I also carried a book or two for those leisure moments.
We were used to similar outings but this one was extra special as it was after a very busy period and we felt we had deserved it and moreover it would be a lovely experience to have out parents relax and be at our beck and call. But just as we were about to start, the phone rang and Dad rushed upstairs to attend to it. Frustration and irritation were beginning to work on us.
They didn't say a word to scold us and I admire my mother who didn't lose her nerves. There was a big gash and his eye seemed to hurt him, so we drove back - subdued foursome - and went straight to the hospital.
My brother had to be admitted and the gash required stitches. We felt awful and were very quiet and disappointed and worried.
It was a call from one of his senior colleagues asking him to attend an important meeting that morning. But no, he persuaded his colleague to manage without him and we left for the beach.
We drove and soon reached the open countryside with trees by the roadside and open areas of land. Suddenly the car swerved to the right and we had to stop.At times their impact was subdued; at other times they came with a great deal of force and carried us before them.We would dive to protect ourselves from their impact. We were soon tired and joined our parents and sat down on the grass mat.My brother was keen to take his air gun, but I was not inclined.I looked forward to a day in the sun and to an occasional swim in the sea.It wasn't as if we felt free or that we had enough leisure.We felt that we were struggling to get some time for ourselves and this spoilt halt the fun.There was a small Rest House where we intended to stay the night. Dad took out the car from the garage and we boys started loading our stuff.Swimming trunks and towels, baskets of food, an ice-box duly stuffed with fruit and drinks - all these and our overnight cases found their way into the car.We had been busy with our examinations and Dad had lots of government inspectors and various trade delegations visiting his factory. had been caught between entertaining and household chores.So we had all decided that it was time we had a break and planned a weekend on the beach.