अण्णा म्हणजे माझे आजोबा. माझ्या वडिलांचे वडील. बालपणीचा माझा पहिला वहिला मित्र. घरात कोकणी आणि मराठी दोन्ही बोलत असल्याने, घरी कोकणीमधल 'अरे तुरे' च वापरल जायच, समजा जरी मराठी बोललो तरी संबोधन 'अरे' हेच, मग ते आजोबा असोत, नात्यातली इतर वडिलधारी मंडळी असोत... त्याला निकष एवढाच की ती व्यक्ती तुम्हाला जवळची असायला हवी! आणि कोकणीत बोलताना तर 'अरे तुरे' च वापरल जात. असो.
While getting to Tucson yesterday there was a strange nostalgia. Only 2 months back I had been there as also 3-4 times in the last few years. But this was different. I was going to Tucson to go to Kitt Peak. Tucson was the first place I had been to in the US and that was because I was to observe Sersic-Pastoriza galaxies at a 1-m class telescope. I had encountered many surprises there. Taxi-drivers discussing law; being given the keys to the dome and asked to observe all alone; the variety filled dishes etc. As it happened I was fogged out then.