Timo and Irja are Paavo Yliluoma’s parents. I am his flat mate. They were in Delhi for five days to celebrate Irja’s 60th birthday. These were the coldest days, as per a newspaper’s report, in 40 years. They felt
|Happy birthday Irja|
|Didi with Yliluomas|
This topic came up for discussion again the next time we met. Paavo clarified that Timo is not very pleased with this joke. He is an emotional, sensitive and an observant man. All jokes have a figure of fun; in this case it was Didi. Timo didn’t find the joke funny for this reason. I thought the comparison was funny. I decided to narrate this joke to Didi to find her reaction. She burst out laughing, like a crackle, just for a couple of seconds. The smile stayed on her face for a long time. She was very pleased.
Miraculously enough, their zero-bacteria digestive system didn’t had to deal with any major disruption. Timo was feverish when he boarded the plane to fly back.
I felt at home in their company and look forward to meeting them again.