“Last year during the lockdown Aavya was with her grandparents’ (Dadi and Nani) in India. She became best friends with Akshay Mamu.
But she had to come back due to the pandemic. It was so difficult for her to go from seeing them everyday to only being able to see her from afar.
Now, everytime she sees an airplane, she tells everyone- “Akshay Mamu hain usme” and frequently says, “Akshay neeche aajao, khelenge.”
One day, when Aavya was throwing a tantrum, I scolded her. When she saw the airplane that day, she said “Akshay, mumma ne daata!” Her innocence makes me cry at times.
Akshay and Aavya are more than 25 yrs apart but their bond is so pure. Everytime she gets a new dress, toy or even shoes, she says, “Mumma, Akshay ko dikhana hai. Phone karo!!!”
She waits to talk to him everyday! She says innocently- “Yahan sun aaya hai (daytime in the US), Akshay ke paas moon hoga. Jab yahan moon aayega tab call karenge!”