Twenty years ago I accidentally stumbled into a little store, intrigued by its name. I held my little daughter, wrapped up warm in the winter chill, as I looked at the very unusual face of this young woman who owned the store, and tried to convince her she should model for me, while I ogled at the lovely curios on display.
And we became friends.
And the store became a refuge for chai and hugs and love and my personal Aladdin's cave where I found the perfect gift almost always, gifts that traveled across the world to friends far away. Tokens of love, slices of home, pieces of the heart and surprises from India, all wrapped up in brown paper with the little black card.
Twenty years!!! Congratulations my darling friend, @ritikanarangtickoo for showing us that something so beautifully nurtured and curated with love will stand the test of time and remain a beacon of sunshine and happiness for so many of us.
Do you know how much joy I have felt whilst spending time in @eitherorpune
Searching for presents, talking to you , eating laddoos, sipping masala chai? How you ve always been there for me and mine, from frantic printouts for visa applications and last minute darji help, generous and loving gifts with so much thought you have put into every one of them.
We are all blessed by your radiance
Love you long time.
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