to your kids, though πŸ˜‰