Not having grown up with cousins myself - with both our parents being single kids - it is wonderful to see Asha and Enoch with Ashish, Anjali and Anita.
We arrived yesterday morning. They arrived in the afternoon. And we have now completed a day of festivities.
Anita is the new star of the family. With her huge smile and winsome vocabulary she has won our hearts. Of course her happy grannie is very glad to have her - and to have the services of Asha to help out as well.
The 'doll house' at the back of Shanti Kunj is being used to the max with many games of kitchen and cooking and dollies and wabbits and other happy members of the extended Eicher family inhabiting the place. It seems just yesterday that Asha was a small girl playing in the house - now she lovingly shepherds the two younger ones in their games.
Speaking of games - there are some wonderful sets of badminton and softball and football taking place in the front court of Shanti Kunj. Enoch and Ashish have worked up much sweat in the enthusiasm of the games - with the older generation also being expertly recruited to add more men to the teams.
Here we see a Lionel Messi taking on.... Socrates?
Last night Enoch was thrilled to get a colourful T-shirt from Stefan and Neeru - and with Ashish getting a matching one - this is what the male cousins wore today as their uniform
And books to be read. Sometimes read aloud - with Asha taking on the joy of reading for the little ones....
And comics to be devoured as well. Enoch and Ashish wanted a 'cousin lunch' today - so they were served downstairs. We found out that beside eating their food together, they were also consuming Asterix and Tintin comics too....
Hooray for cousins!