Im just back from a long break away from home. Away from immediate family too. It was great.
I met an old school friend, Shanthi after many many years.
What I see in these pictures is that we both look so happy. Not only to meet. But to be away from it all.
Shanthi was revelling in coming back home (she lives in America) alone and not having to go sightseeing, explain Indian bathrooms and weird behavior of people here to her kids; not have her husband hustle her all the time. She could visit her friends, take off wherever she wanted to and generally be herself.
I was staying with my sister in a hassle free, men free household. We cooked skimpily, talked when we wanted to and did whatever we wanted to alone or together. No onus to behave or entertain. I could help out or not with any chores. A very undemanding atmosphere.
Women should really get away from routines occasionally with each other.