Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Home beckons...



My brother, who lives and works in Bangalore, is currently visiting my parents in Guwahati...

Yesterday papa posted some pictures of my brother's visit home ...today, this is what my brother writes from Guwahati...

"Yesterday, I lived another day as a 17 year old. Took the city bus to Guwahati club hanging by the door (unlike before paid the full fare)...took a rickshaw back home (without threatening the rickshaw driver or haggling with him)...Had a couple of plates of momo (offered my friends without spitting on any)...bought a packet of Wills Filter from the shop downstairs (paid him a few extra bucks for all the cigarettes he gave me on credit)...met an old friend and went for a drive(did not play tennis, but made plans to)...smoked the day's last cigarette in the toilet(did not bother to spray the room freshner)...finally spent a few hours sitting in my balcony,before going to bed (the way I used to)...I love this place. After all these years, I realize I am more or less the same...and I am really glad about it"...

Well as I looked at the pictures and read this, I wanted to tease my brother about smokes and cigarettes constituting a major part of his nostalgia, I wanted to tease him about having put his 'cool dude' status in extreme jeopardy by becoming so philosophical,I wanted to nudge him and remind him that the balcony he mentions as his own ,was mine for a much longer period of time before it was passed on to him
(so it actually is still mine:-))...whatever!!! )...and then I felt a tug in my heart...oh boyy...it sure has been an interesting life journey for everyone in our family, with a lot of things that have changed and a lot that haven't...and amidst all the stress of planning a trip to India (specially for people like us, who have to get 'n' number of things done in a short period of a couple of weeks of vacation, including the oh so stressful visa stamping stuff etc.)...all of a sudden I wish the holidays were closer...yes home beckons...and I wish D and I were there right now...with family...

Hopefully I will have a lot of interesting stories and perspectives to share when I get back to blogging again...

Till then, I wish you all a very safe and happy holiday season with friends, family and all your loved ones!!

Happy holidays folks !!

7 comments:

Rush said...

Hey Priyanka, it looks beautiful! Have a great trip both of you. Hope you get spoilt rotten, get to eat a lottt of yummy food, get to hang out at favorite joints... spend quality time with family and friends.

Happy Holidays!

GNSD said...

I hear you... the holidays, any celebration and bigger event makes us miss home all the more. Luckily, with technology, we are still very connected and close! I remember when my dad would travel for work... my mom would put in a trunk call.. and wait for hourse, till the connection went through. Her 5-6 minute call was all she got to update him about us and get there conversations going..
So still, with distance, technology helps us be closer!
Safe travels.. and definitely Happy Holidays!

Chandrika D said...

Childhood memories are so precious! And this is so beautifully articulated! :)

Glad everything fell into place for your trip. Have a great time and safe travels!

Priyanka Rajkhowa said...

@Rush: Thanks so much yaar...of yeah, D and I such a huge list of 'to dos' as far as favorite food joints and hang outs are concenrned...hope we'll be able to cover at least a few of them...good luck to you girl :-)!! Enjoy!

@Garima: Yep, completely agree that it's much easier to keep in touch with folks with all the technological advancements of our era.Almost evryone is just a mouse click /press of a button away as far as communication is concerned...but nevertheles, it's never really going to be able to replace one on one communication in person, I guess...that reminds me of these scenes in the george clooney flick,'Up in the Air' where a guys breaks off with his girlfriend over a text message and people are fired over the internet...that lack of personal touch brings out the gloomier side of all all the technological advancements we love...

@Chandrika: Thanks so much Chandrika...wish you and Ravi HAppy Holidays and we'll see you when we get back...good luck with the little one!

Swans Samplings said...

Nice!!!1

Priyanka Rajkhowa said...

@Xuan: Thanks so much!

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Enisha Sarin, Pallavi Barthakur Gillani, Suchitra Subramanyan, Sangeeta Barua and Sutapa Dey Ghadiali like this

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Sangeeta Barua:

Chintu ,...read this and believe me it is making me soooo home sick..!!

December 17,2009 at 3:36am
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Nabanita Ghosh:

When r u guys going ? Have a great trip.

December 17, 2009 at 6:23pm
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Enisha Sarin, Dec 19:

Chintu, home beckons me too...have a great vacation and a wonderful new year!

December 19,2009 at 11:48am
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Priyanka Rajkhowa, 12:59 pm

@Simi ba: :-(...so are are headed to Guwhati anytime soon ??

@Tutun mashi: Thanks so uch...we'll be there next week...

@Sumi ba: :-)) ...Wish you guys an awesome vacation as well... have loads of fun !

December 20,2009 at 12;59pm